Learn how to declutter, minimize, organize, and switch to non-toxic cleaning products, many of which you can make at home.
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Not everyone is a fan of Marie Kondo's somewhat radical approach to decluttering. Even I, who think her popularization of decluttering is a good thing for North America's consumerist society, feel some regret at having gotten rid of certain items. I miss specific shirts, skirts, and shoes that, in the moment, did not spark joy, but now would come in very handy.
I'm a fan of Marie Kondo and her book "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing." As Starre Vartan notes, "It sounds like hyperbole, but for devotees of the KonMari Method of housecleaning, pioneered by Marie Kondo (who named it after herself), it's reality."
I don't think I spend more time cleaning and organizing my home, but people often assume I do because it always looks pretty tidy. While it's hard to estimate exactly how long you spend cleaning, the advice below from me and my self-confessed tidy friends should help you cut down on housekeeping chores — or at least reduce the mental energy you spend.
If your first thought upon reading the title of this article was, "When they start to smell funky," you're not alone, because that's exactly when I change my towels. I figure it's a good way to go since it will tell you when the towel is actually "dirty." (I put that in quotes because I've always wondered how dirty something can be that's used to wipe water off a clean body — somehow dirty doesn't seem like the right word to use.)