We've all seen the Netflix series that had the whole world yearning for a decluttered home where only the things we love live in the world with us. However, knowing that complete decluttering would need a time commitment that not many could afford, few have been able to go through and do what the families on TV did. Well, Social Media Strategist Liew Xiang Xiang recently became a Marie Kondo disciple herself, but you'd be surprised at how she motivated herself to stick to the program. Her Inspirasi visited her home recently and asked her how she managed to get it done. Unfortunately, she didn't have any before photos, but we imagine it could be somewhat similar to our work station situation.
Describing her room before the decluttering, says Xiang Xiang, "I never knew where anything was. I always seemed to be scrambling around looking for my glasses and my phone."
"It was also always troublesome to find specific clothes that I wanted because they were always squished inside my drawers," she shares. "My desk and other surfaces were also always cluttered with papers and random stuff that I never got around to cleaning up, which was a problem because that’s my daily workspace."
Hearing a situation that sounds so similar, we further grilled Xiang Xiang to get her to spill on how she manage to complete the "challenge."
How Liew Xiang Xiang Came To Living The Decluttered Life Now
And how do you keep yourself motivated or ensured that you would see it done until the end?
I’m a lazy bum, so the KonMari method is inherently motivating. Just finish tidying everything up at once and you don’t have to tidy ever again – who doesn’t want that? Besides, I am currently 30 years old. A Malaysian’s average lifespan is 75 years. Since I’ve finished decluttering now, I’ll be able to enjoy the benefits for 45 years. It’s like compound interest in that it’s useful no matter how late in your life you do it, but you get more out of it the earlier you start.
Admittedly, I have an advantage because I was only doing it for my own room and bathroom, so it was easy to see the small area I had to cover and feel the motivation to finish decluttering it.
There was one other factor that motivated me. It’s a little morbid, but it helped to think of the fact that I could die at any moment. Do you really want your family to have to sort through mounds of clutter that you don’t even use? Do you really want to spend what precious little time you have left on Earth holding on to useless things that don’t bring you joy? Get them out of the way so you can make the most of the time you have.