Sorting Sorting - 4 Tips: The Marie Kondo dilemma


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Marie Kondo has realized that storing is only rarely smart and made it a veritable business model. But how do you ensure that nothing accumulates?

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Marie Kondo - rich and famous for cleaning up

Marie Kondo has become rich and famous by being mercilessly rejected by other people. It works practically against the human collective drive. But it is much more efficient when things do not accumulate. How do you achieve this?

On this question, I think of a very stressful day: my first move. Because it turned out: I had accumulated without it, a lot of superfluous things, especially lots of books.

Order problem insidious hiding places

And so it came, as it had to come: I had miscalculated in the amount of objects to be moved. And since all this stuff was supposed to start the journey from Bonn to Berlin with the moving van, that would have gone a hair wrong.

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What happened? Sequentially. I was particularly fatal to so-called insidious hiding places such as desk drawers or photo cupboards - things that you don't see at first glance and therefore forget. Here, too, a lot of unnecessary ballast had accumulated with me and that was my doom.

Too well organized

In other words, I had organized my stuff too well. The books were, for example, on the shelf in two rows. As a result, the space was fully and efficiently exploited - because somehow bookshelves are always deeper than the books.

This arrangement was not a problem either, because thanks to the Internet, I rarely had to dig out my books. The storage rooms were used to the last square centimeter.

Cleanup dilemma basement

But my biggest dilemma was the basement. There I had tangibly deposited all things that I did not need so often, including my winter jackets in the summer (and vice versa). Or my old documents from the university.

And I was firmly convinced that I could clear out the things that were no longer necessary at any time with just one hand. But until then you could still pick it up - you never know ... You guessed that the story didn't end well.

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What you do not need, does not even come into the apartment!

I remember the story of a couple who after the [move] deposited everything (!) In the cellar. If they needed something, they went get it and then it got a place in the apartment. What was still in the cellar after x months, they threw away uncompromisingly.

Or another story in which all the dishes were deposited in the cellar - if guests came. In the apartment were only two glasses, plates and cutlery sets, which were rinsed again and again after each meal. I'm fine imaginethat such a system ensures order in the kitchen.

How to lose track

The dumping of things in the basement, however, unfortunately had the opposite effect: I lost track of my belongings. I just did not throw anything away. My apartment always seemed nice and not particularly stuffed. And so I had no idea how many things I really had.

To make it short: The thing ended in a bit of chaos, but in the end it has somehow worked out. But I swore to myself: I'll never do that again.

Avoiding storage space helps - 4 tips

Since then, certain mistakes have not been made before and after relocations in new apartments (certainly others). The measures that I have taken so that I do not have the same problem again the next time I move, include:

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  1. Avoid storage space: Where there is space, something is accumulating. So, I deliberately did not buy cabinets or anything like that, I only had shelves, a chest of drawers - and the inevitable storage room, but this time it's much emptier.
  2. The basement remains empty: In the basement are only my bikes and things from the apartment, which belong to my landlord. Because in my experience you lose in the basement most likely the overview.
  3. The bookshelves only one row: What a waste of space - half the shelf is virtually unused. But the result is that I always keep an eye on all the books, which makes me notice something that I definitely do not need anymore. I sell it either via Amazon or put it on the book bank in my opposite.
  4. Occasional clearing is better than hauruck actions: Perhaps my most important finding is that in this way I am always trivializing little things, but never all at once. This makes it much less stressful. For example, I take the books or even old clothes off on the way to the subway. The danger with big entrustment actions is that you get stuck on the way.

The crux of storage: why picking up really brings nothing

What I once again clearly understood about the topic: Many things are carefully picked up for years, because you think you might need them again someday. Behind it is the pure fear or the stinginess that you have to spend the money then again.

However, what happened to me very often: If I looked for it, I did not find it. And I still had to get her again. As a matter of fact, picking up brings next to nothing, if one does not manage to find the things with one hand.


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