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Five Nifty Spring Cleaning Tips From A New York Times Bestselling Author

February 04, 2015

The work typically begins around this time of year, after Christmas, that is, if you are Chinese. To usher in a new year of good wealth and prosperity, our 'tiger mums' urge, remind and nag us till we roll up our sleeves and get down to spring cleaning every inch of the house.

It's a routine we don't particularly look forward to every year, until we came across these nifty tips from Marie Kondo's New York Times bestseller, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Marie, 30, is a spring cleaning guru, renowned in Japan for her effective methods to transform her clients' homes and improve their lives dramatically. Her consultancy services are booked out three months in advance and her bestseller has sold more than two million copies worldwide.

We pick out five of her top tips to declutter your home, swiftly and succinctly.

1) Do it all at once, and don't procrastinate.

Set some time aside to spring clean at one go, and do it as soon as possible.

2) Move the cleaning process along by tackling the non-sentimental items first.

Leave the love letters, photo albums and keepsakes to the last leg. It would be easier to first work on your wardrobe, books and documents.

3) Start sorting out by category, and not by location.

We tend to start the tidying process by going from room to room. A more effective method, according to Marie, is to sort by category instead. If you are looking to work on your shoe collection, gather all your heels, flats and flip-flops in one place and evaluate them in the same setting. You might find that you simply don't need three pairs of similar peep-toe heels in black.

4) Throw away anything that doesn't spark joy.

Most of the time, many of us are too sentimental for our own good. Pick up each item and consider if it brings you happiness. If it doesn't, it should go into the discard pile.

5) Thank your belongings, with heart.

Your belongings have worked hard for you, and before you part with them, you should hold it and give thanks, before sending it elsewhere else where it will find a more appreciative owner.

Raring to get started? Watch the video below for inspiration:

Give these five tips a shot and do let us know if they work for you!

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