When my mind gets confused, stressed or a little lost, I love to sort and tidy up. This is what I call a moderate minimalism: to transform the accumulated disorder and the superfluous into a joyful return to the essential. I have the impression that this is reflected in my mind and that I see more clearly. So to start this new year on a healthy footing, I suggest you cleanse your home to keep only the essentials !
Less is more
Get rid of the superfluous
Clothes, jewellery, bags and other accessories: there are some that you will enjoy finding, and others that it will be time to part with.
Books, CDs, DVDs: if one of them has not left you an unforgettable memory, it is because it is not essential to you, or maybe there is this book that you loved and that you would like to lend to a friend? Perhaps this is also the ideal time to register at the nearest media library?
Decorative trinkets and furniture: all those objects that are discreetly hidden in the bottom of an attic, garage or piece of furniture as if this would make them disappear.
Drugs: we rarely think about them and we accumulate them unnecessarily at the bottom of a closet (especially since we prefer natural remedies! ! :)). Pharmacies take back expired or not expired medicines.
Bulbs, batteries, caps, glass: it’s time to take this to a suitable recycling point (the site Ourecycler.fr will help you find the nearest place to your home).
If you have a moment of hesitation, ask yourself:
IS THIS OBJECT USEFUL TO ME?
DOES THIS OBJECT BRING ME JOY?
You probably know Marie Kondo‘s technique ? She develops it in her book The Magic of Tidying Up and now gives concrete examples of how it can be applied in a reality TV series on Netflix in the United States. His method consists in emptying his drawers and cupboards completely and keeping only the objects that bring us joy. It also offers special storage techniques that make it possible to be aware of what you have every day. Several people have already told me about how the Marie Kondo method has changed their lives. The only criticism we can make of her is that she advises to throw away the identified superfluous. And that, I have to say, is a problem for me. So I looked for ways to get rid of it with ethical conscience.
Selling around you
A flea market or an empty dressing room around your home (a search in “Event” on Facebook should help you). Why not co-organize a sale or a vide dressing room at home with girlfriends by creating a Facebook event? It will be an opportunity to have a nice time and meet people.
An online sale on your social networks (a Facebook album or photos in your Instagram story).
Books, CDs, DVDs: buyback sites such as Gibert Joseph, Momox, Vendre-livre (your books are bought at a low price, a few euros at most, you send them to the platform that checks them, be careful though because some can be refused), La Fnac;
Furniture and decoration: online flea markets Brocantelab by Selency or Collectochic or even Les Vieilles Choses for your old furniture. For your design pieces, choose an online platform for selling design furniture such as
Mobilier Design Occasion or Kolektiv Design or even Sochicsodesign .
Giving for a good cause
Give online on www.donnons.org;
For books in particular, you can give them online at
Recyclivre, they pick them up free of charge from you.
Ourecycler.fr will allow you to identify the appropriate location for each product for optimal recycling (light bulbs, batteries, caps, textiles, electronics, ink cartridges, shoes, toys, CDs and DVDs, metals, and green waste);
For medicines, please note that pharmacies take back all expired or not expired medicines (they do not take back sun creams or cosmetics!). It is better to take the medicine packs out of their cardboard boxes and recycle the packaging yourself in a suitable bin.