Keeping your spring cleaning under control with Marie Kondo

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Keeping your spring cleaning under control with Marie Kondo

With Spring upon us and people spending more time at home because of COVID-19, we’ve collated the best tips to declutter and make sure your apartment brings you joy


Australia’s growing trend for people to live in smaller apartments didn’t seem like such a big deal before COVID-19. However, with stay at home restrictions looking like they could come in and out until we get a vaccine, it is worth maximising on space and storage to enhance wellbeing and the time we spend at home.

So, to help create clutter-free environments and to make spending extra time at home more enjoyable, we have put together the key points from the popular Netflix show “Tidying up with Marie Kondo”. 


Here are some of our favourite tips on how to reorganise and maximise living space:

  1. Keep the things that “spark joy”
  2. Re-organise your cupboard
  3. Fit the space you have
  4. Out of sight isn’t always out of mind
  5. Change your habits, change your lifestyle

Keep the things that “spark joy”

Easier said than done, right? No one wants to be thought of as a hoarder, but the truth is with time, possessions do tend to pile up. Some may be essential, but often most of our household items may just be impulsive buys or sentimental memorabilia that become harder and harder to ditch.

The trick to de-cluttering is keeping only what makes you happy or as Marie Kondo says, “sparks joy” and getting rid of what has lost its value or use.

If you’re in a strata property, you may want to check your by-laws and building rules about waste disposal. If there are usable items in a reasonably good condition, consider others who may benefit, such as your local charity.

Re-organise your cupboard

One of the key recommendations of the KonMari method is folding clothes to suit storage space in a way that makes them visible, and therefore accessible. By organising your storage spaces, it can save you time trying to find things. You may also consider using smaller boxes to separate the space in large drawers.

Fit the space you have

Its only natural to choose what you like, but it’s more practical to make choices based on the apartment space you have. You may want that spacious king-sized bed, but a queen-sized one may leave you with more space to move around without stubbing your toe. Also, lesser furniture and equipment means less cleaning and maintenance.

Out of sight isn’t always out of mind

You may consider having alternate storage options outside your apartment for items that you do not use in your everyday life. This includes items such as extra books, children’s toys, sporting equipment, tools, family memorabilia, or items that “may come in handy someday” – they can be stored in the garage or rented storage spaces.

Change your habits, change your lifestyle

Being organised is never a one-time thing; it requires ongoing effort to make your life calmer and less cluttered.

In strata and body corporate living, multiple owners have access to shared common property and amenities and live in close quarters where you can often hear each other. It is important to adopt a lifestyle that is considerate of your neighbours. When it comes to cleaning, there are simple ways to respect the people in your building, including knowing where to dispose of your rubbish correctly and when it’s appropriate to blast the vacuum cleaner and your spring cleaning pump-up music.

As we all spend more time at home in these unusual COVID-times, always remember to try and first communicate with your neighbour if you think they’re doing something that encroaches on your living.

If you’d like to find out more about successful ways to live at home during COVID-19 or specific COVID-19 cleaning requirements, visit and sign up to the PICA Group COVID-19 toolkit. If you have a question for a strata professional to answer, visit StrataFAQ.

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