Relax your body and mind.
Take your time following the rhythm of beauty.
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Live gracefully.

Make a habit of detoxing your home and your heart.

A detox for your home is a detox for your heart.

You probably have all kinds of clutter in your home – blouses and skirts you don’t wear any more for some reason, crockery and glasses you’ve received as gifts, ever-increasing piles of magazines and books. If you let all this pile up for too long, it will upset the balance of your interior environment and your home will be less of a haven. It might even affect how you feel about items and activities you usually enjoy. Try giving your home and heart a detox. Choose a routine that suits you, and have a good declutter every 3 to 6 months.

Ask yourself “Does my present self need this?”

When you detox your home, you basically need to divide everything you own into things you need and things you don’t. Have you ever found yourself using “I can still use it” or“this is expensive” as an excuse not to throw something out? This is an easy trap to fall into. It’s caused by focusing too much on the objects themselves. When you’re making choices about whether to keep something, whether it’s clothes, dishes or décor, keep yourself at the core of your decision. Think “Is this suitable for my present self?” or “Does my present self need this?”*1

The things you choose to keep will help to create a new you.

With each item, you have two choices: get rid of it or keep it. Don’t be wishy-washy about it! Be ruthless and make sure you’re surrounding yourself with only the things you think are really necessary. You’ll gain a new sense of inspiration from the things you like and the things you think are beautiful. You may even discover an aspect of yourself that you weren’t aware of – a decorating style you once liked, or something that you’re currently interested in.*2 You’re not just saying goodbye to your old things. A regular detox will recenter you, and give you an opportunity to experience a new tomorrow.

Reference List

*1 Hideko, Yamashita. Shin katazuke jutsu:Danshari (Danshari:Reorder your life.) Tokyo:Magazine House Co.,Ltd.,2009.
*2 Marie, Kondo. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Tokyo:Sunmark Publishing, Inc.,2011.


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