These Ladies Get Paid to Clean Your Clutter, KonMari Style
Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up was released back in 2011 and since has sold over four million copies worldwide. It’s compulsory reading for any Zero-Waster or de-clutterer.
But, why is it that such a small book on tidying is so popular? Surely, tidying—a chore kids moan at and not many adults love completing either isn’t four million copies worth of popular? But for some, tidying and creating order is in their blood, as it is for Tina and Anastasia the founders of Embracing Space.
“Having worked closely together, we soon realised we shared the same ethos and intuition for creating an ordered and organised environment around us as well as a passion for interiors. Family and friends would turn to us for advice on how to get their homes up to speed or to seek advice on how to style their homes. It was after we helped a mutual friend of ours with his decluttering, that we realised how much we really enjoyed the whole process and how we found it incredibly fulfilling to know we’d had such a positive impact on his way of life.”
It is true that clutter does influence your mental health. Catherine Roster at the University of New Mexico conducted a study and found that because we have such close relationships with our homes that clutter negatively affects our ability to navigate that space and this inability to navigate around our homes properly can lead to feelings of alienation and distress.
“Most of our clients come to realise they have too many possessions and sometimes they do not have adequate storage in which to organise their belongings. This leads to them feeling overwhelmed with the clutter and finding themselves moving things from place to another, instead of actually purging what they no longer need.” There’s no doubt that people own more ‘stuff’ nowadays than we used to a hundred years ago. According to the LA Times in the average American household there are approximately around 300,000 items.
But why is there so much stuff about? Why can’t we get rid of it? Mainly because due to trade, cheaper labour, cheaper materials and industrial revolutions worldwide more things are being made at a higher rate than ever before. Plus, more people can afford them.