Happy Songkran to our dear readers!
As we are entering a new year here in Thailand, I found this time of the year to be the perfect moment to get down to a proper spring cleaning in my apartment.
Being an expat and not living at the same place for an extended amount of time is already helping in not accumulating too much clutter, but on the other hand, having more space in our Bangkok residence (vs. our Parisian one) calls for being a bit less mindful about keeping our belongings to a minimum. It is time to make a change!
Do we need more or less things to have a happy home…?
I opt for quality over quantity, always! Let me share with you the directions I follow to rearrange my interior and bring joy to my home!
First: get rid of the clutter!
The first step is essential and consists in targeting the obvious elements in your home that are just taking up space and that you have not used for a while (to the point you might have forgotten about their existence).
Not only it will open more space for storing things you actually need or just make your home look neater and bigger, but also, according to Feng Shui precepts, clearing clutter is a way of liberating the stagnating energy in your home.
“A healthy home has healthy energy and healthy energy is moving energy”.
Feng Shui and Beyond
Let’s check this wardrobe…
One area that tells a lot about someone is the wardrobe… Is it organized, is it messy, what styles and colors can be found there?
It is indeed a very personal corner, and some pieces of clothing come with memories and feelings too. I didn’t realize that until I (binge) watched the first season of Tyding up with Mari Kondo on Netflix (thank you, sista!). For those who haven’t seen that show yet, Kondo’s absolute mission is to “Spark joy in the world through tidying”!
And I totally buy into this concept: if what you have in your closet doesn’t spark joy, then, why keep it? Well, don’t! This really changed so much for me and helped me getting rid of many clothes that didn’t make me feel good about myself anymore. That approach also applies to the other areas of your house. Try it!
Look at how much space I have now!
This is a brilliant technique I also learnt from Mari Kondo: sort your clothes in your drawers so you can see them from the side (vs. as a pile).
Conscious living and sustainability are inseparable to me. Clearly, I am still far from a zero-waste way of living, and let me be honest with you, I don’t think it will ever happen for me. But! Making efforts and being better at it is at everyone’s fingertips and necessary in the world we live in today.
In my case, the downside of buying almost only fresh and organic food is potential waste. That is only because I haven’t been so organised with my meal planning.
My remedy to this is finding inspiration in the Swedish concept of Lagom, which more or less translates to “just the right amount”.
I believe Lagom is often used in reference to the way you organise your home, but also your approach to life in general. I think it can apply so well when it comes to shopping and cooking, where “not too little, not too much” makes perfect sense for me.
“Lagom är bäst” (The right amount is best)
The philosophy of Lagom
Give instead of throwing
If you are reluctant to throwing because, what a waste, right? I totally get you. But how would you feel about knowing that what no longer serves you can now have a second life and bring joy to people who are less fortunate than us?
Whether it is a pile of old T-shirts and jeans you haven’t worn since 2008 or a mix and match of plates and cutlery you know will never sit on your dining table anymore, give them away.
Second Chance Bangkok is the organisation I call when I compile a stash of items I want to give a second life too. They will come and pick up from your home.
Anyone feeling the urge to start cleaning up? Let me know how it goes for you 🙂
Article written by Joëlle