You don’t need to wait for a breakup to start decluttering! Spring season is an invitation to channel your inner Marie Kondo, the Japanese organizing consultant, author and TV show host also known as Konmari. So, with that in mind, we asked our favorite Arab experts about their specific spring cleaning approach to decluttering and how they would inspire us to tackle our overconsumption. Remember, it’s not just about your ease of mind and the contents of your closet, it’s also about the environment.
“Life is too short, eat the pasta!”
Mimi Raad, an image consultant for TV channels for more than 17 years, said she places the hangers in her closets so that they all face the same direction. When she uses one, she hangs it back up in the opposite direction. So when it’s time to declutter, every hanger that has not been moved means that she hasn’t worn the item on it. She says, “So I remove it, try it on, decide if I give it another chance or not, and explore how I can style it in various ways. If I think it’s a good piece to keep, I store it for better days!”
Content creator, brand building expert and self-confessed fashion nerd, Lara Akkari, has got decluttering down to three steps, she asks herself, “When was the last time I wore it? If it was six months to one year ago, then it gets put into probation and goes to step 2; does it fit my life and can I style it in three different ways for the different parts of my life (work, going out, weekend hangouts). Finally, does it still fit? Can it be fixed with a minor alteration and be re-imagined or up-cycled into something new? If it’s too tight, forget it. I’m over the notion that I will lose weight to wear it. Life’s too short, eat the pasta.”