Ours is an age when we start to realize the extent of the accumulated objects that surround us – the dear, the despised, the wonderful, the useless. Stuff, and lots of it. Some of us may learn to become blind to it, but the healthiest way to deal is to declutter, especially if you’re about to enter into shared housing. There are many methods of decluttering, all good, but here’s a method by Marie Kondo that I think you’ll find unique – and that may work magic for you. Her method (or at least a part of it) is this:
Organize your belongings into categories. No, don’t move them physically, but categorize them in your mind. Then, choosing one category, do collect all the items you’ve got and put them in one big pile. Now, begin to sort, but not in the way you’d think. Kondo’s method is to pick up each item one by one, and “touch each item and wait for it to communicate to you.” This may sound woo woo, but Kondo swears it works. If the item, when you hold it, makes you feel down, if it causes negative feelings or memories, then it should go. If it sparks joy, it’s good for your home. It’s a keeper.
Sounds too simple and sounds like it wouldn’t work, but I’m going to try it anyway.
Another thing; Kondo advises going through your categories of things in this order: clothes, books, documents, miscellaneous items, and finally mementos. The theory is that once you come to your mementos, the most emotionally laden objects in your life, you will have had lots of practice in how to touch and feel if an item is “good” or “bad.” This will help you actually get rid of some things you haven’t been able to part with in years.