The idea of making your life easier by decluttering your house has been popular for some years, but this is the first time that I have seen it suggested that you can apply the same techniques to your garden. And there is no reason why not since once the task has been completed you will be left with more time to relax and enjoy your newly decluttered space. These seven tips come from an article by Lauren Dunec Hoang which I found on the Houzz website.
Chances are you’ve heard of Japanese organizing expert Marie Kondo and her bestselling book on how to declutter your home. Her organizing tips, origami-like shirt-folding methods and philosophy of keeping only objects that spark joy have fueled a worldwide home-decluttering craze. But what about gardens?
Outdoor spaces can just as easily become cluttered with tools, broken pots, plants that should have been pitched and a mishmash of outdoor accessories. For a fresh start, let’s take a look at how to put seven lessons from the KonMari Method to work outside and, ultimately, open up more time to enjoy the garden.1. Make this question your mantra: Does this spark joy? First, Kondo advises laying your hands, so to speak, on every object you own and asking yourself: “Does this spark joy?” If it doesn’t, and if it isn’t useful, get rid of it. While the initial purge can feel a bit ruthless, the result can be deeply restorative.
For outdoor spaces, this act of sorting and reassessing applies to tools, garden accessories, materials, furniture and plants. Look for opportunities to donate within your community the functioning tools, leftover construction materials and healthy plants no longer serving you.
In the end, you’ll create space to give items you truly enjoy, such as a simple water feature, room to breathe.2. Declutter by category, not by area. While many of us are used to setting aside time to tackle a certain area at once — organizing the shed, for example — Kondo recommends a different approach. She says you should work through your possessions by category — tools, containers, seasonal furniture — rather than by (garden) room.