This post is actually very good timing! Over Christmas my SIL let me borrow her book on the Konmari method as she’s found it very helpful.
The basic idea being that tidying should be easy, simple and happen fairly infrequently because there’s room for everything and everything has a place. Not because you’ve got awesome storage, but because you have enough stuff - not tons of excess.
She gets you to declutter on the basis of category (not room) and by ‘spark of joy’. For example, I started today with my clothes (she gives a list and you follow it, category by category so you start with the easy stuff and end with the hard). I had to pile every piece of clothing I owned into one place, so I could see exactly how much I had of everything, and if it doesn’t spark joy, it goes to the clothes recycling bin at ASDA.
I actually ended up with three bags of clothes I didn’t really like, four pairs of shoes and a small menagerie of bras, socks, tights and knickers that went. Lots more space in my wardrobe/ drawers! Then you start folding and putting everything away. The only things that hang are those things that are ‘happier’ to hang. For example, my skirts and dresses are hanging, but tops/ jumpers/ leggings etc are neatly folded in a way that I can see everything at an instant and doesn’t crease (special folding technique she teaches you).
In the wardrobe, you hang clothes according to weight and length. So thicker/ heavier, dark, long, wintery clothes go on the left, and as you go towards the right they become shorter and lighter.
Have to admit, it looks pretty damn good and I’ve got lots more room now! I’m planning on hitting one category a day and going from there. Although I am planning on buying a kallax 1x4 for the hall. I know I don’t need more storage, but by gods do I hate my current shoe storage thing with a vengence!!!