In recent years, the KonMari method
of decluttering has taken the world by storm. Using the steps suggested by Marie Kondo, the author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
, you are able to sort through your possessions and evaluate which items you actually need. While originally meant for humans, many of her practices can be followed to tidy up your pet’s clutter.
Using the KonMari method as inspiration, we’ve outlined a four-step process for decluttering and sparking joy in your pet’s space.
Start with categories, not rooms
If we had to guess, your pet has made their mark on nearly, if not every, room in your house. This can make the prospect of decluttering a daunting task. According to the KonMari method, a great way overcome this is by focusing on categories of items instead of individual rooms.
Look at the different categories of your pet’s items: toys, accessories, care products, bedding, etc. Begin with one category and go from room to room, focusing only on items that fall within your selected category. This way, by the time you’ve finished you will have worked your way through your entire home without having to start over in each room.
Focus on what brings your pet joy
When going through your dog or cat's items, focus on which of them bring your pet the most joy or serve a true purpose. The great thing about pets is that they usually make it pretty clear what they like and don’t like. When you’re going through each category, keep only the items that make your pet the happiest.
This may mean saying goodbye to items that you love (and really want your pet to love too), but if you want to reap the benefits of a truly decluttered space they need to go. This doesn’t mean that every item that doesn’t bring your pet joy should go straight into the garbage. Your local shelters and rescues
will likely be more than happy to take new and lightly used items off your hands.
Don’t be overcome with nostalgia
When going through your pet’s stuff, it’s easy to become overly nostalgic. This is especially true if you still have items from your pet’s early years or things are connected to a special time you’ve spent together.
While this isn’t to say that sentimental items shouldn’t be kept, but if they aren’t being used perhaps they can be repurposed or re-homed. For example, if you still have your pet’s tiny first collar, it could be framed and displayed or maybe you could pass on this memory by giving it to someone who is welcoming a new pet into their life.
Don’t just reorganize, discard
While all of the tips we’ve mentioned are great, one of the most important things to remember is that when you’re decluttering you actually need to discard items – not just reorganize. When you simply reorganize your pet’s stuff, your space may look neater but it’s only a matter of time before you will be repeating the task.
Decluttering can be daunting, but by following these four steps, your vision for a space that will bring joy to the time and space you share with your pet can be easily achieved.