Sick of having to clear a path from your door to your bedroom? It’s not easy maintaining a Zen space in a tiny Hong Kong apartment, but it can be done. Try these tips:
- Get three boxes or bags and allocate each one “throw out”, “donate” or “put away”. Go through every item in your home, room or wardrobe, and decide where everything should go.
- Give away one thing every day. In a year you will have 365 fewer things in your house! Read the blog www.365lessthings.com for inspiration.
- Outsource your storage. Whether it’s oversized furniture, ski gear or random bits and pieces you can’t bear to part with, Hong Kong has plenty of storage concierges. Try Love Box (www.lovebox.hk), Stuff Genie (stuffgenie.com), Boxful (www.boxful.com) or Pakt (pakt.hk).
- The latter specialises in clothes storage. Keep things manageable by doing a few hours a day over a week or so. That way you’ll not get bored or exhausted by the task in front of you.
- Allocate a “clutter-free” zone where nothing is allowed to stay unless it’s in use. Gradually expand the perimeter of your zone until it covers your whole flat.
- Stop buying stuff! Once you’ve decluttered, don’t rush out and buy more things to put in your hard-won empty space. Ask yourself if you really need more shoes, pens, yoga pants or cushions.