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Reduce Stress, Spark Joy and Sparkle!

March 5th, 2019

Written by Katy Winship

It’s Spring so officially time to get organised and clean. And guess what? It’s no longer a chore, it’s fashionable!

Spark Joy

Unless you’ve been living in Outer Mongolia you probably have heard about the cleaning guru of-the-moment Marie Kondo. She’s made a fortune out of tidying and she’s quite literally cleaning up by making millions on sales of her books and her Netflix show.

She’s basically Japan’s answer to Kim and Aggie and she’s capitalised on her heritage and culture. Organisation and cleanliness are philosophies that the Japanese live by, with well-known methods such as 5S being a popular workplace method of reducing waste, increasing productivity and getting organised in 5 steps.
The 5S are: Seiri (sorting), Seiton (setting in order), Seiso (cleaning) Seiketsu (standardised clean-up) and Shitsuke (sustaining).

How to tidy up with 5S:

Sort

You’ve probably heard Kondo’s catch phrase about sorting through your belongings and only keeping hold of things that “spark joy” when you hold them close to you- sounds easy right? Wrong! We’re all guilty of keeping hold of things “just in case”. But when you’re feeling overwhelmed it’s time to be brutal - streamline your belongings and make things simpler by having less to sort through.

Make sure you donate your goods to charity or if you’re sorting things at work like paperwork make sure you recycle- and if it is a confidential document make sure you shred with our cross-cut shredders for extra security.
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Set in order

The idea is that each item you are organising has a home so that you know where it is when you need it. If you’re filing away paperwork for instance, make sure it’s labelled correctly. Make sure all the bills from the same supplier are in one place, the files on your computer are grouped together or that all of your toiletries / Pyjamas/ tools are in the same drawer.

Shine

This step means: clean, clean, clean. Even in the areas you don’t want to or you usually forget about - like down the back of the sofa, under the bed or in the fridge. And, if you’re at work, don’t forget to give your desk phone and keyboard a wipe- did you know that they harbour more germs than your average toilet seat?

Standardise

This is where you establish the procedures to ensure the repetition of the first three ‘S’ practices. Make sure you communicate to your colleagues or family where things go and how things are to be done. i.e. how you fold your t-shirts and towels and where you stash them.

Sustain

This is the bit where you shout at your colleagues and family for not putting things back where they belong and ensuring that the 5S process is adhered to.

Reduce stress

Cleaning is good for you believe it or not as it reduces stress- we feel the benefits after just 13 minutes of tidying up according to cleaning experts Kärcher.

Just making something look tidy is not only good for your eyes but good for your mind. Professor of psychology Darby Saxbe says “[Cleaning] gives people a sense of mastery and control over their environment. Clutter can be visually distracting, too, and serve as a nagging reminder of tasks and chores undone.”

But the best news is that it’s also great exercise. For example, if you put in a bit of elbow grease and scrub the bath for a whole fifteen minutes , I hear you burn 100 calories- so that Kitkat can be totally justified!

Our top tips for getting in order:

• Colour-code your items for cleaning. Use yellow for washrooms, green for the kitchen, blue for general use and so on. Cleaning like this stops cross-contamination and spreading germs. Shop range

• Stop buying things that you don’t need or things that don’t “spark joy”

• When you begin de-cluttering try to place things you don't use in some large storage boxes or aside. When it comes to the end of the month or a few months later and you haven’t missed them, simply donate them to charity.

• Don’t just declutter your house, declutter your online self. Organise your inbox, get your folders in order and maybe even streamline your Facebook friends!

• Scan your documents- get rid of all your paper files. This is a safer way to keep your records and can free up your physical storage space. Need help on choosing a scanner? Call us!

Let us help you get tidy! Call one of our helpful Account Managers today to advise you how on 08444 123 170