There is a little book that has been taking the world by storm and started a decluttering craze. If you haven't heard of it yet then I suggest you grab yourself a copy. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organising by Marie Kondo is an international best seller. Come on, admit it, we all have cupboards, drawers and areas of our home that we close the door and wish to forget. We all seem to acquire so much stuff nowadays, my friends with children are forever struggling with the array of apparatus they need, never mind the toys! When I first heard about this book I wasn't interested in reading it, as becoming a minimalist doesn't really appeal to me, but I was intrigued. “KonMarie method” as Marie Kondo calls it, focuses on the things you want to keep rather than the things you want to get rid of. It may sound the same thing, but a friend of ours decided to give it a go. "It was strange really, I started with my clothes as Marie recommends you start with one subject at a time. If I'm being honest with myself, I had clothes I'd kept for certain occasions, things that I hadn't worn for years or didn't fit and those bought and never worn, a clear out had been on the cards for a long time. She suggests you keep things that 'spark joy', it was an incredible feeling working through my wardrobe with her words running through my head. When I had finished I had a pile of clothes I loved, or were completely necessary I didn't glance at the bags of clothes that I had discarded so not to be swayed back into bad habits." Decluttering is one of those tasks that can completely overwhelm us but using the KonMarie method you are doing it in bite size chunks. When selling your home, decluttering is a vital part of staging your home for sale so I can see how using some of Marie's principals could be alluring to those moving home. Our handcrafted furniture in a way follows some of her principals as we only use reclaimed wood that is of the finest quality, in other words those pieces that spark joy. Although many of us may not follow her teaching to the letter, there is a lot to be said by the way she expresses and rationalises the process of tidying up. She states: 'A dramatic reorganisation of the home causes correspondingly dramatic changes in lifestyle and perspective. It is life transforming.' There is something freeing and transformational about organising an area of our lives even if it begins with clutter! It clears our minds and helps us to see things differently. I always find that when we've had a busy period in the workshop no matter how hard we try, things can start to get disorganised. I find myself getting frustrated and a little down although I know that when we get a second, everything will be returned to its rightful place. I guess that's the same in our homes but for some reason we are so blinkered to it that it passes us by, that's not to say we're not aware of it but plodding along with a little carefree ignorance that it will be done one day. I think we all need a declutter every now and then, and there is no better time than now especially as we are approaching the festive season. So don't think of this book as a mantra into how to become a minimalist but more about how to use the Japanese art in our homes and lifestyle by saying goodbye the the negative and keeping hold of the positive. At Eat Sleep Live we know a piece of our furniture can transform any room in your home adding style, warmth and a touch of magic. Don't you want to end the year with something a little life-changing?