Organizing your space in the new year

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Keeping your home neat and tidy can be a challenge for some. Professional organizer, Rachel Murphy says there are easy ways to get started if cleaning up is part of your New Year's resolution in 2019.

As the owner of "Simplify My Life", Murphy says she's always had a knack for organizing. Murphy is now the only person in Kansas to receive training in the KonMari method, a style of organizing created by Marie Kondo.

Murphy says clutter can take a toll on a person's life in a variety of ways.

"It's our mental space, it's our dreams, our hobbies. Relationships get affected by clutter both with spouses and with parents and children," said Murphy.

If you're looking to de-clutter in 2019, Murphy says the first step is to visualize how you want your space to work. She says next, start with the heart of the home.

"It might be the living room, it might be the family room, it might be the kitchen. It's where you really come together as a family or as a couple or as an individual and spend your most time," said Murphy.

In order to successfully de-clutter, Murphy says one must be willing to let things go.

"Ask yourself - does it spark joy? Does it make me happy? If it does - great. If it doesn't, no matter what you paid for it, no matter who gave it to you, it's lived its life. It served its purpose," said Murphy.

She says sentimental items can be the most difficult to get rid of.

"Holding on to things that somebody gave them, especially if somebody has passed. That's very hard and I understand it. But if we keep everything nothing is special," said Murphy.

Murphy has a few easy tips for getting organized. She recommends making your bed every day, never leaving dirty dishes overnight and taking 10 minutes at the end of the day to put items where they belong.

"As you create more and more little habits more and more of your space is going to stay clear," said Murphy.

Murphy can be contacted through her website: simplifymylifeict.com or on Facebook and Instagram at SimplifyMyLifeICT.