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Declutter this Spring: Is it useful, beautiful or joyful?

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” — William Morris

If it hasn’t happened to you yet, it will.  One morning you’ll wake up, look around the house and ask yourself, “How did I get so much STUFF?”  Or perhaps it will occur to you when you get home from work and step on a pile of Llegos or trip over the shoes you haven’t worn in months.  It’s a fact of life: we accumulate things. It tends to happen slowly over time, and then one day you find you can’t close a drawer or fit one more item into your cabinet.  

Today is the first day of Spring, and that means time for a good spring cleaning. If you find yourself overwhelmed by clutter or just want to simplify your life, consider these questions inspired by designer William Morris: Is it useful?  Is it beautiful?

Japanese organizing consultant and author Marie Kondo adds yet another question to consider: Does it bring you joy?

Imagine taking this approach to the items in your house.  From the stack of magazines on your coffee table to the clothes you haven’t touched in months, consider whether these things are useful, beautiful, or bring you joy.  If the answer is “no”, do you really need it?

Decluttering is more than just organizing, more than finding a place for yourof things, it’s letting go of things that are no longer serving you.  Donating and throwing away what you no longer need rids your house, and your life, of unnecessary clutter that can cause stress and anxiety. Once you begin this practice, you may find it influencing your shopping habits as well.  You may begin asking yourself, “Do I need this?” Is it useful, beautiful, or will it bring me joy?”

Here at Ha-Ra, we strive to provide you with products that simplify your life, not complicate it. In addition to providing products that are environmentally-friendly and chemical free, we prioritize efficiency.  Our Ha-Ra protective formula, an important part of the Ha-Ra cleaning system, is extremely efficient.  In fact, only 1-2 bottles will last you an entire year! Many of our products can be used in a variety of ways and on several different surfaces, so you don’t have to own a different product for each specific cleaning task.  Become clutter-free, chemical- free, and find your joy at home with Ha-Ra this Spring.

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