Don’t rush to clear. Clutter can be good for you

Take that, Marie Kondo.

The villainisation of clutter has perhaps been most insistently pushed by the “tidying up” guru Marie Kondo. PHOTO: UNSPLASH
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Several years before she died, my mother began sending me things – ostensibly significant objects. These included expected items like jewellery and photographs, and also puzzling ones.

For example, one afternoon I opened a package containing a carefully wrapped 20cm-tall ceramic leprechaun that I don’t recall ever having seen. My family has no connection to Ireland.

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