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Mucking out with the 12-12-12 rule: It's that easy


Your apartment is bursting at the seams and you finally want to part with things that you no longer need? Then the 12-12-12 method might be for you.

Your apartment is bursting at the seams and you finally want to part with things that you no longer need?

Then the 12-12-12 method might be for you.

Whoever creates order in the four walls at home ensures tidiness inside at the same time - according to some tidying coaches. There are also psychologists who take this point of view. Psychologist Ben Naoua says in a



"By tidying up we can also create order in ourselves"

. About everyone can make a ship a little clear. But the supreme discipline demands a strong will from some people. We are talking about mucking out. Are you one of those people who are reluctant to part with possessions? A number of methods promise more freedom through less ownership. For example, there is the 3-box method *. Or you can try the 12-12-12 rule.

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Donate twelve things, give twelve things back: More about the 12-12-12 method

In the book “Dan-Sha-Ri: Clearing Life, Freeing the Soul”, the Japanese author Hideko Yamashita gives the reader tips on how best to get rid of what is superfluous.

Yamashita considers things superfluous that distract from the here and now and allow the owner to drift into the past or future


The best example is the too tight jeans in the closet that you keep holding in your hand and thinking “I'll fit in again at some point”.

But many people also find it difficult to part with memorabilia.

For example, the favorite dress that has gone through so many celebrations or the favorite pillow that has long since passed its prime.


If you want to create sustainable order, you also have to be able to separate yourself from things.

© A. Schauhuber / Imago

According to author Yamashita, 80 percent of all objects in an apartment have the timeline shifted to the past or future. As

further reports,

according to her, one should use the 12-12-12 method in order to live more in the here and now


This works very simply: First twelve things are thrown in the trash can.

These could be old scented candles or broken cups.

Then find twelve things in your apartment that you can donate.

This includes, for example, kitchen appliances that are available in duplicate or sweaters that one no longer likes to wear.

The last twelve parts are things that you give back to the actual owner.

These are often books and borrowed clothing.

When used regularly, the 12-12-12 method ensures a tidy home.

(jg) * is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.

List of rubric lists: © A. Schauhuber / Imago

Source: merkur

All life articles on 2021-10-21

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