We all dream of having that designer looking home. Some may even have the designer looking home. For others it seems completely unachievable.
I often talk about how personal wellbeing can be effected by the state of your home and it’s hard discussing it without sounding too ‘deep’ or ‘dramatic’ about it but I really believe there is a link.
I hate this bit but I’m going to talk about my home and try not to sound too annoying. Right, I have 2 children and a dog. My house is tidy and well organised. It is easy to clean because everything I have has a place. Yes, everyone has paperwork but if it’s not for filing then it goes in the bin. If clothes are no longer worn, they are given to friends or charity. I hope that people who visit don’t think my home is minimalist, or sterile but lived in and welcoming. Yes, it is normally quite tidy but that is because the things I chose to keep have a place. When the kids have all the lego out or are playing with the latest craze it may look a bit hectic for a while but when they’ve finished stuff gets put away. Certain things don’t always have to be on show. Just keep your really nice bits on display as these will make you feel happier and help the home feel much calmer.
I went to see a client the other day who feels that her home has literally got out of control. Our daily lives are so busy these days and it is indeed hard to keep hold down a full time or part time job whilst still keeping on top of the cooking, cleaning, washing…… blah blah blah. Once it starts to get out of hand it just spirals and gets worse and worse and our homes end up looking more like this than that of a designer home.
Clutter is a key culprit for making our homes sometimes feel as if they are no longer ours.
People have even written books about clutter, such as Marie Kondo, Japenese tidiness expert.
TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR CLUTTER !
In order to regain your home and create a space where you feel comfortable relaxing and entertaining it, you need to take control of your clutter! It’s not about having thousands of pounds to do an extension, or redesign…… basic decluttering can be the beginning of the transformation.
A tidy, well thought out home will make you happier and feel calmer. Although you do need to invest time in tackling this menace, it will actual save you time in the long run as you will be able to find things more easily, clean better, and will give you an enormous sense of pride. Even a few hours can start to help organise your home.
yes, this is often an area for improvement when it comes to clutter but don’t fall into the trap of buying loads of storage and then throwing all the clutter inside! You are just avoiding the job.
what do you actually ‘need’?
you need to identify what your home actually needs. what do you keep?
what do I do with the stuff I don’t need?
- throw stuff away (yes, we do find this hard to do but some bits are literally rubbish – old cosmetic samples, old phone packs,…..clothes not worn for years…)
- sell some items privately to raise funds for future home improvements
- give some bits that are in good order but just no longer needed to charity
If your home is in need of a bit of TLC, take a few hours out this weekend to ‘declutter’. Clear out that drawer, make space in your wardrobe, tidy the ‘paperwork’ that is sitting on the side of the kitchen worktop making it look a mess……
Once you start to see what a difference it makes you will want to do more….. it’s addictive honestly !
Have a great weekend :)