A TIDY HOME – ORGANISATION TIPS

Every day, we have many responsibilities and worries that run through our minds. Contrary to the mind of most children (I remember it well), it’s a lot of work being a responsible adult and many of us don’t get it right all of the time. We have to juggle work, personal lives and, if you’re lucky, children, all of which are significant and come with their owns difficulties, often impacting on eachother.

Add to that, running your home. The usual hustle and alongside keeping your residence clean and tidy. It isn’t easy. I used to find that my ‘cluttered’ home assisted in my problems. Not being able to find things and cluttering my mind. There is something to be said for that tidy home, tidy mind mentality. If you’re finding yourself in an uncomfortable position with regards to your home organisation: don’t panic. It can take a bit of effort but some simple steps can really make a difference. I know, I have taken the steps and love, love, love the result!

Declutter

The first step is to declutter and if you ever take a peek at my blog or YouTube channel you will know how much I love to declutter! It hasn’t always been this way but last year the declutter bug bit me. Hard.

Before reorganising and moving everything around, take out the unnecessary items. Remove things that you don’t use or wear or items that don’t make you feel good. Find that feeling of sparking joy (Thanks Marie Kondo) and use it to streamline your possessions.  Almost everybody has clutter! When you have fewer things dotted around, it is highly likely that you will feel better and more comfortable in your surroundings. Less clutter gives me a much clearer mind, enables me to function more efficiently and paves the way for better organisation.

Plan

In my experience, routine helps. With so much to juggle, dedicating small chunks of time to declutter a pile, tidy something away or perhaps have a quick clean, assists in making task manageable and less onerous. Tackle it room by room to see progression and regularly feel the benefit of your efforts.

Don’t Leave Things Lying Around

After you’ve managed to organise things and are starting to feel better about your space, a common mistake people make is to carry on as they were before. With more space to put things it can feel like an opportunity to fill them. Make sure there’s a place for everything and that everything is in its place. As a previous boss once told me, use the one-touch approach. She was, of course, talking from a work perspective but I often try to apply the same approach at home. Whether it’s your storage solutions, specific drawers for specific tools, keeping loose jewellery in anti tarnish bags for silver that can then be stored away safely, or popping books onto their designated shelves, when everything has a home it is easier to keep things neat. The last thing you want to do is re-clutter or fall back into old habits. One of my habits is making piles and it is proving tough to break!

Be Consistent

Staying on top of things is key to a tidy home. Once you have planned your routine, be sure to undertake the work. Those smaller chunks of time soon mount up into bigger, onerous tasks, requiring heavy-duty motivation. Above all, it can be a slippery slope back to cluttered life.

Make It Less Of A Chore

Finally, it’s best to see this as less of a gruelling task and more of something to be proud of. It is so wonderful to feel happy and content with your home and another tip is to make it fun. To help things along you can check out my decluttering Playlist on YouTube where I systematically tackle areas of my home. It isn’t entirely KonMari as I do move room to room, but there are KonMari aspects and I try to think about which of my items spark joy.

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