Our homes are the places we retreat to where we want to feel relaxed and inspired. We want to surround ourselves with things that have meaning to our everyday.
Although most of us have great intentions, and consider ourselves fairly organised, the fact is we are busier than ever before.
Clutter begins to appear when we basically have too much stuff. When we have clutter around us, we feel disorganised and burdened. Living without clutter in the home is proven to make us feel more organised, relaxed and in control. We feel mentally more balanced when things have a place and are put away. We are able to think clearer and be more focused, with simple order in our lives.
The first step to living in an uncluttered home is to ‘Declutter’.This can be very overwhelming for some people, simply not knowing where to start. Don't be too ambitious, start slowly with the goal to do at least 5-10 minutes per day. Firstly, place three large boxes in each room. “To keep” “To Donate” “ To Throw out” .
Be ruthless and ask yourself the question: Do I really need this? If the reason is future sounding such as ‘someday, maybe, could, might etc then perhaps it’s time to let it go.
Consider taking photographs of certain pieces for the memory, rather than holding onto things. Once you have done a thorough declutter, it’s time to learn how to maintain a calm and happy home. So, what is the easiest way to keep your home clutter free?
Have a spot for everything
Create dedicated places for your things, and get into the habit of putting things way on a daily basis. The kitchen is normally a favoured place to ‘dump’ things when we walk in the house each day. When I design kitchens, there is always a ‘Utilities’ cupboard or study nook. This is the perfect spot to keep phones and computers charged, kids school notes clipped together, weekly planners, keys, and all the necessary ‘things’ we use every-day, or need to refer to often. When everything has a place, no time is wasted searching for it.
Create adequate storage
One can never have too much storage. Built in cabinetry in a living room is a great way to keep things organised and in place. This is especially necessary with small children whereby toys are accumulated at a fast rate! Place items in tubs or baskets and store away.
Hallway cupboards are perfect for keeping those things we require as we are rushing out the door, such as school bag, shoes, umbrellas, hats, sunscreen, jackets etc. Cleaning out the fridge and pantry on shopping day reduces the tendency to ‘over shop’.
Don’t impulse buy
Ask yourself the question ‘Can I live without this’ or ‘Do I have a place for it?” Reset every night before going to bed by putting away things where they are supposed to be. When you wake up you can tackle the new day, because ‘yesterdays’ stuff is gone.
When you find clutter is creeping back in, walk around with a laundry basket and fill it up with whatever is lying around. Empty out and sort by putting things away or placing in the bin.
Remember that living in a clutter free home is not hard. A little effort goes a long way at keep you feeling calm and focused and even a little liberated.