Maybe you see well-arranged, calm and clutter-free homes online or in magazines, and think ‘my home could never look like that’.
Maybe you see well-arranged, calm and clutter-free homes online or in magazines, and think ‘my home could never look like that’. But it can. Freeing your space, and your life, from too much stuff doesn’t take superhuman effort. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
To prevent the floor becoming the ‘designated place’ for things which very quickly makes your space look cluttered and messy, always make sure everything has a place to go. Label storage spaces and baskets so that everyone in the house knows where the shoes, coats and bike helmets should go to avoid creating a hallway that’s exploding with accessories.
We’re talking about the old bank statements, bills, and other miscellaneous bits of post that we all feel like we should hold on to. Try to go paperless where you can with your service providers as much as you can. Generally speaking, most bills and statements can now be accessed online so there’s no need to keep the clutter.
Have you got used to piling plates and bowls in a cupboard where they’re hard to reach, piled in front of one another and looking untidy? Try moving them to a large drawer where you might usually keep the pots and pans, it may just change your life.
Start by finding some simple, beautiful bottles and containers for your household products. Firstly, this will encourage you to find more sustainable options by visiting zero waste retailers that have refilling stations or finding vintage treasures in second hand shops. It will also bring a sense of calm to your home as it removes any excess visual stimulation by having too much jarring brand packaging on show, and enables you to keep essentials on display in containers that you’ve chosen to complement your home.
One very simple step to a tidier home, is having less stuff. Take a page out of Marie Kondo’s book (literally) and only have what really brings you joy. Be mindful about what you buy and review what you have, see if you can give the rest to charity, freecycling sites or friends.
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