Tips to get your home organised
Is anybody else struggling to get back into the swing of things after the Christmas break or is it just me?
I've over-indulged and I'm now lacking the motivation to do anything! It also doesn't help that I've just come back from Berlin, so it's been a double whammy. I'm now on a mission to banish these holiday blues by de-cluttering and getting myself organised again, as the saying goes "tidy house, tidy mind". I'm sure I'll feel much better once I've got my act together.
Not only is it good for the mind, de-cluttering your home is ideal if you're wanting to sell up or re-decorate, because it allows you to showcase and visualise the space much better.
The life changing magic of tidying: a simple and effective way to banish clutter
A couple of years ago I read Marie Kondo's book 'The life-changing magic of tidying: a simple and effective way to banish clutter forever' and it really helped me to get my house in order. Having a tidy house really does help me feel much more productive and less stressed but it's so easy to slip when I'm busy and it can be a challenge to stay on top of things!
One of the key things this book teaches you is to organise your house by category and not location. Basically what this means is, don't just tidy room by room and only sort everything out in each area at a time. Instead, you should sort by category, so pick an object such as pens. Make it your mission to find every pen in every room in your home and then find one location to store them all. The same goes with your make-up, wires, cleaning products, shampoo, socks etc.
The reality sets in of how much stuff you hoard!
Until I started doing this exercise I didn't realise how much crap I was actually keeping, but in so many different locations around the house! By tidying this way it ensures that you have a place for everything and don't keep unnecessary things that get forgotten about. It's also much easier to tidy going forward because you know where everything should be. I realised I had about six bottles of shampoo lurking in different cupboards that I had forgotten about and I couldn't believe the amount of random pens I uncovered; it literally must have been in the region of about 50. Ironically whenever I needed a pen up to this point I struggled to find one!
I would highly recommend reading Marie Kondo's book because I felt so productive once I carried out her simple exercises. The one thing I'd suggest is ensuring that you have some suitable storage solutions prior to de-cluttering, so that you have a place to keep each category that you want to organise. I've scoured the internet and found some great items of furniture from simple storage boxes, baskets and drawers to sideboards, cupboards and shelving for budgets no matter how big or small.
If you're also on a mission to de-clutter your home this January, make sure to check out my favourite finds below.
Storage solutions for every budget
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