There’s nothing fun about coming home to a messy house. And I’m sure we’ve all experienced times where is gets away from us & we just don’t know where to start. Taking a leaf out of Marie Kondo’s book, here’s our pro tips on how to declutter & organize your home, to create a living space you’ll love coming home to.
- Have a place for everything
This is the absolute key to maintaining an organized & tidy home. If everything has a place, it’s easy to put it where it belongs. But over time, we all accumulate more & more clutter & sometimes it’s hard to find a home for everything. This is where clever storage solutions come in. When you’re in the market for furniture, look for items that offer ample storage. For example, coffee tables with drawers, storage ottomans & beds with storage drawers.
- Keep your work life separate from your home life
With more & more of us working from home, it’s easy for the boundaries between work & rest to become blurry. A good way to avoid this is to have a proper home office setup, including an ergonomic chair & a desk with storage. Pack up your desk at the end of the day so that you can form a clear distinction that the work day is over & start your next day fresh.
- Master the art of decluttering
Experts say that most of us only wear 20% of our wardrobe on a regular basis. This means that our wardrobes are filled with items we may never wear which just cause clutter & make it hard to find what we’re looking for easily. The same goes for many of our other possessions. Try to set a time each year to organize your wardrobe & declutter your living space (e.g. the start of a new year or the start of Spring) & make it fun. Try on old outfits & really evaluate what still feels important to you. And anything that no longer brings you joy, give it a wash & donate it to a new home or sell it on Facebook marketplace.
- Bring the outdoors in
Fresh air & natural light are key to a happy & healthy living space. Or up the oxygen levels with indoor plants, which evoke feelings of tranquility & peace. Fiddle leaf figs, mother in law’s tongues & hoya plants are all good choices for indoor greenery. Or if you have a bad track record with keeping plants alive, go the artificial route. There’s no shame! There are excellent quality faux plants on the market now, which still bring an element of nature into your living space without running the risk of having to host back to back plant funerals.
- Get Hygge with it
The Danish invented the concept of hygge, which essentially means coziness, and these guys really know how it’s done. Particularly during the cooler months, we have a tendency to hibernate. So make your living space inviting & cozy with tranquil wall colours, warm lighting (think warm white lamps rather than fluorescents), snuggly throw rugs & plush cushions & beautiful scented candles.
But if all this sounds like a lot of work to you, start small & try to incorporate incremental changes into your living routine without trying to achieve a complete overhaul in one go. We can’t all be Kondo!