Do you struggle to find your keys every morning before work? Are there so many dishes in the sink that you feel too unmotivated to clean any new dishes? Are there certain storage areas you haven’t gone near in years because you are afraid what you might find there?
You may defend yourself by calling yourself a free spirit whenever anyone (like your mom!) tries to hint that you are a slob, but deep down you might wish things were different. It feels good to live in an orderly home and it helps you feel on top of things in other areas of your life as well.
A tidy home versus an organised home?
It is not just about cleaning up. It’s about organisation. What’s the difference you might ask? A tidy home isn’t necessarily an organised home. Tidying up means putting everything in its place. Organising your home means revaluating where everything’s proper place is.
Tidiness and organisation go well together, but the thing is that an organised home is actually easier to keep tidy.
It might seem like a huge task but it only involves three steps.
- Out with the old
The first thing you have to do is get rid of anything you don’t want to keep. Useless and unused items are death to organisation. Throw out or give away old clothes, knickknacks you don’t like anymore and even any furniture pieces that do nothing else but take up place.
Be brutal in your de-cluttering attempts. Tackle one room at a time. We promise you will feel better for it.
- Think efficiency
Organisation is about function, not how things look on the surface. Think about how you could organise your home to make it more convenient and efficient. Everything needs to have its place. A typical example would be to have a designated place where you can keep your keys. Or to keep your most commonly used kitchen homeware within easy reach, while your less frequently used items can be stored in harder to reach place.
Don’t worry about following the rules and rather think about how you really use your space. For instance, your shoes are typically stored in a cupboard in your room, but you
- Establish processes
Having an organised home requires that you not only organise the physical layout, but that you also practice organisation. So while organising your home in step two it’s good to remember the processes you will have to put in place. For example it is not enough to just have a designated place for your keys if you never make use of it. You also have to get in the habit of remember to place your keys there every day when you get home.
Those are the three steps. You first throw out everything that you really don’t need so you are left with what actually needs to be organised. You then go around and organise your layout in the most efficient and practical way possible. And finally you develop habits that help you maintain your newfound organisation.