If you’ve got a messy and cluttered home that you’ve been meaning to tidy up and organise for a while, but have been struggling to actually get around to it, you’re probably well aware of just how frustrating and demoralising this state of affairs can be.
For the most part, we all tend to place a lot of value in the state of our homes, ranging from researching our respective dream homes on real estate websites, to looking for all sorts of ornaments and decorations that can help us to best express our personalities in our living spaces.
If you’ve been struggling to actually make work of decluttering and organising your home, here are some practical tips that might help you to get the ball rolling, and to get the task done.
Follow a system such as the “Konmari Method” that emphasises decluttering by item type, rather than by room
The Japanese cleaning expert Marie Kondo has become famous around the world for her “Konmari” method of home organisation and decluttering – but what makes for a method different from many of the other different approaches to home organising that already exist?
One key feature of her method is that it focuses on decluttering the home by item type, and not room-by-room.
So, for example, you first go through all your clothes and choose which ones to hold onto, then you focus on your books, and so on.
This kind of method helps you to systematically get your home organised while maintaining momentum.
If you are a tidying up room by room, it’s just likelier that you’ll end up putting the process “on hold” indefinitely,
Whether you use this method or any other one, tidying up by item type might be a much better way of getting your home organised in a hurry.
Use a checklist to keep yourself focused and motivated
Many people find that checklists can help them to remain focused and motivated during otherwise potentially complicated endeavours such as decluttering and organising at home.
Not only can a good checklist help you to stay on top of all the different things that you actually need to achieve, but there can also be something very rewarding and motivating about crossing items off a checklist, in and of itself.
Of course, you will need to figure out a checklist style that you find fun and motivating, and this might involve using a to-do list app, bullet journalling, or a variety of other things.
Just get started, and consider using some form of entertainment such as an audiobook or music
When it comes to getting your home tidy and organised, simply getting started is often one of the biggest hurdles.
One big reason why people often procrastinate when it comes to tidying and organising their homes is because the process ends up feeling frustrating and overwhelming at the outset.
Using some form of entertainment – such as an audiobook or some music – while you are organising your home, can help you to get the ball rolling without feeling so frustrated and overwhelmed upfront.