The art of tidying up

Often when I'm invited into someone's home as a professional to help guide them through redecorating their space, I hear comments like "I hate the way this room feels" or "this room just doesn't work".  And often I want to say, you just need to tidy up!  Now, I understand that this is not a simple task for a lot of people.  So here are my tips for keeping your spaces feeling and looking the way you want them to:

1.  DECLUTTER

Throw away everything you don't use anymore - give anything useful to charity, recycle anything that can be recycled and bin the rest.  Here's a link to 101 things to declutter immediately: http://www.organisemyhouse.com/101-items-to-get-rid-of-without-regret/

2. SORT AND STORE

Containers, baskets, trays - I love them all.  Bathroom items become unruly, pull them all together by placing items onto a tray. Organise play rooms and children's bedrooms with baskets for toys - one for soft toys, one for super heroes, one for Barbies etc - label baskets so your child knows where to return each toy.  We all have things we need to hang onto but don't necessarily use day to day or month to month - clear plastic containers with lids, labelled and stored in an attic, under a bed, at the top of a cupboard, is the perfect solution.

3. STORAGE SOLUTIONS

It may be that there is absolutely nothing wrong with your room, you just don't have the right storage solution.  A bookcase with baskets down the bottom and room for books, vases, photos above, might be all you need.  Adjustable shelves in your wardrobe allows you to use the cupboard space exactly as you require - don't forget the floor inside your wardrobe is valuable storage space.

Pinterest is a wonderful resource for clever storage ideas. (All images from Pinterest).

4. REASSESS

In order to keep things organised you must reassess every 6 months - if you feel things building up around you, make the time to stop and go through everything - declutter, sort and store.  But probably more importantly, limit what is coming into our homes. 

We surround ourselves with an unnecessary amount of "stuff" - clear it out and limit what comes into our spaces by being thoughtful about our purchases - do I really need it, has it been sustainably produced, will I use it?  Our homes are our sanctuaries, let's not clutter them unnecessarily.

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