A professional organiser shares 5 secrets to a smoothly running home
If you want your home to be orderly and tidy, the first thing is to commit to a simple maintenance routine either daily, weekly, monthly or yearly.
Once you have decluttered and reorganised your belongings and put new systems in place, things can easily fall apart again if you don't keep on top of them. Here are five rules that will help you to do just that.
THE ONE-TOUCH RULE
This is my number one favourite. It can stop your clutter from building up ever again. Every single time you touch an item, you put it where it belongs, rather than moving it from one place to another, hence causing clutter.
For example, I take my jacket off, I put it on the coat rack. I come home with the food shopping, I put it away. I get out of bed, I make it.It may be easier said than done in the beginning, but it can change your life if you adopt it.
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TIDY UP EVERY DAY
Even five or 10 minutes a day makes a difference and if every item has a logical and practical home, it will be much easier than trying to figure out where everything should go. Choose a time that works the best for you – you may find it easier after school drop-off or in the evening once everyone has gone to bed.Or, get everyone on board and have daily family tidy-ups!
KEEP BENCHES AND SURFACES CLUTTER FREE
If you are the type of person who sees a clear surface as an opportunity to dump items on them, this one is for you.Take time to review the items – do they have a home? If not, create one. Do they have homes but you have slipped into the habit of plonking them down? Break the habit and create a new one. In a hurry? Make sure that you get back to the dumping area as soon as you can to put items back in their place. Adopting the one-touch rule here really helps.
THINK BEFORE YOU BUY
Do you love it? Will you use it/wear it? Be honest with yourself. This is easier to do once you have decluttered and reorganised your belongings, as you will know exactly what you have, where the gaps are and what you do need. The saying "less is more" really is true – less stress, less to store, less maintenance – there are so many benefits to owning less
ONE IN, ONE OUT RULE
Often, more items are coming into our homes than are leaving, which creates clutter. This rule means that when a new item comes into your home, another similar item has to go. So if I buy a new pair of shoes, one pair has to go out. It keeps the number of possessions that you own in balance and you will significantly control the clutter in your home.
Decluttering needs to happen on a regular basis as our lives and situations are constantly changing. What you loved last year, you may not love this year.
What fitted you five years ago, may not fit you now. It's important that the things we have around us, reflect who we are and give us true happiness. Schedule in at least seasonal and yearly decluttering sessions in order to keep your belongings in check and maintain a clutter-free home.
Professional organiser Natalie Jane runs Be Organised – this is the last in a stuff series on turning household chaos into calm.