Maybe you got a copy of Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organising, for christmas, and now you’re feeling inspired to begin 2020 off with everything folded up into neat little cloth parcels rather than living everyday from your floordrobe (like me).
Whatever your reasons for wanting to rid yourself of unnecessary clutter, tidying up and organising things into neat categories has shown to have positive effects on mental health and help to reinforce positive daily lifestyle habits.
Christmas may be over, but your home is likely still covered in clutter from the festive period. Clear away those christingles and put away the nutcrackers, its out with the old and in with the new. (Just make sure you recycle the old or give things away to charity shops for eco friendly cleaning).
This is probably one of those really obvious ones that goes without saying, but this is a daily practice that will not only make your room look cleaner, but can be a great starting point for healthier daily habits. Also who doesn’t love coming home to an already made bed?
Dishes and small boxes are a great way to keep keys, coins and any other loose items neatly stored on the side. However ensure you give these a good spring clean from time to time however to avoid accumulating too much brik-a-brak.
I’m not telling you to give away all your belongings and go backpacking in South America, however it is worth taking some time to think about what actually makes you happy and what you hold onto just because of habit.
By putting away even one thing each day you can start to reinforce healthy habits and can build up to hopefully not viewing tidying up as a chore, but more of a time to reconfigure your living space, this practice will leave your room and your life a whole lot less stressful.
Unless it’s something really important like your mortgage certificate or insurance documents, I would suggest shredding or adding any paperwork you don’t need to the paper recycling. Store your important documents in one place, ideally in a secure box out of the way, so you know exactly where it is when you do need it.
Whatever you’re planning to tidy, whether its a drawer or a roomful of clothes, it can help to get everything out and start separating it into piles. This can help you decide on what is actually important to and what you can let go off.
Keep all the live batteries clearly marked in one drawer and keep a pot with a lid on for the used batteries. It can help to store things in clear containers or clearly label things to avoid confusion, particularly if you share your home with a few people.
If you are looking to declutter your home for an upcoming move, we can help. Once you have cleared out your unwanted items, we can help safely transport what you do need to your new home. Arrowpak Removals provide a friendly and efficient removal service.