October 25, 2020
Has anyone else been slightly obsessed with ‘The Home Edit’ or the Marie Kondo Method recently? These and other home organization shows have become so popular because of one simple but important idea: streamlining your décor and belongings declutters not only your space, but your life as well.
We always focus on ways to love your space and make it your own. But did you ever consider that having too much stuff or not having an organizational plan could be getting in the way? You want your home to have beauty and function as well. Keeping items or décor you don’t need or want because you can’t seem to part with them just creates clutter.
I think most interior designers would agree, less is more, and that you should only buy and keep pieces you love. Luckily, tackling this in your home is easier than you think. By following a few key principles, you can start to organize your home and your life!
Categorize. A great place to begin is to create categories for your things. To keep it simple you could create 3 categories: keep, sell, and donate. Only keep the things you need or absolutely love. Break down everything you are keeping into their own categories. Create categories that work for you home and your needs, as this can vary person to person.
Organize. The idea here is you want everything to have a place. You need to find the space for everything you are keeping. Totes, baskets, bins, shelves, and racks are great at helping with this. Things like seasonal décor, winter clothing, and keepsakes should all have dedicated spots in your home.
This is also the step where you can use your creativity. Incorporate a console table to hide wires, electronics, etc. in your den or bedroom. Install shelves on walls and use vertical or overhead storage to maximize the space. The options are endless if you think outside the box!
Maintain. Possibly the most important of all, is maintenance. You don’t want to spend all the time and energy streamlining your home to have it fall back into a disorganized mess. Make sure to put things back where they belong and continue to assess your space. Is your living room starting to feel cramped? Maybe it’s time to retire that lumpy old armchair that never seems to be used or donate your massive curio that only holds your never-used wedding china.
A surprising outcome from all of this is what this can do for you mentally. I promise you will feel lighter, happier, and more in control of your home and your life. Good luck and feel free to share any creative organizational tips you have used!
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