Although the weather might not think it, winter is finally coming to an end and spring is just around the corner! So it's the perfect time to start thinking about spring cleaning your home and taking the first steps to making it that haven you've always wanted.
Reasons to Declutter
Researchers have actually found that having clutter in your home can be detrimental to your health and well-being. Studies have shown that people who sleep in uncluttered rooms have a better quality of sleep than those in cluttered rooms. They have also found evidence that having a cluttered room can cause over-stimulation, which can lead to tiredness and lack of concentration.
Tips on Decluttering
Many of us find it hard to part with our things, whether it be a cinema ticket from that first date when you were 12, or that really comfy pair of jeans with the broken zipper. But sometimes you need to be ruthless. Aim for that end goal, where your beautiful home can be seen gleaming, alleviated from those unnecessary 'bits and bobs'. Here are a few tips if you find it hard to ditch the junk:
- The 1 in 1 out Rule: Whenever you buy something new, find something old that you can turf out for it to replace. This is a great way of keeping the clutter to a minimum regularly, rather than having a big purge once a year or so.
- The 6 Month Rule: When clearing your things out, ask yourself, have I used this in the last 6 months? If it's a no, then it's a no-go and out it flies!
- The Kondo Method: Marie Kondo's book, The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organising states that anything that does not "spark joy", should be thrown out. When sorting through items you should think about how that thing makes you feel, if it ignites sadness or no emotion at all, then it should be given away.
- Storage: Storage is key to that perfect uncluttered feel. You can still have some of those special items, but they all have their specific place, and you know exactly where to find them. Examples of great organisational and storage features are drawer inserts. Many of the wardrobes we design include drawer inserts for your accessories and jewellery. This means that they are no longer strewn across the top of your chest of drawers or bedside tables. Another option is to have built in storage units in otherwise unusable space like under the stairs, or even a built in storage bed. For more ideas take a peek at our blog on household storage here.
You've cleared out those beans from 2013 and those numerous plain white Ts, we can help you with the rest!