Feels Like Home: How to Clean and Organise your Home
By Nicola Burt, Designer and Tutor, http://www.klc.co.uk
We all have such busy lives these days it is easy to become overwhelmed by household tasks, preventing us from seeing our home as a sanctuary, where we can de-stress and unwind after a hard day’s work.
My name is Nicola Burt. I’m an interior designer and tutor at KLC School of Design, and I want to share with you some simple tips for decluttering and organising your home.
These are not big, drastic changes, but small, everyday things you can incorporate into your life to conquer the clutter.
Do you remember your mother always said ‘Carry something with you when you move from room to room. Never leave a room empty-handed’? She was right!
Running to the bathroom? On your way, throw away that chocolate bar wrapper that was left on the coffee table.
Going upstairs? Take your books with you and put them on your bedside table.
Taking a break from folding laundry? Bring the clean kitchen towels with you so you can put them away.
Try the 10 Minutes-A-Day Decluttering Exercise
Choose an area in your home you want to declutter, and set your timer for ten minutes.
Get some bin bags and recycling bags so you can throw things away as you work. Get a container (like a box, for example) for things you plan to get rid of that aren’t rubbish.
Smaller areas are the best, as you’ll be able to see your progress more easily. So select a desk drawer instead of a whole office. During the 10 minutes, focus completely on decluttering that drawer.
Start your timer and start throwing away things that are obviously rubbish. When that’s done, start taking out items from the drawer one by one. Ask yourself each time if the item is something that is really used and/or enjoyed. If it is, put it back in its place. If it’s not, put it in your ‘get rid of it’ box, bin or recycling.
At the end of 10 minutes, stop what you’re doing, and put away anything that’s out of place.
Put your bin bag in the bin, and put your ‘get rid of it’ box in the boot of your car. The next time you drive by a charity shop, you can drop the box off.
Hooray! You’ve made a start on getting rid of clutter in your home. Repeat daily for best results.
Wardrobe: Reverse Clothes-Hanger Test
Turn all the clothes hanging in your wardrobe around so that the hangers face the opposite way.
For the next six months, every time you wear an item of clothing, return it to the wardrobe with the hanger facing the correct way. If you try it on but decide not to wear it, make sure you put it back with the hanger turned backwards—no cheating.
Be prepared for a shock; you are going to find you own lots of clothes you have no use for. You should seriously consider getting rid of anything you don’t wear regularly.
Bathroom: Read the Numbers
All products have an expiry date. Sometimes it is stamped on the product itself, sometimes on the packaging. Regardless, most have a lifespan of 6-18 months.
So check your bathroom products regularly so there are no nasties lurking in the back of the cabinet. A good rule of thumb is that the closer the product is used to the eyes, the shorter its lifespan. While organising your bathroom you might consider learning the correct way to fold your towels, which can add an instant touch of glamour to the space. Take a look at Christy’s video tutorial on how best to do this.
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