The three key ways to master a tidy home

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You know how the saying goes, “tidy house, tidy mind”? It couldn’t be more true. The excess ‘junk’ sitting in the corners of our homes not only clutters our space, but our minds too. From books, coffee cups, magazines and days-old newspapers spilling over your coffee table, to draws bursting with clothes you no longer wear. Let’s not even get started with email inboxes, full of unread emails and no sense of organisation. This is why having a good old tidy can change your life considerably.

Follow the following three key steps to achieve optimum tidiness in your home:

1. Commit yourself to tidying up

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Once you have experienced what your house feels like when it is completely tidy in the true sense of the term, you will never want to return to clutter. By not being surrounded by clutter in your home, you inevitably have more free time to get on with the stuff that really matters in your life: seeing family and friends, hobbies and completing any goals you have set. A popular method of decluttering the home is the ‘KonMari’ method, which was founded by Marie Kondo – a professional organiser. Although it requires a lot of time and effort to begin with, once you have made up your mind about what you are keeping, selling, giving away, recycling or upcycling, it will completely change your way of life.

2. Tidy by category, not location

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The right order to ensure a tidy space is by working methodically: first clothes, second books/papers, third miscellaneous and finally, any sentimental items. Be honest, we’ve all been there: have you ever run across old photos while tidying and found that hours have passed while you were sat musing over them? This is why it is last, as it can take the longest.

Instead of getting caught in the trap, when tidying clothes, gather every item of clothing from the entire house in one spot. This allows you to see exactly how much you have. It’s very important to get an accurate grasp of the sheer volume for each category. One by one, assess each item and decide whether it is to be kept or recycled. Bear in mind the three R’s: ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’.

3. Get rid of everything you don’t use

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One characteristic of people who never seem to finish tidying up is that they attempt to hide all items in cupboards – as if it doesn’t exist – without getting rid of anything. Of course, when things are put away your home will look neat, but if the storage units are filled with unnecessary items, it will be impossible to keep them organised. Get rid all of everything you don’t use – and this includes those ‘just-in-case’ items you’re keeping for a rainy day.

Let’s face it, ‘just-in-case’ items can be replaced in less than 20 minutes for a few pounds; usually in a charity shop, or even for free online. A common JIC item is a stash of old and used mobile phones, which are essentially money bags sitting in the back of the cupboard. Therefore, if you’re looking to make space and earn a couple of extra pounds, tell yourself “I need to sell my damaged phone now!”

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