I know it's not spring yet but after all the excess and mania of Christmas I feel the urge to simplify and reorganise our home and life. As I get older I have become more and more minimalistic although it can be hard when children come along and have felt the past few years we have built up too many things that we simply don't need. I was brought up in an un-materialistic household where less was always more and if you did need to buy something going with quality over quantity was key.
I personally find having a more simplified household, which is in turn is easier to organise, much better for the mind and soul as clutter in your home can also clutter your thoughts. Of course it's much easier said than done and I too am all about sentimentality but if it's not useful, practical or atheistically pleasing then one should rethink about wether they really need it. The thing is I am not alone in feeling this way - experts actually say that disorganised people and those with lots of clutter in their lives often feel frustrated, unhappy, anxious or out of control all of which could be eased if they brought some order into the home.
The Scandinavian countries have minimal but stylish living down to a tee so let's all bring some Scandi inspiration into our lives and homes. Here are some top tips for decluttering your home
1. Evaluate everything - what are you simply not using? Ask yourself if you really need it, is it useful, does it hold sentimental value or is it athletically pleasing? If it's none of these things then let it go.
2. Focus on one small area of the house first otherwise it's very easy to get overwhelmed. Start with one drawer at a time and you will be surprised how quickly it adds up.
3. Spend a few minutes visualising your room - have a clear image if what you want to achieve and how you would ideally like your space to look - once you have a goal is easier to work towards making it a reality.
4. Teach your kids where things go - children can create so much mess but they can also help you tidy and sort things away - put them in charge of packing away some of their own toys - perhaps setup a reward chart to encourage them to help out.
5. Start some simple filling - papers and post can easily pile up, so buy some folders and start organising your filing. Make sure everything is clearly labelled for Bills, Tax etc and put them all in one spot so you know where everything is.
There really isn't a better time than January and the new year to start a fresh, get organised and declutter your mind, soul and home. You will feel a lot lighter but clearing out that unnecessary excess from your life.