“For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.” – Benjamin Franklin
When I started purchasing homes & creating my own living spaces I would often strive for a flawless, impossible to maintain showcase that cost much more than I could afford. My new mission? Living my life in a house that makes me truly happy.
Your home should be a place you look forward to returning to every day. It’s all about simple solutions that will not only make your living space more organized but also more spacious, lighter and calmer. You will waste less time searching for your keys or tripping over the mess. You won’t need to hide things in drawers or shove them away because you will love what you have.
Pairing down, putting away and purchasing thoughtfully are some of the ways that I have created calm in my own life. I can help you achieve this clarity, calm and order, too! Here are eight ways to get there:
- Buy fewer things! Resist impulse or “speed bump display” purchases (the strategically placed items near the check out counter that you never actually need) and focus on quality.
- Donate things you don’t use. This includes unwanted gifts, clothes you no longer wear, odds and ends that you have’t touched in over 3 months.
- Shop your own house. Everyday items such as baskets, trays, and hooks are perfect for storage in every room. Use baskets for blankets and extra cozy things, hang kitchen supplies with hooks to save counter space and place similar items on trays, giving them a “home.”
- Steal ideas from experts! Pay attention in stores and hotels for how things are displayed. When visiting friends with living spaces you enjoy, take note! Ask questions! Recreate your vision.
- Phase out plastic. You won’t want to stash away products made out of more sustainable materials such as wood, glass, bamboo or ceramic. They are much more pleasing to the eye (and better for the planet).
- Less is more. Bigger is NOT better in terms of storage. Huge closets and pantries make hoarding extras easy and keeping track of belongings more difficult.
- Establish simple routines. Keep car keys, glasses and remotes in a designated spot. Commit to resetting your kitchen before bed to save time in the mornings.
- MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME! Too much order is cold, uninviting and unrealistic. Life is for living and our homes are the playground. Simplicity combined with less clutter is all you need.