A less is more philosophy in the home makes life better. Promise! Think of decluttering as indoor pruning – cutting back the dead wood to regenerate space.
A clutter free laundry helps us to keep on top of the washing. At very least, it makes the chore less draining. Start by clearing shelves – an easy-access dumping ground. Group similar items together. Towels with wash cloths. Soaps with scrubbing brushes. And group cleaning supplies together in a grab-and-go caddy.
Good storage in a hallway captures all the stuff before it spreads throughout the house. And when we have to dash out the door, life is so much easier when keys and sunglasses live in a dedicated drop zone.
Place baskets under a bench – one for each family member – to keep shoes and bags in check. And park regularly used items such as dog leashes on a coat rack at the front door.
An organised home office helps us to feel on top of the endless flow of paperwork. The fewer files we store the quicker we can access important documents so have bills and bank statements emailed instead of posted.
Then use magazine boxes and folders in a colour that inspires. The more pleasant the space is to be in the more paperwork we will plough through in a session.
Endless piles of plastic packaging and half empty containers takes the joy out of cooking. As does the imminent threat of weevils. Decant raw ingredients into dedicated jars. Not only will this keep flour and pastas airtight, it will also deliver amazing texture to show off.
An armoire can serve as an amazing linen cupboard. Group complete sheet sets together and store in a pillow case or stack folded piles on the shelves – queen with queen and singles together. Keep piles neat by facing the folded side out.