Before I launch head first into the room by room section of the home series. I thought it was best to broach the topic of uncluttering. Now, before you all freak out at the mention of uncluttering. I’m not suggesting you strip your homes of special treasures, and live a stark existence (unless that truly is your thing). I’m one that loves to be surrounded by stuff at home and think that this is what really makes where I live, feel like home. But, when I say stuff I don’t just mean any old stuff. So often, we fill our homes with things because someone has said that would look good in you place. Or, the marketing tells you that’s “on trend” so you purchase it without thought. If your home is over flowing with lots of ‘just stuff’, the treasures you do have won’t sparkle. When you are continually surrounded by all this ‘just stuff’. You’ll feel swamped and taken over by the contents of your home.
It is the getting rid of this ‘just stuff’ that I’m referring to when I say “unclutter”. I’m sure that straight off the top of your head you could rattle off a list of this ‘just stuff’ that you would never miss if removed. Those of you who read the previous blog post and came up with your own remove/ replace list of furniture, have already started the journey to unclutter your homes. I’m sure there are many of you that are saying to yourselves right now. “l already spend heaps of time each day uncluttering”. This thankless task of picking up stuff and putting it away, is in fact tidying. The need for continual tidying can be drastically reduced by investing the time to unclutter your home and find places for the things you want to keep.
I know that at the first mention of storage, there will be some of you who will get excited and want to rush off and purchase fancy storage gadgets before uncluttering. I can tell you now, before you even leave the house. That you will be wasting your time and hard-earned money, on more stuff that you won’t use and will be added to the pile of ‘just stuff’ you already own. If you don’t unclutter before sorting storage, how do you know that you need new storage items? The time to start thinking about storage, is when you have sorted through your stuff and are ready to find homes for the things that are important to you. The treasures and memento’s that you want to have on display, are best in places where they are easily seen and enjoyed without being in the way of everyday living. When thinking about homes for the things we use all the time. Focus on reducing the effort needed to put those things away, rather than the effort needed to get them out. Thus, reducing the likely hood of things not being put away, when they are finished with. The perfect home for your belongings does not need to have been designed specifically for the purpose you have chosen to use it for. Often, many of the things that are already in our homes that can become the perfect storage solution, by getting creative and thinking outside the square. I’m sure you will be able to come up with some unique ways to store your belongings, that will themselves become treasures.
Remember, when things have their own place to be, they are more likely to be put back there by the person who got them out. Now wouldn’t that be a miracle. Things, being put back where they are supposed to go, instead of being left out waiting for the tidier to come along. Imagine all that extra time you would have in your week?
Did this dispel the myths and fears that you’ve had about uncluttering?
P.S next week we start the room by room section of the home series.