Tidy House, Tidy Mind
It has often been said that a tidy house is a reflection of a tidy mind and there is no doubt that the environment we live in directly affects how we feel both physical and mentally. With that in mind, this article shares some tips to help keep your house tidy and minimise stress.
Find extra storage space
Many homes lack adequate storage space; this can often lead to clutter accumulating. If you don’t have a lot of loft space, then use some of the under the bed storage solutions to help tidy things out of the way.
Buy toy tubs for children and encourage them to put everything away when they have finished playing with their toys. Alternatively, opt for an ottoman storage bed; the Divan Bed Centre has a good selection that make excellent use of your bedroom space.
Housework often suffers because we don’t have a routine. Set a regular schedule for when each task should be done. Choose a time that fits into your personal lifestyle so you don’t struggle to fit things in. It doesn’t matter when you do it – just make sure you find time in your schedule.
Sometimes it’s not possible to keep up with everything, so learn to prioritise. For many householders, the main priorities will be keeping up with the laundry and making sure the kitchen and bathroom are clean. Fit in all of the other chores in between.
If you live with a partner, or have a family, make sure that each person is allotted a fair amount of tasks. Let children be responsible for their own tidying when they can, and share the chores equally with your partner.
If you want to take it a step further, why not create a roster so everyone knows what they should be doing and when?
We all have things that are precious to us, but don’t hold on to things that you don’t need. Have regular clear outs; a good idea is to clear out with the seasons and disregard items that you are no longer need, or you might have grown out of. If its in a box and hasn’t been touched since your last clear out you probably don’t need it.
If you want to make some extra money from the items you’ve outgrown, go to a carboot sale, sell them on eBay or take a look at some of the other online selling places such as Preloved. Alternatively, you can try sites likes Freecycle to give things away, or take them to your local charity shop.
Keeping a tidy house isn’t just about decluttering, it’s about reorganising the house so that everything is easier to manage. Make sure that there is a place for everything. This will significantly reduce your stress levels and will save you time as you won’t be constantly trying to find things.
File your paperwork
Most people have had a moment when they can’t find a bill that they know needs to be paid. Keep a file for all of the household bills so you can keep a track of which bills needs to be paid and when.