Are you and your home suffering from CHAOS? (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome)? If your answer is ‘yes’, then you seriously need to get cracking. It is one of the most energising and easiest ways of creating space in your home. It also sorts out what you have grown out of, what you love and want to keep to personalise your home. Now you are going to create S.P.A.C.E:-
Yes, that is right. You can never have a cool interior if you have stuff everywhere. This needs to be done regularly. If you let clutter build up it will become overwhelming. If you are overwhelmed and CHAOS has set in, use the timer for one hour a day and start sorting. Sort into 3 piles:
- Give away to Charity-make sure clean and useable
- Keep-put in its correct storage space where you can easily find it
- Bin –recycle what you can, and dispose of things thoughtfully
Work in ONE room at a time, and go through this room methodically until it is done and then move on to the next one. This takes perseverance and time, but you will get there. After you have finished your house will no longer be in CHAOS and you can have friends over all the time! Even better it will take around only ONE hour a week to keep it sorted.
Some ideas for those things that you are keeping:
- Store things where you use them. Use old boxes, tins, jars in creative ways to store things.
- Group like items together. You may even be able to use them as a display?
- Store most frequently used items in the most accessible places. Keep things you use most often at eye level; store heavy items below waist level and infrequently used items on high shelves (keep a step stool within easy reach for such items) or in another area of the house.
- Keep small items in containers, see-through bins if possible, with neat, easy-to-read labels.
- De-clutter yearly or more often. Get rid of unnecessary duplicates, items that are damaged beyond repair, or things no longer used.
If you have stairs in your house, never go up or down them without carrying something. If you have things to go upstairs, leave them at the bottom of the stairs and when you pass it next time pick them up and put them away where they belong. This works in the reverse order too!