With Less Things:
1. Your Home Will Instantly Look Organised
Have you ever watched a home renovation show?? If you are like me, the best part of the show is always the big reveal at the end. There is something very satisfying about seeing a ugly space transformed into a beautiful room or home.
Side note: It’s even more satisfying in real life when you get to be part of that process. I know!
You know what we miss though with the reality show? We miss seeing the amount of stuff that is packed up and taken away at the beginning of the show. Do you notice that it doesn’t get returned to the home for the big reveal? You know why? By having less things in the space that is getting re-done, it already looks better.
The wonderful news is that the same is true for our homes.
Our rooms will look instantly tidier and cleaner when they have less things in them.
“When I finally came to my senses, I saw that my room still wasn’t tidy even though it was full of magazine racks, bookshelves, drawer dividers, and other storage units of every kind… Putting things away creates the illusion that the clutter problem had been solved. But sooner or later the storage units are full, the room once again overflows with things… This is why tidying must start with discarding.” – Marie Kondo, The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up
I use to think that the mess in my house came from the play of small kids, and from working on creative projects. Most of all I thought I just didn’t know how to properly organise stuff. That there was a secret to home organisation, that I hadn’t discovered yet. Yes, those things do contribute to mess. However you know what I’ve found is the biggest contributor? Simply having too much stuff for the space I live in. The secret to home organisation is having less things in your house!
I recently decluttered my living room of furniture!! I was surprised how much difference that one task made to the look and feel of the room. Even though the walls still need painting and the couch covers replaced it looked cleaner and more organised.
Your Action Item:
Choose a small area in your home that is looking or feeling really disorganised. For example; a drawer or shelf. Discard or put away some of things you have there and observe how much of a difference it makes!
2. You Will Spend Less Time Tidying Up
My time is precious to me, after all it is a finite resource. Over the years I have learnt that I do not like spending my time tidying up. I would rather read a book or two. When I have less things in my home, tidying up takes hardly any time at all.
If you were to tidy up your house right now, how long would it take you? 5 minutes?
Well that’s how long Dana White, from A Slob Comes Clean, recommends in her 2016 book, How To Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind. If 5 minutes feels like an impossible task to put away stuff from the day, maybe your home contains too many things? Mums, of little ones who have the impressive skill of pulling all the contents of a room out in 5 minutes or less, are not included in this.
Really, how many of us want to spend more time in our homes putting things in order?
Your Action Task:
Grab a timer, your kids or just yourself and do a 5 minutes pick up of the house. Discard any rubbish and return items to where they belong. Do it the next day and the next… make it a daily habit!
3. You will Feel More Inspired And Hopeful
Good things come out of living with less things! A significant benefit is how living with less improves our well being.
“When your home and world are in disarray, you can’t relax. It takes more energy to be in chaos because you have to keep track of all the junk. Eventually exhaustion sets in. When you honestly look at clutter and ask if it’s necessary in your life, buried emotions come to the surface…. Toss what’s unnecessary so that you can finally relax, and your remaining possessions will have a clear place to land.”
― Brooks Palmer,
Clutter makes it difficult for you to relax, both physically and mentally. It signals to your brain that your work is never done. Too many things around is also distracting, can increase your anxiety, cause feelings of guilt and embarrassment, and reduce your ability to problem solve and get things done.
When we consciously choose what to keep and what to discard from our homes, our well being improves.
Your Action Task:
Start now! Choose a small, obvious space to go through and declutter. The goal is to have less things! Choose the best and/or most useful items to keep and, bin or donate the rest.