By: Holly Case, Freelance Writer and Mom of Three Boys
You don’t have to live alone on a mountaintop to make your home a peaceful retreat. Creating a calmer home starts with getting more organized. It doesn’t matter whether you’re naturally inclined to be a neat freak or you enjoy when things are little more lived-in. Try a few of these tips and you’ll take relaxing at home to whole new levels.
Put Things Away Immediately
The best way you can cut down on clutter is at the source. Put things away immediately, from junk mail to the new shoes you just bought. Unpack your bags right away after a trip and put freshly folded laundry back in your drawers instead of leaving it in piles on the couch.
Get Rid of Things You Don’t Need
Chances are good that you’re hanging on to things you don’t really want or need. According to Marie Kondo in her book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” you should pare back your belongings to include only the things that bring you joy. Spend a few afternoons going through your house and get rid of the shoes you rarely wear or the lipstick colors you don’t love.
Find a Place for the Things You Have
Feel like you’re outgrowing your house? It might be a case that you just need to get organized. Go to IKEA or The Container Store and invest in some new organizational gear. When everything has its proper place, you will suddenly feel like your home has a lot more space.
Designate No-Phone Zones
Smartphones are great, but there’s no question that they can sometimes make us feel like we’re on an electronic leash. If you want your home to feel calmer and more relaxing, you need to designate some areas of your home off-limits for phone use. For example, you’ll be able to unwind more easily if you don’t use your phone in bed or at the dinner table.
Allow Some Places for Messes
Some people are just born to be neat freaks and don’t find it difficult to keep their homes organized. For the rest of us, though, it takes a little more effort. Set aside one part of your home where you allow a bit more clutter, such as a drawer in your kitchen or a hall closet. Stay resolved to keep the rest of your space clean.