Keep Your House Tidy and your Life Will Change in 2020

how to create a clean and happy home

They say when you keep a tidy house, you’ll achieve more and be more creative.

Maria Kondos has become the world’s most high profile de-clutterer, and she says when you house is tidy, you can achieve anything you want in life. She says once you imagine your ideal lifestyle, you are clarifying why you want to tidy and visualising the kind of lei you ant to live once you are finished.

So: Imagine your dream beach house. It’s clean and white, with wooden floors and interiors accented in sea greens and soft yellows, which lead out to a beautiful balcony overlooking a beautiful beach.

It doesn’t matter if your real-life living space doesn’t match what you’re dreaming, as long as you keep a clean and today house, studies show you can create and achieve anything.

Here are five easy steps to creating the perfect space at home:

Make a Start:

The first, and hardest, step is starting. This isn’t a chance for you to say ‘I will start this weekend’ or ‘I will start when I next have a day off’. You need to tell yourself ‘I will start now’. What method of cleaning and tidying will work best for you? Kondo, author of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”, recommends doing it all at once.

“Block out time and commit to decluttering your house and your life”, she says. This method won’t work for everyone, in particular people with disabilities or illnesses, so start yourself off with manageable blocks, whether it be twenty minutes or five minutes, combined with breaks to make progress.

Where to Start:

Start with the rooms you spend the most time in, tidying and cleaning these rooms will have the largest positive effect for you; these may be your bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, or living room. Discard everything you don’t need. Any odd bits of rubbish and paper, followed by the assorted junk and ephemera you’ve collected over the years.

Look at the things in the room and decide what you truly need and truly love. Are you ever going to get that clock fixed? (Be honest). Do you still like that poster you have on the wall? Be ruthless and honest about your possessions; leave your house filled only with things that make you feel happy and loved.

How to Tidy:

Once you’ve finished discarding it’s time to start the process of tidying. Be careful not to start this step until you have finished getting rid of the things you don’t need. “As soon as you think, “I wonder if it will fit in this drawer,” the work of discarding comes to a halt,” Kondo says.

In her book she recommends giving everything you own a place in your home. “The reason every item must have a designated place is because the existence of an item without a home multiplies the chances that your space will become cluttered again,” she explains.

How to Clean:

Clean top-to-bottom. Start with high shelves and picture frames and dust and wipe your way down to floor level. Always sweep and vacuum a room last so that you pick up and dust and dirt you knocked off the high places.

Clean your windows and mirrors – take a break to marvel at your shiny, new reflection – dust any ornaments and lampshades, and wash any sheets and blankets in use.

Try a Revamp:

If after all the cleaning and tidying you are still not inspired by where you live, you can always book yourself an interior designer to come in and review what you’ve done in terms of decorating, for some advise on how to revamp your living space.

From the bedroom, the kitchen, to the lounge room, an interior designer can assist in helping you choose the right furniture, bed linen, prints for mounting on the wall and even help you choose a colour scheme for your house or apartment; depending where you live.

A good start is with these Interior Designers Melbourne called Creative Expectations.

How to Maintain:

Make your bed every morning. Keep everything in its designated spot. If you use something, return it to its designated spot afterwards. Go through your house every night before you go to bed and return the items trying to escape to their places.

And finally, take pleasure in your beautiful, tidy home and let it inspire happiness and pride in you throughout the day.

Rebecca Wilkinson

Beauty Editor

Rebecca is a freelance content creator and beauty editor for Bondi Beauty. She is a pescatarian, who may yet become vegan. She loves all things beauty, health & travel, has a weakness for coffee and is obsessed with cats and yoga. If she's not answering her mobile - it's probably because she's trying out the latest beauty trend, like massaging crushed pearls into her skin for the ultimate collagen and vitamin boost to skin cells.

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