Feeling it? Big and small stressors are in every part of our lives.
Our homes are often the cause of some low level stressors, like losing your keys because there’s no handy space to keep them, or not being able to park in the garage when it’s pouring with rain, because it’s full of stuff.
Read on for a few quick and simple tips to help transform your home to a convenient, peaceful haven.
~ Take a minute. Yes! That means sit for a bit and think. Even if that’s only on the train, or when you have 5 minutes to yourself in your car.
Why? I want you to think about the things that bother you the most about your home, big and small. Take a tour of the rooms, in your mind or in reality and note annoying things. Or keep a list on your phone that you can add to when you notice you’re feeling tense about something around you.
~ De-clutter those annoying spaces. You’ll probably find that the reason your pot & pan cupboard annoys you is because there’s too many and you only use 4 of them anyway.
~ Have a place for everything. Keys go on the hooks by the door (buy some hooks!), mail goes in the tray on the computer table, scissors go in the vintage jam jar. It’s just where they belong!
~ Put things you use most often within easy reach at the front or at shoulder height. Things you use less put at the back or high or low.
~ Keep like with like, so you don’t have to hunt in several places for that bill you should have paid, and didn’t you have a tan jacket somewhere?
~ Be practical. Cute storage items are nice to have but no good if you can’t see what’s in them or they’re annoying to open.
~ Always keep a Donate box or bag in a handy spot. Clothes that no longer fit, unwanted gifts, things you no longer need or like? Pop them in, when it’s full take it to your nearest charity shop, they’ll be so happy to see you!
~ Every time you move from one room to another, have a quick look around for things that should be where you’re going.
~ Have useful things like scissors & sellotape in several places around the house.
Just pick one thing from the list above and put it into action. Then another. Before you know it, you’ll be simplifying your life and destressing, one step at a time.