Your home should be a sacred space. It should be your little place in this world where you can rest and feel peace. But the problem with a lot of homes these days is that they are anything but restful. They are disorganized and overrun with clutter. This is why even if the house structure and design are actually lovely, homeowners cannot find great pleasure in them.
If you are dealing with clutter at home and you are in dire need of a place that you can soften and meld into, it’s time to restore the true value or essence of a home. Here’s how to do that.
1. Edit your possessions.
Set aside a weekend to go through all the items in your home and evaluate their value to the kind of home life you long to have. You will most likely find a lot of rubbish and items you have no idea why you’ve kept all this time.
There is only one logical thing to do about these items. Take them out of your home. Dispose of them by throwing them out or, even better still, giving or donating them to those who can still use them.
The general principle to uphold here is to get rid of everything that holds no real value in the life you want to create. You will only be left with those items that can actually contribute to the positive change you are making.
Remember what the Danes (aka, the happiest people on earth) like to say about “things” – “less things, more life.”
2. Put away seasonal items.
Christmas trees and decor, seasonal clothing, and special appliances and furniture that you take out during a specific season should be put away. If you have a garage for that – great. However, if you do not, consider turning to a storage facility in your area. You can put seasonal belongings there and other items that you simply have no use for at the moment or anytime soon.
If you cannot find a storage provider in your locality, try calling up moving companies. Most of the time, their moving services also include storage services. That’s not all, their storage service sometimes includes removalists coming over your place to pack your items for you and bringing your possessions to the facility themselves. It’s important to note, however, that only the best removalist companies offer such a convenient service.
3. Clean up.
After paring down your belongings and regaining useful space at home, tidy it up. There’s something incredibly satisfying about a home where you can run a finger on surfaces and not pick up dust. Plus, when your house is clean, you’ll sleep more soundly. No allergens in the air or pests hiding under the clutter.
For thorough cleaning of your home, invest in a deep cleaning service by professional home cleaners.
4. Bring a bit of nature in.
Buy a few houseplants to place in different parts of your home. Indoor plants can improve the quality of air at home aside from being quite lovely to look at. Get yourself some standing plants, hanging plants, window sill plants, and little pots of greens to place on tables.
Plants have a natural calming effect. Their beautiful color and fresh scent have been known to aid restlessness.
5. Incorporate small decor into your space.
Small potted plants and candles are refreshing to see in the home. Because of their size, they are not visually “assaulting” to have around. Plus, they provide a cozy and welcoming atmosphere to your home.
6. Use warm lighting.
Warm lights from candles and little fairy lights add a touch of whimsy and magic to your home, while also making your space cozy and warm. There’s nothing like the warm glow from such lighting to put you in a relaxed state.
Studies even reveal that warm lighting is truly the most relaxing type of illumination for people. As part of humans’ natural circadian rhythm, this type of lighting signals the body to wind down and get ready for rest. So, for a home wherein you can easily rest, you need these warm lights.
A home that is also a restful sanctuary can truly bring the heart great delight. So, turn yours into one now by following the tips imparted here. Take control of the chaos and create a place that automatically makes you feel at peace.
Craig Jones is the Managing Director at Aussiemove, Australia’s largest independent moving alliance. Craig is a respected member of the removalist network in Australia, having served in senior positions, including the President of the removal industries governing body, the Australian Furniture Removals Association (AFRA). With 23 years of experience at Aussiemove, he has the skills and the highly trained team to move families safely and reliably, in Adelaide, across Australia and around the world.