I recently decided that my home was anything but stress-free. I believe there is a connection between how we feel and our surroundings. If we are surrounded by chaos and clutter, toxic people, and stress, our home will be one of the places this shows up.
Our homes can be filled with clutter, be dirty, or be disorganized. We might feel depressed and overwhelmed, or anxious, leading to a lack of motivation. We look at our surroundings and feel too stressed to do anything. Our house owns us instead of the other way around.
What can be done? Are we just a victim to our stuff?
I think taking small, meaningful efforts will help. It won’t be an overnight fix. My home shows the stress level of my life for the last year. Piles of laundry, broken furniture and clutter stuffed in our basement, and a lack of deep cleaning are evident in my home. I’m not coming from a place of knowing it all. I am with you in the mess and want to inspire you to move forward, just as I am doing.
Will it be easy? No. Our homes can easily get out of control. I want to share my tips on cleaning and decluttering, but who doesn’t love a little home decor inspiration as well? I love finding simplistic or minimalistic ways to dress up a room. It’s the little things really make a big difference.
My Stress-free Journey
I have a background in graphic design, so I love colors and creative ways of thinking. Even though I’m not an interior designer or interior decorator, I truly want my home to be something I love and enjoy. I’m sure you feel the same way if you are still reading.
My style tends to be more minimalistic, but decorate and organize the way you want if it brings you joy. I’ll share my journey and inspirations so you can be motivated to create your own calm spaces.
Where to begin?
Start by creating a list of every room in your house. Make one list with cleaning tasks–dusting, vacuuming, laundry, etc. Then note the things you’d like to get rid of. Maybe you have clothing that needs to be sorted and donated.
If this is too overwhelming, just take a look at one room you want to work on. For me, that would be my dining room. Besides cleaning and organizing, here is a list of things I’d like to accomplish with that room:
- Remove clutter on the table
- Remove artwork from walls
- Finish moldings project
- Pick a theme/color scheme for wall art
- Research artwork and decor I would like and create a Pinterest board for my ideas
- Replace area rug
- Find new table cloth and centerpiece
This is one of my smaller rooms and we barely use it for an eating area. Sadly, this room has become a catch-all for everything, so in addition to these tasks, I’d also like to figure out a process so we don’t end up using the table as a drop for mail, junk, and other items.
After you’ve set up tasks and to-do’s you want to accomplish, set a date you’d like to do this by. Maybe the bigger items will be once every other week. For my room, I want to accomplish these tasks before Christmas 2019. So that gives me a month to get this all done. I can also set due dates for each task and put them in an app, such as the ToDoist app. This will send notifications for me to keep on track. Or you could simply just set up tasks on your phone or calendar.
Set these up in chunks if you only have 20 minutes. For instance, if you need to find a new rug, maybe research for 20 minutes on retail sites to find the one you like. Then set up another task to visit the store to make the purchase.
Once you have these set up with due dates, then you can tackle the list one day at a time. Do this process with any other rooms or projects in your home that you want to focus on.
What are some methods you’ve found that help you stay organized and peaceful?
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