TIME TO DECLUTTER
IGNORE IMPOSSIBLE IMAGES OF PERFECTION
THE rising trends of minimalism and home organising experts such as Marie Kondo has put the benefits of decluttering at the forefront of many people’s minds.
But professional organiser Susanne Thiebe says the glossy photos of pristine homes that inspire us in the first place can often be a barrier to sustaining a home free of clutter.
“I think they do to our home image what supermodels do to our body image,” Thiebe says.
The owner of Less Mess Professional Organisers believes a practical approach and the right priorities will get the job done.
THIS TIME IT’S PERSONAL
THE right way to declutter and the number of items you own should be tailored to your needs.
“It’s you and your family’s judgment. If you are not stressed by your clutter, it’s not a problem,” Thiebe says.
“But if you can’t find things and your kids are constantly late to school or if you don’t want to have friends over, that’s a problem.”
Remember the real benefit is a decluttered state of mind.
“Clutter is delayed decisions. Every item you own is a point on your to-do list,” she says.
KEEP IT PRACTICAL
AN AESTHETICALLY pleasing home is nice but your organising efforts will be short-lived if they do not match your lifestyle.
“If you have three children, you are not going to fold your undies,” Thiebe says.
When it comes to choosing organising systems for what you keep, they have to be right for you.
“Ask yourself ‘can I find it where I need it? Is it easy to reach?’.”
BREAK IT DOWN
THIEBE believes the notion that decluttering must be done all at once is what turns most people off.
“If you only have three hours in a week, don’t dismiss that,” she says.
Taking any spare time you can to declutter, even if that is just 10 minutes while you are waiting for dinner to cook, will slowly but surely get you there.
“Start with a drawer in the kitchen. Then you have something done that shows you it’s possible,” Thiebe says.
And for those tedious tasks you have been putting off because you know they will take a long time?
“Set a timer and break everything up into 30-minute slots.”
An overly cluttered home often means an overly cluttered mind.