TIME TO DE­CLUT­TER

IG­NORE IM­POS­SI­BLE IM­AGES OF PER­FEC­TION

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Laura Tri­este

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.

Pic­ture: DAVID SWIFT

Su­sanne Thiebe.

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