Lindsay Faber, getsorted.com.au
There’s a good reason why “organisation expert” is now a valid career option. As our lives become more complicated, increasing numbers of people are seeking help in paring back. Lindsay Faber has helped many Australians simplify their surroundings. One in, one out: This is Faber’s unbreakable rule. If you can’t decide what item will be discarded, abort the purchase. “Our physical spaces reflect our inner reality, so we are better off with fewer things that we love, rather than many pieces that we have no relationship with,” she says. Faber advises people to be harshly practical. Ask yourself where you will store this new thing and whether it helps you fulfil your vision for your home and life. Keep surfaces clear: This helps clear minds and ensures the items you have on display deserve their honoured place, Faber says. In practical terms, it means making your bed in the morning, doing the dishes at night before bed, putting laundry in the basket as you take your clothes off and hanging up towels. “Get the kids involved,” Faber says. “By teaching them these habits you create organised kids who understand the principles of order.” Get, use, discard: Buy what you use and use what you buy. Have a strategy for what you bring into your home. For example, draw up meal plans and only buy what is on that list. “This saves you time, money and the stress of a fridge full of rotting food,” Faber says. Don’t be an emotional hoarder: Of course sentimentality is lovely, but do you have to keep every scribble by your adored progeny? Distil your memories down to one treasured memento and keep it in a memory box or on display. We use 20 per cent of what we own 80 per cent of the time – the rest is just clutter. You don’t have to be a minimalist: Some people prefer to live in homes filled with treasures. “The point is to have a vision, identify what you love most, identify its purpose and use what you have,” Faber says.