If you have worked from home over the past year (or longer), if you have kids, or if you have recently moved into a new home, you may feel like the ‘stuff’ in your home is taking over. Your junk drawer is exploding, your decorative pillows are all over the floor, and your closet? Let’s not even go there. Needless to say, no matter why you need a home reset, it can be hard to do. Decluttering and cleaning up is challenging, to say the least. But, with a few tricks and tips, it can be much easier! Here are a few ways to reset your home – without the added stress!
Focus on what you need
First of all, to reset your home, you absolutely need to declutter. But, to do that, you have to focus on what you want. That means knowing what you want…or should I say, what you need. Spend some time thinking about your values. Strip it all down to the bare bones of your life and figure out what you need and what is most important to you and to your family. What makes you happy? What makes you proud? Ask yourself these important questions to get started. What really fuels you and gets you out of bed each morning? Instead of prioritizing THINGS, these are the things that you need to prioritize instead.
Keep in mind – there really are no right answers to these questions. Each person is different. If you love art, you might have an art studio in your home full of pencils, crayons, markers, paints, brushes, canvas, etc. To some, this would be cluttered and unnecessary, but to an artist, that is stripping down to the bare necessities – the things that they need to make them happy.
No matter what your priorities may be, make them your daily focus, by getting rid of the distractions in your home and in your life, as well. Say no to shopping and instead, say yes to becoming financially secure. Say no to going out each weekend and instead, say yes to spending more time with the people that you love. Once you start focusing more on the things that fuels your fire, the minimalist lifestyle will begin to feel like a natural choice, instead of something that you are trying to force, without knowing where to start.
Get rid of things you haven’t used in the last year
As you are going through the deluterring process, you have to face the fact that if you haven’t used an item in the last year, it is highly unlikely you really need it or that you are going to ever get enough use out of it to justify cluttering up your home. Take the plunge and get rid of it! Ask yourself these questions as you encounter each piece of clutter:
• Do I use this?
• How long has it been since I’ve used it?
• Will I use it again?
• Is it worth the space it takes up in my house?
Remember: The objective is to get stuff out of your home, not to move it into another room. You will be amazed by the sheer volume of unused and unneeded items in your home. Don’t spend time inventing reasons to keep these things.
Rearrange the layout
One great way to reset your home AND to create more open space within your home is to rearrange the layout. If your home has looked the same for years, you might be initially reluctant to take this step, but it could make a huge difference. Repositioning larger items like beds, sofas, and dressers to the edges and corners of the room can provide more space for you and your family + pets to enjoy and entertain. Think about the layout of your home and where the main foot traffic will be, as you will want to keep these areas clear. Don’t do all of the work yourself, though.
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Add things back in that do bring you joy
Once you declutter your home and fine-tune the new layout, bring things back into your home that brings you joy. This can be something as simple as different throw pillows, or outdoor furniture to help you enjoy your outdoor space more often. It also might be adding pictures of your family to your walls! Whatever it is – bring it back in, only if it brings you joy!
These are just a few ways to reset your home, but they can be so beneficial when it comes to getting rid of the clutter (+ stress that the clutter brings) and getting back to a home that you love!
Special Thanks to The Berger Bungalow for today’s post!