Tips on how to declutter your home

Walking out the house you instantly noticed something. No urge to pull your shoulders up. The zip of your coat doesn’t have to go all the way up. And the knitted wool scarf is clearly too much addition to your outfit. It’s that time of the year – a great time to check or update your home inventory!

Tips on how to declutter your home for a healthy lifestyle
I love walking into my home when it’s clean, organised and clutter free. And at the same time I have come to accept the fact that these moments are rare. Our household, or should I say, our hallway is complemented with football shoes, sneakers, boots, rucksacks and little nick nacks cluttering the top of the shoe cabinets. With simple adjustments we now keep the hallway free from clutter and have surely gained a mindful home.

Make an inventory
The solution for getting organised is to start making an inventory list. Write it down in a notebook or memorise it for those who don’t need a list. Go into each room in your house and start to write everything down what you need to get, or what needs to be done in this part of your home. Prevent over-thinking when writing down, we talk budget later.

 

Cupboards, cabinets and drawers
Open all your cupboards, cabinets and drawers. If you keep things in boxes, open them as well. Check what’s in it and take anything out that you haven’t used the past year. If it has sentimental value and you can’t let go of it yet, then don’t. Just keep it and cherish it a little longer.

Box it up, sell it or give away
Collect all the items you no longer fit, need or use and pack them up in to boxes, crates or even bin bags. If you think your items might be of value, sell them through a sell and buy site. Take good photos and keep your advert short and simple. If people are interested they will contact you for more information.
Try to recycle when throwing things away. I know it’s easier to just chuck everything in the bin, but try to find your local waste collection and bring your items or contact local waste collectors to pick items up from your house. Or simply give stuff away to friends, colleagues and family. Plenty options for recycling.

 

Cleaning
Washing dishes, doing the laundry, hovering or mopping the floor and changing the bed sheets are things we do on a daily or weekly base. At least, I hope you do, otherwise you’re one dirty little rug rat! Now is the time to thoroughly clean your windows, bathroom mirror and kitchen tiles till they’re crisp and fresh. Being able to see yourself in it or looking through it is the best feeling ever. Don’t be ashamed of hating to do these household chores or even loving it – I’m not.

Budget
If your list states you have to purchase or update items then do so. Set yourself a budget for every item and go out and get it. Or stay in bed or couch and browse the internet for it. Check the sell and buy sites for second hand furniture and other items. People tend to get rid of their stuff after they lost interest (like yourself), but it might be the perfect solution for getting that never ending cluttered hallway organised.
If you have favourite brands for clothing, search on brand and compare prices.
Do the same for your kitchen tools, shoes, furniture, curtains, accessories, whatever you need it’s out there but keep within budget. If it means you have to save up for it, then do so. It’s really not hard to save money, it just takes some (mental) super powers!

And don’t forget to create a mindful space – where you can do whatever you feel like doing.

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Create the perfect circumstances to work from home

Don’t you just love working from home? I didn’t at first, because me working at home wasn’t that productive…So when I was watching Netflix on the couch again with my laptop next to me, I decided to search online for some tips to create the perfect circumstances to work from home. I found some things that may be helpful for all of you

Tips for working from home

  • Make a schedule; and stick to it. For example, start every morning at 09.00. It also helps to take some time every night, to think about what you want to accomplish the next day.
  • Plan some short breaks. During the breaks you can do one of our ‘30 day challenges’, the dishes or just chill on the couch and go trough your social media feeds.
  • Create inspiring goals for yourself. That way you really want to get started, and you’ll be motivating yourself.
  • Getting overwhelmed by your workload? Split big projects into smaller pieces, and start with a small item. If you complete one item at a time you keep a good overview of things.
  • Set your phone to silent mode and check it every hour or so. It’s a major distraction if it keeps bleeping all the time. You don’t have to anwer every Whatsapp or e-mail within a minute. People can wait, you know.
  • Make sure there is enough fresh air, so your brain can do it’s job. If you’re working in an environment without any fresh air, your brain can’t function optimally.
  • Make sure your work space is clutter-free; a clutter-free environment provides serenity and helps you to concentrate better on the job.
  • Go somewhere else, to a nice coffeehouse or a library, depending on how much noise you can handle. It’s good to change your scenery every once in a while.

Advantages of working from home

  • You can plan your activities anyway you want. If you want to start working at 2 pm you can, although I wouldn’t recommend it… Don’t get me wrong I love to sleep in, but by the time you’re showered and dressed half the day is already over. Plus, most people are not as productive in the evening as during the day. Of course there are exceptions to this rule! 🙂
  • You won’t be wasting time with travelling to the office. No traffic jams, no delayed trains… So maybe you’ll even finish earlier because you’ve got some extra time.
  • In your own environment it’s easier to concentrate, with no colleagues to distract you. And no noise of people walking around and talking on the phone.
  • You are in your home environment, therefore you can relax more and work as comfortably as possible.

So, I applied the tips when I was writing this article, I had it done in no time 🙂 Do you ever work from home? What do you do to create the best working circumstances?

I’m on a roll now so I’m going to write my next article ;)! Follow me on Instagram if you’d like and read all about my experiences being a Fit Girl in progress.

Love,

Lisanne