This month’s blog is a little later than normal. I usually like to get them online on the first day of every month but I have been very busy lately, not least because we have a new arrival in the house in the shape of a black Labrador puppy. The arrival of a new pet in a household can make anyone rethink the outlook of their home – shelves may suddenly seem too low, exposed wires become tempting chew toys and items you may have just left around before suddenly find themselves ripped apart in the dog basket. Having said that, it can never hurt to have another look at how your home is setup, regardless of whether or not you are getting a new dog.
Whether you’re at home or work, reorganisation can not only help you work more effectively and efficiently but it can also help make everything a little easier for you. It doesn’t always have to be a big change either – I’m not necessarily talking about rearranging or redecorating a complete bedroom. You can literally just start by tidying a drawer and, more often than not, you’d be amazed how things progress from there.
For example, I’ve previously written about the infamous ‘man-drawer’ where all sorts of odds and ends are stored – if you can get that drawer sorted into a state where you know where everything is and all of your little items are in easy reach, then why not apply the same approach elsewhere? It could be that you need to rearrange your medicine cabinet, maybe some items need to be moved on a shelf to look less cluttered or maybe those hats and scarves that you leave by the door could easily be popped into a nearby drawer and, let’s face it, the unfortunate reality is now that we’re officially into Autumn so those warmer clothes are going to be needed soon as the weather gets colder and the nights close in.
One thing that we have had to do is replace our shoe storage – the reason being that we didn’t want the teeth of a curious puppy chewing on our favourite pairs of shoes. Not only is the new cupboard a simple solution to keep the shoes hidden away, it has also provided extra drawer space to keep extra items such as dog leads and chew toys (not to mention the all important poo bags!)
Speaking of Autumn, it is also a great time to tidy up around the home. The tradition is, of course, to take part in an annual ‘Spring-clean’ but there is no reason at all why decluttering has to be seasonal. Organisation and sorting should be something that you are able to incorporate in to your routines and, quite frankly, is a lot easier to keep on top of if you’re able to do it little-and-often. You may also want to consider some other simple techniques to save time and create space, and you don’t have to break the bank to do it – for example, a few hooks on the inside of a wardrobe could be used to hang up all sorts of items. You may be able to hang up your hairdryer on the back of the door and then use the shelf that it was previously sitting on to store extra items (one great suggestion for this would be to designate the shelf to clothes that you are wearing but that are not yet ready to be washed – a vast improvement from just throwing the clothes over a chair, and it will also allow the chair to be used for its intended purpose too!)
If you feel that you want to make a fresh start but feel that you need some support or guidance then don’t hesitate to get in touch so that I can use my knowledge and experience to help you make the most of your living space. In the meantime, I wish you luck with any decluttering you can do (and wish us luck with our new puppy!)
Declutter. Organise. Sort.