Simplify your life week is the perfect time to get organised and streamline your life. Having loads of clutter in your home, and in your mind, can lead to lots of unnecessary stress. So get motivated and follow these tips for a simpler, more relaxed life. You can thank us later!
- Have a big clear out and declutter of your home. Use the throw, keep relocate and donate method to sort out your things
- Having a home for everything will reduce the clutter in your home and make it easier to find things
- Create an entrance hall space for everyday essentials that you need to grab before you leave the house
- Clear shelves and surfaces of any items you don’t use regularly and store them elsewhere
- Have only the essentials in your bathroom to avoid having bottles all around the bath
- Shrink your wardrobe down; if you haven’t worn something in six months (except seasonal clothes or occasion wear) donate it!
- Create a streamlined filing system for all your important documents so you can locate what you need easily
- Use draw dividers to separate your things, it’ll keep everything tidy, in place and easy to grab
- Keep décor minimal – you can have decorations and sentimental pieces, but don’t over clutter, create a relaxing space where everything flows
- Plan the night before so you’re not rushing in the morning: sort your bag, lay out your outfit, prepare food, anything to streamline your morning routine
- Cooking in bulk and meal prepping will give you loads more time in the week and your meals will be all ready for you
- There’s nothing worse than forgetting something important you needed to do, so keep an up-to-date to do list on your phone
- Stop buying things you don’t need! It’ll help you save money and clutter. Wait a while before you by something instead of making impulse purchases
- Create a budget – work out your all of your outgoings for the month to see how much you have left over to play with. Read our previous blog for more on budgeting and saving
- Don’t bring work home, it will only create stress that you don’t need when trying to relax at home and take the time off you need
- Learn that it’s ok to say no sometimes; overwhelming yourself with too many things and trying to please everyone isn’t healthy
- Multi-tasking may seem productive, but you’re more likely to not do the jobs properly; just take one thing at a time and give it your full attention
- If you’re like us, you’ll get annoyed with the hundreds of emails you get every day, most of them you don’t even read! Unsubscribe to everything that’s not of use
- Social networking has taken over our lives and can be a cause of stress; have regular breaks from it and gradually limit your time on it; sounds hard but you’ll feel much better for it!
- Have some alone time every week, and take a bit of time for yourself every day to relax and do something you enjoy!
There are many things in life that can cause you stress, but your home shouldn’t be one of them! So for National Stress Awareness Month, we give you our top tips on how to make your home stress free.
A cluttered home is bound to make you feel stressed; just a bit of organisation in your life will clear both your home and mind.
- Use baskets for everything! Just chuck your stuff in; they’re the easiest way to organise your belongings and keep them out of the way
- Another way to use baskets is to have two placed on your counter- one for items that require immediate attention, and the other for lower priority tasks
- Draw dividers are a life saver; you can either buy them or make your own from shoe boxes
- No need to go out and buy fancy containers, used cleaned out jam jars as cute bathroom organisers
- Place catch all dishes around your home for small things like earrings, hair grips and keys so they don’t end up cluttering every surface (and getting lost)
- Keep your bed sheet sets together by folding everything into just one of the pillowcases
- Does having wires and cords everywhere do your head in? Decorate loo rolls for a cheap way to keep them all together
- Every girl knows that bobby pins disappear like magic, use a magnetic strip and never lose them again!
- Need a way to store your scarves or ties? Attach plastic shower hooks to a clothes hanger and you’ve got a makeshift tie/scarf rack!
- Use plastic bathroom/makeup and desk organisers, shower caddies, over-the-door shoe racks. You can make these items multitask too: use a shoe rack for cleaning or beauty products (don’t mix these up!), put a plastic desk organiser in your fridge to keep your food organised, the list is endless
Having a small home can be stressful as it feels like you don’t have room for everything; these small but super clever space saving tricks will help utilise your space better, and reduce clutter and stress.
- Opt for multi-purpose furniture with hidden storage such as beds with drawers underneath and hollow ottomans
- Fold up furniture is also great- you can buy fold up clothes drying racks and even fold up tables that attach to your wall
- Don’t have enough room for a coffee table? Buy or make a skinny coffee table to go behind your sofa or a wooden couch arm wrap
- Some smaller apartments don’t come with a proper dining area, create your own with a slim console dining table pushed against the back of your sofa
- Have any narrow spaces in your kitchen? A thin pull-out cabinet creates extra storage and utilise any awkward spaces
- Utilise unused spaces with corner and ceiling shelves which provide extra storage but don’t take up any room
- Does your bathroom not have a cabinet or shelves? By an over-the-tap shelf for all your bathroom essentials
- Transform a letter shelf into a charging station to keep all your chargers out of the way
- Buying a shower curtain with pockets means you won’t have loads of bottles around your bath!
The way you decorate your home can have a big impact on your mood; use calming items and colours to create a relaxing atmosphere.
- Indoor plants bring nature into your home, purify the air and generally look nice
- Mood lighting such as dimmer switches and fairy lights creates a relaxed vibe
- Make your home super cosy with cushions, rugs and blankets
- Decorate your home with nature-inspired pieces such as wood and natural textures
- Put up art work, photos and meaningful trinkets to add personality and make you feel happy
- Crystals and geodes are said to have a calming effect, even if they don’t, they make your home look pretty
- Ensure your home is clutter free! Decorations are great but don’t go over board
- Let in plenty of natural light wherever possible
- Create a heavenly, relaxing scent in your home with essential oil diffusers
- The colour of your walls has a huge impact on the way you feel, the best colours for each room are: blue for bedrooms is calming, an earthy coloured bathroom promotes nature, green for your lounge is refreshing, paint a study purple to inspire creativity, then yellow for your kitchen/diner to create a happy and sunny atmosphere