We’re all spending more time at home, so here’s how to make your environment as comfortable and clear as possible
Spring cleaning is a ritual for many of us at this time of year, but in 2020 it feels even more important. After all, the spread of COVID-19 means that we’re all staying at home as much as possible, so it makes sense that we should be taking the time to look after our surroundings.
But even so, it’s all too easy for us to get bogged down in sentimentality and laziness when it comes to organising our homes for the months ahead.
That’s why we’re here with some of the things we all need to hear when it comes to spring cleaning. These unavoidable truths will help power you through the process of spring cleaning your home, giving you a more comfortable and attractive home environment to enjoy over the coming weeks and months.
We often feel bad for not liking something we’re gifted, and the idea of getting rid of it can seem cruel. But when the alternative is displaying something you aren’t happy with in your home forever, you need to be tough about it. Don’t allow items you don’t like to taint your experience in your own home.
We’ve all been guilty of holding onto an item just because it’s a “perfectly good” version of what it’s supposed to be. But that doesn’t mean you like it or are ever likely to use it. If you come across items you haven’t used in two, six or twelve months while spring cleaning, you probably don’t need to keep it.
Your home is just that: a home, not a storage unit. You need to remember that the primary function of your home is to provide a pleasant and comfortable living space, and that means getting rid of the stuff you don’t want or need.
By holding onto items you aren’t passionate about, you’re allowing the pieces you really do like to get lost in the crowd. One of the reasons why people say ‘less is more’ is because a clearer space lets the items that are on display to really shine.
Holding onto items you don’t like doesn’t just mean you have to keep it – it also means you have to clean it, move it, store it and organise it. Get rid of it now to save yourself precious time and effort later.
Your attention is being divided by all the items you have in your home, so naturally the more items you have, the less attention you’re giving to each individual thing. This is especially true when it comes to items like clothes. Some of your favourite pieces could have been hanging in your wardrobe for months because you’ve been distracted by items you actually like less.
It’s easy to form some kind of bond of duty with things we’ve had for years. Our minds naturally reject the idea of getting rid of it with ”but I’ve had it for years!”
This might be true, but question how many times in all those years you’ve actually used or enjoyed that item. If the answer is low, chances are you won’t miss it.
You aren’t giving up something for nothing when you declutter your home. You’re also gaining something, and what you’re gaining is space. Space means possibility for new décor, new layouts and new favourite pieces.
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