When life's feeling a little messy, having a well-organised home is the first step to success. A space that's equal parts stylish and ordered is about more than just impressing guests; good storage and clutter-free surfaces will create a sense of serenity and flow.
To become a master of organisation – and to make the best use of your available storage – channel your inner Marie Kondo, whose celebrated KonMari method can help transform chaotic homes. KonMari consultant Gemma Quinn (shares her tidy-up tips for a home that helps you live your best life.
Gemma describes the KonMari method as a future-focused positive tool used to tidy, declutter and organise. It guides you to make decisions on what to keep and what to let go of, based on your personal values and beliefs, and what brings you joy.
To begin your journey of decluttering and organisation, first commit to improving the way your life functions and flows. Gemma suggests visualising or creating a Pinterest board of your ideal life and what you want to achieve. This allows you to keep your eye on that goal when faced with the difficult decision of what to keep.
After committing to the process, the KonMari method suggests tackling your possessions in this order:
- Komono (things)
- Sentimental items
Split each of these into sub-categories and work from easiest to hardest; this makes your task of organisation more manageable. Sticking to the order will allow you to refine your skills in selecting what truly improves your life, preparing you to deal with the more functional and sentimental items next.
Find three items that spark genuine joy to use as a guide when you find yourself struggling to decide on the value of a possession. Gemma says when considering, you need to be honest with yourself – don't think about how much it cost, who bought it for you and what obligations might be associated with it. “Find a charity that's close to your heart. This will allow you to let go of things because you know you're helping people,” she says.
An awkward understair area can become a practical and pleasant study nook with clever shelving, attractive storage, work-appropriate lighting and a benchtop desk. “Storing vertically makes the best use of space as it contains the items, making for efficient organisation. If done properly, you can use 90 per cent of your storage space” - Gemma Quinn KonMari consultant.
Ensure you're able to pull out any item without disturbing others. A storage system that is easily accessible and provides a designated home for each item will encourage continued organisational habits. “Work out what makes you happy, be honest with yourself and give everything a home” - Gemma Quinn KonMari consultant.
Set aside a peaceful spot in your bedroom for journal or letter writing. Having a designated place for the laptop and paperwork keeps other areas of the home purely for relaxation. “Storing objects in a consistent and beautiful manner eliminates visual noise and allows you to focus on your goals,” says Gemma. House possessions in boxes and baskets for easy access – store lighter boxes on your top shelves.
‘S' hooks, hanging pots and pretty plants can turn a clothes rack into a vertical garden. Small homes can still be filled with greenery – hanging baskets are perfect for filling vertical spaces.
Even practical rooms such as laundries benefit from a touch of tranquillity! Open shelving keeps often used items to hand.
Put all foods of the same type together, shelf by shelf, with the items you use most closest to hand. Use containers in just a few colours for a cohesive look.
We've got plenty more storage ideas and projects to help you get your home organised.
Photo credit: Cath Muscat