Since debuting on Netflix, “The Home Edit” and “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” has taken the world by storm. Thanks to the shows, people are embracing different methods to declutter and organize their homes. While many of us are spending more time at home (or serviced apartments for some of us in Hong Kong) in a COVID impacted world, it’s important to keep our homes tidy to reduce stress and improve happiness. Here are some simple ways to help you declutter your home to help you make the most of your downtime at home.
LESS IS MORE
- Start small – like a chest of drawers or your bedside table. Pull everything out and group everything. Once you see it all grouped, ask yourself some questions to decide what to keep: Is it expired? Do I like it? Am I going to use this?
- Suppose you’re renting a fully furnished serviced coliving unit like Dash Coliving Argyle. In that case, your rent includes all your essential items, such as kitchen utensils, so focus on decluttering personal belongings that no longer spark joy.
Tip: Don’t start with the pantry. It’s the hardest to organize with various shapes and sizes of items.
Box It Up
- Make a list of categories like clothes, sentimental items, and other bits and bobs. Then tackle one at a time to keep the task from feeling overwhelming.
- Label them, and create an inventory. Believe it or not, labeling your items can be a real game-changer. Having labels means you can find what you need at a glance. A simple roll of masking tape and permanent marker can make a quick label in a pinch.
- Pick the right products to help you organize your items from cardboard boxes to little boxes to plastic containers depending on the purpose.
Create a Space For You
Clearing the clutter means you give yourself more space in your home. As a result, you have more time for what matters most to you. It could be spending more time with your neighbors if you live in a coliving space.
Instead of wishing you had a bigger home, owning less may make you realize you don’t need a bigger home, just less stuff in it!
Storing With Boxful
So you’ve decluttered your home and realized you’re unsure where to store your snowboarding gear, then self-storage is a sensible option. It’s ideal for people who don’t need their items everyday but nonetheless, wouldn’t want to lose entirely.