10 Steps To A Tidy Home
WellBeing|Issue 194
Whether you’re a Marie Kondo wannabe or a chronic mess maker, cultivating daily habits is the key to a healthier home and happier you. We share our 10 steps to a tidy home.
Jessica Bellef

Exercise-induced sweat, nutritious food and some daily maintenance are the ingredients of prime physical fitness. When you look after yourself, you are rewarded with the sense that you are performing to your full potential. Your home’s ability to function effectively is also dependent on conscious upkeep and a handful of good habits. A house that is cared for will run like a well-oiled machine, allowing its inhabitants to feel secure, happy and relaxed.

Making any lifestyle change can be a challenge, but if you feel overwhelmed by the clutter and grime in your home, it’s probably time to reassess your routines and tighten your approach to housekeeping.

Kirsty Farrugia is a professional organiser and the co-founder of The Art of Decluttering, a home organisation business that works closely with National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants. “Our passion is pointing people toward intentionalism and helping them become intentional with their time, money, space and mental health,” she says. While the processes of decluttering, cleaning and organising spaces are key to creating an intentional home, developing an overarching goal is the first step to making efficient and long-lasting changes. “Ask yourself what your vision is for your home and life. Do you want more time for self-care or family togetherness? Define your goals and design your home life in a way that helps you achieve this,” says Farrugia.

Everyone deserves to live in a welcoming and fully functioning home, and it’s possible to achieve this without spending a disproportionate amount of time cleaning and tidying up. What’s the trick? Look to those in the fitness industry, who know that physical fitness is achieved in incremental gains. Whether the goal is to lose weight, build muscle or breathe easier after a run, all health professionals will say the same thing: small wins motivate you to keep striving.

You are more likely to reach your target if it’s broken down into small, short-term mini-goals that are specific and consistent. Training for a marathon doesn’t involve a 42-kilometre jog on day one. A clearly defined end point will give you something to work towards, but breaking the journey down into manageable parts is the key to getting there.

While visions of a sparkling home may be far removed from your current reality, tackling small cleaning and organising jobs can help start the process while alleviating the feeling of overwhelm. Where should you start? Farrugia offers a simple piece of advice: “Start with what your eyes or feet land on first. Make them land on one thing. You can’t start with the whole house.”

Whether you begin by sorting the pile of papers on the dining table or the jumble of shoes at the front door, triggering an “I can do this” mindset is an essential first step. The more you achieve, the more motivated you will become.

Just as following a daily exercise and nutrition plan improves fitness levels in the long term, regular sorting and cleaning is the best way to maintain a functioning home. Achieve your home cleanliness goals by making small behavioural changes and incorporating good habits into your day. As they say in the fitness sector, “Fit is not just a destination. It’s a way of life.”

Start with these 10 habits for a healthy, happy home.

1 Don’t put it down, put it away

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