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5 Storage and Decluttering Tips for Small Homes and Apartments

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Living in a small apartment doesn’t mean you need to tolerate clutter.

From London to Tokyo, the combination of high rents and limited space in many of the world’s biggest cities mean many residents have to make do with an apartment that’s less than spacious.

If you live in a dense city and don’t have much space at home for furniture, storage items and other possessions, it’s easy to let your home become cluttered due to the shortage of space.

Luckily, it’s surprisingly easy to get your clutter under control, even if your home is short on space. Try these five storage and decluttering tips to take control of clutter and transform your cosy home or apartment into a comfortable place to live.

Store items under and above your furniture

More than 1.6 million people live in Manhattan – a small island with a total area of less than 34 square miles. This extreme urban density is possible because the city’s planners didn’t expand across ground, but above and below it.

Take the Manhattan approach to storage and store possessions above and below your furniture. Use shelving to store items vertically or under-bed storage boxes that slide in and out to pack shoes, coats and other bulky items into free space.

Use vacuum storage to downsize your closet

Is your closet full of bulky items of clothing that take up valuable space? It’s easy to free up space in your closet that can be used to store this season’s outfits by keeping your unused clothes in vacuum storage bags.

Vacuum storage is simple – just pack your unused clothing into bags, then use your electric vacuum cleaner to remove the excess air. With the air removed, your extra clothes are folded, packed and squeezed into a far smaller amount of space.

Choose furniture with built-in storage

The key to effective storage for small apartments and homes is using dual purpose furniture. From beds with built-in storage spaces to ottomans with hidden storage compartments, many furniture items include hidden storage spaces.

Instead of prioritising looks when you shop for furniture, choose sofas, ottomans and beds that are designed for optimum storage. Furniture with built-in storage is ideal for saving space and simplifying your compact home’s storage needs.

Take a minimalist approach to shopping

Are you a shopaholic? The key to living comfortably in a small space is knowing the importance of shopping for what you need, not what you want. Take a minimalistic approach to shopping and you’ll find it easier to store all of your possessions.

Here’s a great way to get over a shopping addiction, if you have one: ask yourself if you really need an item when you see it. Then, wait a week to confirm you really do need it before you make the decision to buy it.

Use baskets for lightweight, portable storage

Baskets are the ultimate home storage items. They’re light, easy to move around the home and perfect for storing everything from your favourite clothes to linens, DVDs, books, children’s toys and more.

If you need a storage option that you can take from one room to another with ease, add a couple of wicker baskets to your home. From the bathroom to the kitchen, a wicker basket or two can make organising your home much easier.

5 Signs You’re Becoming a Hoarder, and Our Tips to Stop it Happening

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Is clutter taking over your home? If so, you could be a hoarder.

Is clutter taking over your home? If so, you might be becoming a hoarder.

Do you hold onto items long after they’ve stopped being useful? From old clothes to accessories, antiques and furniture, some people fill their living space with clutter of all different types and varieties.

It’s called hoarding, and it’s a real medical condition. Hoarders can’t stand to give up their possessions and fill their homes with anything they feel is worth collecting and storing.

Hoarding can lead to clutter, serious clutter. In this post, we’ll share give signs that you might be becoming a hoarder, as well as some simple tips to ensure you don’t let your home become cluttered with old and unused items.

You keep items long after they’ve stopped being useful

Do you keep magazines for months after they’ve become irrelevant? A common sign of hoarding disorder is holding onto items that have no purpose or value just so you still have them.

If your coffee table is getting covered in old magazines and newspapers, pack them all up at once and dispose of them in one fell swoop. Every time you receive the next month’s issue, use the opportunity to dispose of last month’s copy.

You feel a certain attachment to everyday home items

It’s perfectly normal to feel an emotional attachment to a treasured family heirloom or your favourite children’s toy. It’s not, however, normal to feel an attachment to a napkin or an old pair of socks.

If you feel emotionally attached to items that have no real use or value, you might be a hoarder. Detach yourself from items by recognising that they’re not that important to you and that your life is just as full, interesting and fun without them.

Your obsession with clutter gets in the way of life

Have you missed appointments because you were too busy storing items inside your closet or chest of drawers? Not all hoarders are untidy – in fact, a lot of hoarders are obsessed with organising their collection of semi-useful items.

If you spend so much time hoarding and organising items that it’s getting in the way of your social life, there’s a good chance you have a hoarding disorder. Take a break and let life’s most important priorities go ahead of organising your shoe collection.

You constantly buy (or take) unnecessary, worthless items

Do you really need to take home unused napkins after your meal? Many hoarders are always on the lookout for free things to take home with them and store in case the day they’re required finally arrives.

From ketchup packets to free napkins, hoarders’ homes are often full of worthless free items. Avoid turning your home into a hoarder’s closet by asking yourself if it’s really worth taking something home just because it’s available for free.

Sections of your home are becoming inaccessible due to clutter

Is your desk so covered in documents, magazines and catalogues that it’s impossible to work on? Is your living room so full of trinkets and accessories that you can’t even sit down to watch TV?

When hoarding stops you from accessing or using parts of your home, it’s the right time to start decluttering. Sort your office documents into filing boxes and use a mix of plastic storage boxes and baskets to organise your living room and bedroom clutter.

Clutter, Clean and Then What?

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Is your home becoming a little too cluttered? Donate old items to free up space.

Is your home becoming a little too cluttered? Donate old items to free up space and help other people.

Decluttering your home is a fantastic way to free up storage space, rid your mind of mental clutter and create a more comfortable living environment. It also brings up a difficult question: What should you do with all your rarely-used possessions?

From old furniture that’s spent years sitting in your garage to clothing that’s rarely, if ever, worn, what should you do with belongings that are rarely used but take up valuable space and create clutter in your home?

It’s easy to take a wasteful approach and throw away rarely-used items, but doing so often isn’t the best way to clear away your clutter. From donating them to charity to giving them away to family members, there are lots of ways to get rid of clutter.

In this post, we’ll share three ways that you can get rid of old, rarely-used items that contribute to your home’s clutter without just throwing them away.

Donate old clothes, furniture and toys to charity

Are old clothes cluttering your wardrobe? Old, rarely worn clothing can take up a huge amount of space in your closet, forcing clothing-related clutter to spread into your bedroom.

This is especially true with bulky winter items like jackets, coats and snow gear. A single jacket can often take up as much space as four of five outfits, contributing to your home’s clutter level.

Instead of throwing away old clothing, donate it to charity to help people that need comfortable clothing. An old jacket might not be worth much to you, but it could be exactly what someone else needs to enjoy a warmer, more comfortable winter.

A variety of charities accept clothing donations. Some of the best options include the Red Cross, which sells donations in its charity shop, and Oxfam, which sells donated clothing at a discounted price to fund its international poverty-fighting efforts.

Give away items to friends and family members

Giving away old clothing to charities is a great way to assist them in raising funds and helping the less fortunate. If you have a friend or family member that needs an item you no longer require, you can also give it away to them directly.

Donating items to friends and family members is a great way to provide support and show that you care. From students in need of furniture for their flat to close friends going through tough times, there’s always someone in need of a helping hand.

An old sofa or armchair that’s cluttering up your living room can be hugely valuable for a student in need of furniture. Before you donate to charity, think about whether you could help friends or family members by giving your clutter away to them.

List items for sale on eBay or in your local newspaper

From electronic gadgets to coats and shoes, items that you own by rarely use could be worth more than you think. A great way to get rid of clutter is by selling old items on eBay or in your local newspaper.

TVs, antiques, clothing and other items can fetch a surprising amount when sold en masse online. Getting rid of old clutter through an eBay auction is an excellent way to raise a little bit of extra income while freeing up your home’s storage space.

This tactics can be combined with others. For example, you could list your valuable items for sale on eBay while donating less valuable but still useful items to charity, letting you raise funds and help the less fortunate at the same time.

8 Reasons to Have a Clean and Tidy Home

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A clean and tidy home often means a clean, tidy and more creative mind.

A clean and tidy home often means a clean, tidy and more creative mind.

Is your home starting to become a little bit too cluttered? While a bit of clutter here and there can add character to your home, too much can have a serious effect on an incredible number of things, fro your productivity to your mental health.

We’re serious – while having a messy and cluttered home has numerous downsides, having a clean and tidy home has nothing but upsides. From earning more at work to feeling better at home, being neat and tidy has a multitude of benefits.

In this post, we’ve catalogued eight of our favourite reasons to keep your home neat, clean and tidy. From health to child safety, read on to learn why cleanliness should always be a priority in your home.

It just looks and feels better

Does anything look and feel as good as a clean, tidy and organised home? From the perfect spotless living room to an elegant shoe storage solution, there isn’t anything quite like the feeling of a perfectly fresh, clean and organised home.

Hosting guests is a breeze

Are you afraid to host guests because your home is too messy? When you make it a habit to clean up and organise your home frequently, there’s never any pre-dinner party rush to clean up your home and make it more presentable to guests.

It makes you more productive

Seriously – being clean and tidy makes you more productive at work. Studies show that people who live and work in clean environments tend to be more focused and productive at work, letting them generate better results and earn more money.

It’s better for your mental health

Not only does a clean and tidy living environment make your mind more focused; it also makes it mentally healthier. Cleaning your home, along with other home tasks, can improve your mental health and prevent depression, according to a 2008 study.

It’s safer, especially for children

From children’s toys to electrical cables, a cluttered home includes lots of things for you – and more likely, your children – to trip and fall on. Keeping your home clean and tidy not only makes it healthier – it also makes it a lot safer to live in.

It frees you to be more creative

When you don’t need to worry about cleaning up, your mind is free to focus on any other topic you’re interested in. Spend more time at work or rediscover the hidden creative side of your personality – the tidier your home, the tidier your mind.

It stops dust and mould forming

When you forget to sweep and vacuum, dust can collect in your home and make its way into your body’s airway, leading to colds and coughs. Likewise, failing to clean dark or damp closets can lead to dangerous, illness-inducing mould forming.

It lets you sit back and relax

Instead of arriving home from work and worrying about cleaning up, a clean and tidy house lets you arrive home and put your feet up. Sit back and relax knowing your home is already clean and organised instead of stressing every weeknight.

7 Questions to Ask Yourself While You Declutter

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Can’t decide what to keep? Ask yourself these seven questions to make decluttering easier.

Can’t decide what to keep? Ask yourself these seven questions to make decluttering easier.

Decluttering is tough, especially if your home’s closets and storage spaces are full of items you like but rarely use. From old gifts to impulse buys, possessions can add up over time and be surprisingly difficult to dispose of.

From simple tricks to remind you of how infrequently you use an item to questions that will motivate you to give to the less fortunate, read on to learn seven questions to ask yourself next time you declutter.

Am I keeping this out of obligation?

Do you have old gifts that are rarely, if ever used today? A lot of the items in your closet or storage room could be there due to obligation rather than real necessity.

If you’re holding onto an item out of a sense of obligation, ask yourself if you really need it. Old gifts and unused items can be donated or disposed of to free up space for more important items.

Why do I have two of the same thing?

Do you have two hairdryers? What about two desk lamps? Home items can double up over time, especially if you make a habit out of buying sale items for their value or the discount on offer.

If you have two of something, decide which one you prefer and commit to keeping it instead of both. Old home appliances, clothes and other items can be donated to the less fortunate or disposed of.

How often do I really use this item?

How often do you use that chess set? What about the juicer that sits on your kitchen counter unused? Unused items take up valuable space that’s far better spent on your most important items; if something’s rarely used, donate it or put it on eBay.

If I were shopping, would I buy this?

Here’s a great way to declutter and rid your home of items you rarely use: pretend you’re walking through a department store and that everything in your closet is in your shopping trolley.

Knowing that you’re facing a bill for everything in your trolley, how many of your own possessions would you return to the shelf? Take an objective approach to the items you own and dispose of things you wouldn’t buy right now.

Could I use this space for something else?

Space is valuable, especially if you live in a large city. Instead of letting clutter add up and accumulate, take a hands-on approach to decluttering your home and ask yourself if your storage space could be better used for something else.

Is this broken item really worth fixing?

Have you discovered old, broken items deep in your closet? From old TVs to your favourite old pair of boots, broken items are easy to store but often difficult to get rid of.

When you discover a broken item that you haven’t repaired in years, ask yourself if it’s truly worth repairing. If not, it’s often a better idea to donate the item or dispose of it than to let it clutter up your closet or garage.

Would I keep this if I was moving house?

During your monthly decluttering session, ask yourself a simple question to see if an item is truly worth keeping: Would you wrap it, box it and pack it if you were about to move house?

When you move, you’re forced to declutter to a massive extent. Ask yourself this one every time you run into an item you know it’s time to throw away and you’ll enjoy a cleaner, less cluttered home in minutes a month.

A tidy desk equals a tidy mind

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Keep your desk tidy and you'll feel more focused and productive.

Keep your desk tidy and you’ll feel more focused and productive.

Have you ever noticed yourself becoming less organised as your desk becomes more and more cluttered? A messy desktop, whether it’s physical or digital, can result in a serious decline in our productivity, mental alertness and organisation.

While it can often seem impossible to keep your desk organised, decluttering can be surprisingly simple when you turn it into a habit. In this post, we’ll share six simple tips that you can use to keep your desk, and your mind, tidy and organised.

Write down your daily to-do list

How do you keep track of your daily activities? Online calendars and to-do list apps are useful, but nothing beats the simplicity and permanence of keeping a written to-do list of your most important daily tasks and goals.

Write down your goals for the day on a piece of letter paper and keep it on the top of your desk while you work. Stick to a maximum of five goals and cross each one off as you achieve it. After a few days, you’ll notice a huge different in your productivity.

Have a physical message inbox

Who says your inbox needs to be purely digital? If you’re addicted to email (many of us are) an excellent way to manage your email overload is by printing messages and storing them in a physical inbox on your desk.

Your desktop inbox can double as an incoming tasks list, letting you keep track of all the important documents you receive each day. Dedicate 15-20 minutes daily to the inbox and manage your documents in a batch, preventing clutter from accumulating.

Take five minutes daily to declutter

Does your desk seem to accumulate clutter all on its own? Even the most organised professionals will find memos, letters and other items cluttering their desk, often on a daily basis.

Take five minutes to declutter and organise your desk, preferably at the end of every work day. You’ll be surprised at how little time is required to change your desk from cluttered and disorganised to clean and ready for work.

Scan papers to keep your desk tidy

Got memos? How about contracts? Instead of letting documents pile up on top of your desk, scan them and store them digitally. For important documents, file the original in a filing cabinet and use your digital copy for references.

Digitising your documents is a great way to prevent the clutter that’s endemic to a majority of modern offices. If you receive a lot of documents, dedicate 15 minutes a day to digitising and you’ll never have to worry about misplaced items again.

Plan for tomorrow the day before

Here’s a great way to make yourself more productive: write tomorrow’s to-do list at the end of today’s workday. This way, you’ll arrive at work with your goals and tasks already listed for the day, letting you get straight down to work.

As well as making you more productive, working out tomorrow’s goals before you leave the office has a psychological effect. Instead of taking your work back to your home with you, you keep work-related planning at the office, letting you relax.

Clean your desktop every evening

At the end of each workday, set a simple but strict rule for yourself: no paper on top of your desk. When you stand up to leave the office, make sure everything you kept on top of your desk is filed away, scanned, sorted or in the rubbish bin.

Clutter accumulates over time, often without you noticing. Over the course of a week or two, your desk can go from clutter-free to absolutely covered. Decluttering at the end of each workday forces you to be accountable and to keep your desk tidy.

Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication

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october-22Who says your life needs to be complicated? Leonardo da Vinci, a man responsible for some of history’s greatest works of art, important mathematical discoveries and important societal progress, summed up life in a simple, eloquent statement: “Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.”

From simplicity in your personal and professional life to simplicity at home, in this blog post, we’ll take a look at how simplifying your life and surroundings can make you happier, more focused, more productive and more successful.

The cost of living simply

Do you really need it? Look around your living room, bedroom or office. How many of the things that you own do you really use? From clothing that rarely gets worn to expensive gadgets that never get used, how much of what you own do you need?

Many of history’s greatest figures have lived simple lives, often for a good reason: if your life is simple, it costs significantly less. By consuming less, you’ll spend far less of your income and have more to spend on what you’re truly passionate about.

You’ll be surprised how inexpensive life can become when you discard the notion of ‘needing’ everything you see. Take a minimalistic approach to buying new things for your home and you’ll be surprised at how much you end up saving.

We’ve covered this before in our article on reusing laundry baskets. By using one of your home items for a variety of things – in this case, a laundry basket – you can cut down your living expenses and avoid spending more than you need to.

There’s a second cost to spending a lot – one that isn’t financial. When you purchase new things every day and go out of your way to consume, you also contribute to the degradation of the environment.

From avoiding new things to prevent wasting packaging materials to selling your car and using public transportation, simplifying your life often means doing a great thing for the environment.

The focus of living simply

“Simple can be harder than complex: you have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” – Steve Jobs

There’s far more to living simply than just discarding unnecessary items. One of the most important principles of living simply is that you should also discard all of your unnecessary thoughts and distractions.

Living simply means avoiding the stresses and frustrations of everyday life in order to remain focused. When your goals and ambitions are simple (not small, but clearly defined and simple) it becomes far easier to stay focused on achieving them.

Many of the world’s happiest, most successful people applied the strategy of simple, clear focus to their lives. Simplify your professional schedule by reducing the total number of appointments you set each day, or cut items off your to-do list.

In the end, by focusing on less, you end up achieving more. Spreading your attention wide opens you up to all the distractions and stresses of the world, while remaining highly focused lets you specialise and achieve your personal and professional goals.

Could your life be simpler?

There are many benefits to being a minimalist. From avoiding stress and frustration to reducing your living expenses, the benefits of owning less are numerous – in fact, one of them is that you appreciate what you do have far more.

If you’re feeling stressed, overworked or need a way to reduce your spending and get back on the right track financially, ask yourself one simple question: “How could I make my life simpler?”

15 Home Accessories You Won’t Be Able to Live Without

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Did you know that inside your home there are items and accessories that you rarely think of but can’t live without? From shoe racks to shower caddies, certain home accessories are easy to forget, but when you do forget them, it’s a big problem.

In this blog post, we’ll list 15 easily forgotten but totally essential home accessories that you truly can’t afford to live without.

Shoe rack

From dirty carpets to crumpled shoes, nothing makes your home and your footwear look worse than an entranceway without a shoe rack. Good shoe storage is essential for a tidy home and great looking shoes.

Storage hooks

From bath towels to coats, belts and bags to gowns and backpacks, storage hooks let you hang almost anything out of the way. If you struggle with an overfull closet, just a few hooks is all it takes to make everything organised again.

Remote organiser

From your TV to your DVD player, the remotes in your living room can quickly add up and make decluttering your living space a struggle. Pick up a remote organiser to simplify your living room and never search for a remote again.

Microfiber cloths

Need to clean your TV? How about your kitchen counter? Microfiber cloths make it easy to clean up dust and dirt without scratching LCD screens, delicate surfaces or other scratch-friendly items.

Shoe storage boxes

From your favourite pair of leather loafers to your glitzy, glamorous heels, the right shoe storage boxes let you keep your favourite shoes looking and feeling their best in any situation.

Beach tote bags

Need to pack for the beach? Beach tote bags are great or storing sports clothes for your workout, packing towels and other beach items or storing your laundry loads in between washes.

Shower caddy

From shampoo and conditioner to body wash and facial cleansers, the number of bottles inside the average shower makes organising difficult. Add a shower caddy and make organising your shower accessories a breeze.

First aid boxes

Need a bandage in a hurry? A first aid box is a true essential in any home. Pack yours with bandages, antibacterial creams and sprays, common medication and other vital first aid necessities.

Laundry bags

Need to organise your dirty laundry? How about storing out-of-place items as you clean up your home? Laundry bags are useful for more than just taking care of your laundry; they’re an all-purpose accessory for keeping your home tidy.

Cutlery tray

From knives and forks to teaspoons and bottle openers, keeping track of all of your cutlery can be a challenge. Add a cutlery tray to your kitchen drawers to enjoy a life without any more missing forks or teaspoons.

Office organiser

Do you constantly seem to lose pens, scissors and other office accessories? Adding a table top organiser to your home office makes organising your office equipment far easier, helping you keep track of your must-have work accessories.

Under-bed storage

From shoes to books, storing items under your bed is a great way to free up valuable space in your bedroom and decluttering your home. Add under-bed storage boxes to make the most of your under-bed storage space.

Step ladder

Need to change a light bulb? Can’t quite reach that duvet you stored on top of your bedroom closet? Keeping a step ladder in your storage closet makes it easy to reach for items that are stored beyond your usual grasp.

Craft and hobby box

Store your favourite buttons, threads and other hobby items in style. Adding a craft and hobby box to your home storage arsenal makes organising small items that get lost easily effortlessly simple.

Stylish hat boxes

From baseball caps to stylish classics, hat boxes keep your favourite headwear at its best all year round. If you’re not a hat collector, they also double as great all-purpose storage boxes for your bedroom or living area.

Why Living an Organised Life is Easier for Everyone

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Why is good to be organised? From completing important tasks earlier to knowing where important items are, being organised has numerous advantages not just for your professional life, but for your personal life as well.

Yet despite this, becoming organised is something that many people – from young to old – put off throughout their lives. After all, when you’re not very organised, it often seems impossible to become more organised, attentive and prepared.

In this blog post, we’ll share five reasons why living a more organised life makes any person feel better. Whether you’re a student, professional, artist or adventurer, read on to discover why it’s worth becoming a more organised version of yourself.

A more organised life means less stress

Did you know that tidying up your life – whether it’s your bedroom or your personal schedule – will help you become less stressed? While the task of organising your life probably won’t reduce your stress levels, the end results will.

Why? Because when you’re neat and organised, there are far fewer surprises to give you a stressful shock. From your finances to your bookshelf, being organised means fewer shocks and surprises, which in turn means significantly less stress.

A more organised life means more free time

Do your days constantly seem to go by without much time to spare? When your life is unorganised, leisure time flies by because so much of your time is spent living by the moment on tasks and errands.

An important part of being organised is learning how to account for your time and set strict deadlines for yourself. From your work to your afternoon run, create your own schedule and stick to it to reclaim your free time and enjoy more of life.

An organised home means fewer lost possessions

Whatever happened to your favourite shirt? Where did those socks you bought last month end up? When your home is messy and full of clutter, it’s easy for important items to go missing and not turn up for months at a time.

Decluttering your home is quick and simple, and keeping it decluttered and highly organised has hundreds of benefits. The biggest, of course, is that you’ll remember where everything is and rarely lose any important items.

A more organised life means better health

When you organise your life, you free up massive amounts of time that’s otherwise spent on unimportant tasks. In addition to reducing your stress levels, this means that you have more time to focus on exercise and healthy living.

From making a salad at home instead of picking up that burger on the way home from work to spending an extra half-hour at the gym, having more free time is an excellent way to regain a focus on your health, fitness and wellbeing.

A more organised life means better relationships

When was the last time you called your aunt or uncle? How about the last time you enjoyed a leisurely day with your partner. When you’re more organised, you have far more free time to spend maintaining and developing relationships.

In addition to having extra free time, the reduced stress of being more organised is an incredible benefit for minimizing disputes and arguments. Since you’ll feel more relaxed and comfortable, everyday conflicts are far less likely to occur.

What Mary Poppins Can Teach You About Efficient Cleaning

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“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and… snap! The job’s a game! And every task you undertake becomes a piece of cake.” – Mary Poppins

In both print and film, Mary Poppins has become one of the world’s most beloved characters. The quintessential English nanny, Poppins used her magical powers to make mundane tasks like cleaning and cooking fun for the Banks children.

Luckily, you don’t need magical powers of your own to learn some great cleaning and decluttering wisdom from Mary Poppins. These five cleaning strategies apply the timeless decluttering wisdom of Ms Poppins to help you clean up efficiently.

Turn cleaning and decluttering into a fun game

Decluttering your home doesn’t need to be boring. When you turn it into a game, the otherwise mundane task of cleaning up can become a fun, exciting achievement that you enjoy doing.

Instead of cleaning up without any real goal, clean up with a friend or partner. Make it into a competition to see who can clean up a certain section of the house fastest or who’s bedroom can be tidier.

Take care of the biggest decluttering task first

Is 90% of your home’s mess located in one room? Instead of leaving the biggest job for last, clean up and declutter the messiest room in your home first. This way, all of the other rooms will seem quick and simple by comparison.

This is a great strategy for any task – not just decluttering. Make yourself finish the hardest part of the work first, and the remaining tasks will feel so short and simple that you’ll breeze through them in no time at all.

Listen to music (or sing) while you clean up

Do you find cleaning boring? Instead of listening to the buzzing of a vacuum cleaner, put on a set of headphones and listen to your favourite songs. Music makes cleaning up much more bearable, especially if you’ll need plenty of time.

There’s no need to sing like Mary Poppins, but even humming a song to yourself can be enough to make the otherwise boring task of decluttering your home a lot of fun, especially when you’ve turned it into a game or competition.

Use decluttering as an opportunity to rediscover things

In Mary Poppins, the Banks children rediscover many of their toys as they clean their bedroom with Mary Poppins. Even if you’ve outgrown children’s toys, cleaning up is a great opportunity to rediscover outfits and other possessions.

From books you’ve started reading but never finished to clothes you’ve bought but rarely worn, treat each clean-up as an opportunity to rediscover items you’ve spent the last weeks, months or years forgetting about.

Make cleaning up and decluttering a habit

Can you declutter with a snap of your fingers? Probably not, but when you make it a habit, you’ll find that cleaning up and decluttering your home takes barely any time at all.

Instead of spending hours cleaning your home once a week, spend a few minutes of every day decluttering. The smaller the mess becomes, the less time it will take you to clean up, sort and store.