It was William Morris who said, ‘Keep nothing in your homes that you don’t know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.’ With that in mind we’re going to be helping you with getting your home organised, with a series of blog posts over the coming months that will help you to achieve this.
Of course, we are a company that predominantly sells bedroom furniture, so that’s where we’ll start, in the master bedroom. Almost every customer that walks in through our showroom doors is looking for more storage, for an ever growing collection of shoes, handbags, dresses, suits, ties, you name it, we all collect clothes at an alarming rate, squeezing, squashing and packing them in until the hanging rails groan and the wardrobe doors can barely close shut. Well then, let’s start there shall we? Let’s start with a good old decluttering of your wardrobes. Of course if you already have beautifully tidy and organised wardrobes, well done, you need read no further. But please feel free to tell us how you manage it, hints and tips are most welcome.
Slow and steady wins the race
Now we don’t want to overwhelm you with what might be a mammoth task, so we’re going to be breaking it down into little manageable baby steps that can easily be achieved by everyone. With just a few minutes a day set aside, we’ll soon have your wardrobes transformed.
But yes, this is achievable with just a little work on your part, and for this task we’re going to be really generous and give you one whole week to get it done. Why one week? Because people tend to work better to deadlines. Deadlines are a powerful motivator, and provide you with a distinct feeling of achievement when accomplished.
So firstly, divide the wardrobe up into roughly seven main areas ie. shelves, rails, drawers, wardrobe floor, and do one area each day. That way, this task should only take you about ten to fifteen minutes per day, which is no time at all, so let’s get cracking.
Wouldn’t it be lovely to just snap your fingers like Mary Poppins and have everything jump neatly back into the right place? But since magic snappy fingers sadly don’t really exist, we are going to have to put in a little bit of effort.
Decluttering your wardrobes will make you feel better, and once it’s done you’ll be able to easily find the things you need, saving you lot’s of time in the future.
A Few Rules…
Everything must have a home
Everything must have a purpose
Everything must be in good working order
Now don’t just open those wardrobe doors, stare at the clutter, sigh heavily, and close the doors shut again (if you can close the doors shut, that is). Don’t do that, instead look at the first shelf or rail, (baby steps remember), and take everything out and place it on the bed. We need to be ruthless here, so working your way through the pile, consider each item carefully.
Do you love it?
Does it fit?
When was the last time you wore it? If more than a year ago, bin it! When we say bin it, we mean, donate it to charity, give it to a friend, or sell it on Ebay and make yourself a few extra pounds to buy yourself something nice as a treat for all your hard work.
Has a button fallen off that you’ve been meaning to sew back on for like the last eight months? Or is the zip broken, but you will eventually get round to having it repaired? We of course don’t want you to go throwing things away that just need a simple repair, but are you ever going to get round to doing it? Be honest with yourself here. Set aside items that need a stitch or two, and schedule in a day and time during the coming week when you will get it done. If you still haven’t got round to doing it by the end of the week, then be brave and face the fact that you probably never will, and put these items in the ‘donate to charity’ pile.
First shelf done, that’s great! Didn’t take you too long did it? Stop there if you want to, or do another shelf. Remember, it’s not a race, we’re plodding along here at your own pace, in your own time, and you’ve got one whole week to complete this challenge. Good luck.