Calm out of Chaos – making your home space a serene place to live in


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I have got the tidying bug – I am getting prepared for a really big clear out, and I am so excited!  I sound like a bit of a geek, but I do love a tidy, calm space around me.

If I put my mind to it, I am generally a very thorough and methodical cleaner and tidier.  But to be honest, as much as I enjoy the feeling of a clean, tidy and well presented room, these days my time is too limited to even attempt to keep things in order.  If I was to concentrate on household chores, and achieving a finished look that lifts my spirits, then I wouldn’t be able to get all the other daily tasks completed.  Such as work.

So, where do you put this really important job in the order of things?  Tidying and clearing your clutter is so very good for you.  The skills you need to use can be something you have learnt, or been passed down through generations, or perhaps just plain common-sense.  Should these tasks be classed as a job, and as important as other jobs? For example we always tend to prioritise shopping, and cooking, as we have to eat to stay alive, but not always tidying.

For me it is something that tends to get squeezed in around the other crucial household things like cooking, but the over-arching priority is always, and has always been, work.  By that I mean paid work.  That comes first, and if there is any time left over after shopping, cooking and clearing up the kitchen, then tidying would come next.

Most times I tend to tidy and clean whilst doing other things, so therefore it must be of secondary importance to me.  And my mind is always racing ahead and thinking about other things whilst I am tidying.  I definitely do not class it as a priority.  But all that is to change!

Last week I came across a book all about the Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo, (well to be honest it was her newer book, Spark Joy which I came across in a book shop).  It’s bright green cover stood out and I found myself glancing through it with interest.  What she says is that if you put your house in order properly once and for all, you will always be able to keep it tidy.  Even if you are lazy or messy by nature. She suggests 2 simple steps to take:

1. Deciding what to keep
2. Deciding where to keep it

By next week I will have started my mission, and let you know how I get on!

I hope you find these tips helpful. It would be good to hear what you think about my ideas, and anything else you have come up with. Tell me what you think by posting your comments below. Why don’t you Share this with your friends and family by clicking the Facebook icon or following us on Twitter?

About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.

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