A beautiful home is one thing, but it needs to be functionally sorted too.

I’ve lived many years without great home organisation. My mother-in-law once ended up in A&E with RSI when she absolutely insisted on tackling our ironing mountain. True story – the Dr hugged her, when amongst all the drunkards on a Saturday night he asked: “What’s brought you here tonight?” and she responded: ” my hand hurts from too much ironing”. Then he looked at me like I was a horrible person.  I digress. This blog focuses on the pretty side, but it will also hero worship sensible home organising. Gripping stuff, but helpful “I can’t believe I didn’t do this before” stuff. Note I said “will”.

I’m a work in progress. Juggling work, kids, home, activities plus everything else is major. I haven’t yet met the super-mama who meets all her commitments and has a perfect house. I’m not aiming for perfect but I do want less clutter. One of my oldest and dearest friends gave me ” The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo. She knew I’d love the end goal of a house that only contains things which give us joy. Read this great article on Kondo by The New York Times. I’m also allowing ” things that are absolutely needed”. Not everything we absolutely need gives me joy. Like the ironing basket. Essential, yes. Joyful, No.

My current “HOME ORGANISING” status is that we pay for a storage unit. Yeah: not a great start! My excuse is that we don’t have a garage, but it’s ridiculous paying to keep stuff you never use. I have scary cupboards and problem areas that really need a better system: like that pile of absolute randomness that always ends up stacked on the kitchen bench. I may not have a “floor-robe” (wardrobe on the floor) anymore, but I’m going to share the process of conquering clutter once and for all. Hold back your excitement.

I’ve roped in the best home organiser I know…mum. She’s going to be helping me with some guest posts on what really makes a home run like a well-oiled machine. We’ve got some great ideas up our sleeves for you, including tips on:

  • Playroom organisation
  • Bathroom organisation
  • Kitchen organisation
  • Laundry organisation

So, let the sensible games begin…(told you it was exciting).

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