How to Declutter Your Home in Just 20 Minutes a Day

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The new year is a great time to declutter. Have a fresh start, and get rid of all that junk that is slowly threatening to take over your home.

But easier said than done.

Sometimes the mere thought of decluttering can be quite overwhelming.

Have you ever felt that way? I know I have.

There’s a sense of it being such an enormous job that you don’t quite know where to begin.

So you don’t.

And everywhere you turn you are accosted by things. It can leave you feeling guilty, disorganised and drained – your energy literally sapped by all that clutter.

Yes, you know that once your home is organised there will be a great feeling of satisfaction. That there will be more space, order, and you’ll know where to find everything.

It’s just making that first start.

So here are seven easy steps to break down the task into small chunks. You’ll find it less daunting, and far more manageable.


7 Uplifting Design And Living Links

The Mark Brothers Cable Labels from Mocha UKThis week, it felt like the web was full of positivity. From celebrations with a good cause, to stylish party ideas. And from easy ways to get organized, to a more optimistic way of viewing your goals and plans when then don’t totally succeed.

Here is a selection of those links which I hope you’ll fine uplifting.

Happy Bloggerversary To Happy Interior Blog

A big congratulations to Igor on the first anniversary since he started his Happy Interior Blog. He came up with an original – and heartwarming – way to celebrate. For every person who leaves a comment on his First Bloggerversary post, he will donate one Euro to the charity Building Trust International. The party is still going on until Sunday 28 October, so hurry over to his blog and contribute to the celebrations by adding your comment.


Small Spaces: A Small Apartment with Space for Everything

Living area and home office of small apartment

Mike’s small New York apartment is an airy, calm and organised space with masses of clever storage solutions. It’s hard to believe that it is less than 500 square feet in size; but it shows just how much you can do with small spaces, with some clever design and planning.

But it wasn’t always this way …


My Work Space: Will from Bright.Bazaar

Working from your own home office certainly has its advantages: and is something more and more of us are doing either full or part time. But it can also present some design, space and organisational challenges.

In this new series we speak to a variety of interesting people who all work from home. They’ll give us guided tours of their work space, share some home office design ideas and tips on how they work and get organised.

Will Taylor from the interior blog Bright Bazaar

For this first feature, let me introduce you to Will who is a freelance writer and stylist living in the UK. You might already know him from the popular interior blog he writes – Bright.Bazaar – which focuses on colour and bright interiors.

As you might have expected, Will’s workspace is stylish and organised, with dashes of colour and some cool desk and office accessories.


7 Ways To Make Washing Up More Fun

A sink full of dirty dishes with yellow warning sign across

There are probably few people who can truly say that they enjoy doing the washing up. It isn’t the most exciting of household jobs.

However, faced with the grim sight of a sink full of dirty dishes, sometimes the best thing is to just get on with it.  So here are a few ideas for making it a little bit more enjoyable.


The Secret to Having a Clear Desk

A minimalist clear white desk with laptop, flowers and stylish desk lamp

A clear desk is like a blank piece of paper: a space for new potential, possibilities and ideas.

But standing between us and that ideal working environment is paperwork. Clutter creating and time consuming, it stifles creativity and productivity.

There’s an almost mysterious process as it gradually morphs on your desk, and you’re suddenly faced with a threatening mass invading your workspace. So daunting, that often the temptation is to try and ignore it, in the hope it will simply disappear (by trying to hide it with yet more paper on top).

Then one day, the inevitable happens.  You need an essential document and are forced to spend ages rummaging  through the chaos  in order to locate it.

How can we prevent that overwhelming paper clutter and the stress it brings with it?
What is the secret to having a clear minimalist desk where we can work more efficiently and with a sense of calm?


Home Accessories: How Not To Use Them

Cluttered space and how not to use home accessories

Home accessories can make or break the decor of a room.

Used well, home decor can enhance your interior and transform your space.  However, the opposite is also true.  Here are a few of the pitfalls, and how to avoid them.


Getting Organized: What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do First

A woman getting organised in the home and dancing with her mopYour home feels chaotic and disorganised, but you just don’t know where to begin. You can’t even bear to look at the clutter, it’s so overwhelming. And yet you do … nothing. As if leaving it will make it go away. You’d rather do anything but clear the place up. Suddenly everything else seems more important:

‘I’ll start by clearing up the newspapers. Mmm that looks an interesting article from the Sunday supplement three weeks ago; don’t think I’ve read it yet. I’ll quickly skim through it before I throw it out …’

‘I’m really tired this evening, I just need to sit down and watch some TV. I have to be in the right frame of mind, I’ll start tomorrow.’

‘It’s going to take ages to get this place sorted out and I just don’t have the time. I’ve got so much on right now’

Yet, you know that you would be so much happier with a more organised and neat home. How do you overcome that hurdle?