A Place For Everything
A place for everything and everything in its place.
This year has seen an enormous surge in the popularity of home organisation. While Marie Kondo may have given the idea a quick nod in 2019, it wasn’t until 2020 that the trend really took flight. While we loved watching Marie Kondo’s KonMari method, it seemed like a lot of hassle to actually do it ourselves, so not many people bothered. So why are shops now suddenly selling out of tubs, containers and baskets? Why is The Home Edit one of the leading shows on Netflix and why does it suddenly matter what colour goes where in your bathroom cupboard?
The simple and rather depressing answer is the pandemic. It has affected not only our health and our social lives, it has also affected how we treat our homes.
Now you see it
The pandemic has meant that since March we have been forced to spend more time at home. Whether we’re working from home, teaching our children from home or (with everything shut) we just have nowhere else to go, our living space is inescapable. That means that we are spending more time looking around us. We’re no longer rushing through, grabbing dinner between work and bed, or dropping our bag at the door before we head to the gym. We’re sitting in our houses, looking at them. And what do we see? Mess and clutter. It’s easy to ignore a messy spare room when you barely ever open the door, but now that it’s your makeshift office, that pile of clothes in the corner is really getting annoying. So we have decided it’s time to tidy up.
Room to grow
Another issue that has come to life during lockdown is space. And the lack thereof. Now that our homes are our offices, our schools, our gyms and our entertainment centres, we need to make use of every square inch. If we can fit in a desk, or a yoga mat with some simple organisation and a few labelled boxes, then we’re all for it.
Calm in the storm
The other reason for this organisational zeal is a little more psychological. We are striving to make order out of chaos. While we can’t control what is going on in the world around us we can control the space within our homes. Organising, cataloguing and ordering our environment gives us back a sense of control that we have lost during the pandemic, it eases our minds and gives us a focus. A well-made bed, a colour coded wardrobe, an alphabetically organised herb shelf can give us a sense of peace that is not easy to come by in the wider world at the moment.
Just a phase?
So is this organisational trend just a phase, will we all go back to being messy monsters once the pandemic is done? We could, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we should. The drivers that have encouraged us to organise during the pandemic will still be around once offices, schools and restaurants reopen. It’s still a great idea to make the most of the space you have and coming home to a clean house will always be more pleasant than opening the door to a mess. But it goes deeper than that. Research has proven that living in an untidy space can negatively affect our lives. Clutter can reduce our ability to focus on tasks, it can heighten anxiety and can actually stop us from sleeping.
Tidy space, tidy mind
The satisfaction we gain from tidying an area and completing that task can improve our self-esteem and give us the sensation of ‘getting what we want’. A tidy house has been proven to decrease anxiety and improve productivity. And the benefits are not just mental, removing unused clothes, piles of books or other clutter can help to reduce dust and dirt within the house leading to a healthier space for the whole family. So why not keep it up?
Wondering where to start?
If you haven’t yet jumped on the organisational bandwagon, then it’s easy to get started. Check out The Home Edit on Netflix, for some hints and tips (but really to get a glimpse inside some celebrity homes), have a look at Pinterest for inspiration and take a wander through Google. There are dozens of methods, timetables and plans, so choose one that’s right for you. Remember to start small and of course, enlist help where possible. There’s no need to throw out all of your belongings, but maybe those jeans that you haven’t worn in 6 years could face the chop and the sheets that your husband brought with him from his bachelor days… Well, they could definitely go in the bin. Decluttering and tidying doesn’t have to run your life, but it really can make your life easier to run.