Simple is better. It’s a mantra that’s often been repeated in the last few years as baby boomers struggle to declutter their homes. At the same time, decluttering has become more and more popular as more people embrace home management gurus like Marie Kondo. How can you make your home and garden easier to manage this year?
1. Have a Vision
What do you want your home and garden to look like? Sometimes, clutter can be pleasant — think of a country garden look. However, clutter is only pleasant when it is intentional. Begin with a long-term view. When you walk into your home, what is the feel of that future home? Is it cozy? Does it have clean, modern lines? Whatever you choose, focus on what you have in your home that will help you achieve that goal, and start to pare down the rest.
2. Focus on Enjoyment
What do you want from your home? It’s a place to sleep and eat, to be sure, but you probably want it to be a place of refuge and entertainment as well. As you decide what belongs in your home and what doesn’t, focus on your enjoyment, or as Marie Kondo says, “choosing joy.” What brings you joy could be very different than what brings another person joy. One person might like to have a lovely outdoor eating space, while another appreciates a tidy roof, clean siding, and gutter covers because they make everything look organized in your home. Evaluate your home and garden choices not just by what you need but by what makes your home a more pleasant space.
3. Look for Quality
When you’re investing in your home and garden, you need quality, not quantity. Instead of purchasing a lot of garden equipment that breaks, find a pair of pruners that will last you for thirty years. Instead of getting a sun umbrella that tips over in the wind, find an awning that’s easy to use and will remain durable even through the winter. As you invest in quality, you’ll have less to throw away and store.
4. Clean Up the Chronic Clutter Points
Are there parts of your home that make you want to roll your eyes and shake your fists? If people traipse into your home with muddy boots on and put them into a pile near the door or if your gutters are constantly overflowing and making puddles in your garden, you have chronic clutter points. These painful areas need to be a focus for you as you simplify. You’ll need to find some easy, long-term solutions. For example, creating a transitional area for boot storage could solve your boot problem, and a gutter guard could solve your gutter issues. The idea is not to clean constantly but to find solutions that reduce your need to declutter and clean.
At Harry Hemet, we’re here to make your home life easier. Talk with us about gutter guard, awning, and roofing options so that you can make your home more beautiful and more functional at the same time. Schedule a free estimate today.