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How to keep your house and life tidy

3 Jan 2020
by Linda Canter

If your house is tidy, your head feels emptier too. Empty, in a good way! It’s great to clean and tidy up the house once in a while. We have tips to do so in a structured way!

1. Room by room

If you want to clean your house up, it’s smart to think of the room that’s the messiest or is the most important to clean up. Remember it always gets worse before something gets better, so it will get messier before the rooms becomes tidier. Can your bedroom use a good clean? Start with your bedroom wardrobe! When that’s finished, you can tackle your bedside table. And finally take on the things that just lie everywhere in the bedroom.

2. Discard clothing or give it away

Are there clothes in your wardrobe that you have not worn in over a year? Let it go! Of course you don’t have to throw away your wedding dress of the suit you keep for special occasions, but for your regular attire it’s a good rule. Before taking all of your clothes out of the wardrobe, think about what you are going to do with it. T-shirts with holes can be thrown away, but that winter coat that no longer fits can still make someone else happy. You can donate clothing, take it to a special recycle container, sell it online or give it to friends.

3. Sell books and toys

Your child's favorite stuffed animal may stay a little bit longer, but baby toys can go if your child is already a toddler. Sell ​​those Peppa Pig dolls or that baby gym. This way you immediately have more room in the house to store the other toys a bit nicer. On the Dutch trading website Marktplaats you can easily sell your toys and old children's books. Another good rule: if you buy something new, you must take out something old.

4. Do it now

If you continue to postpone cleaning up, you will soon have a house full of junk. Piles of bills, folders and even magazines: deal with it immediately. Have your children unpack their backpack after school and let them put their own things in the dishwasher. The same for your own stuff: clean up your own mess too. This way you can prevent a fruit basket full of bills or a dining table full of junk, which you keep moving around to free up space.

5. Stop participating in trends

Every season home furnishing stores come up with new trends that you want to have in your home. Because you need it, right? Wrong! From the current jungle trend to the dried flowers that will be totally hip-and-happening in 2020. Or those nice tealight holders and other accessories that you can buy every year at Christmas? You don’t need them! From now on you will no longer participate in buying trendy stuff! Because if you are honest: don’t you already have a lot of candlesticks and funny mugs in your cupboards? You don't have to participate in every trend. In fact: it is much better not to do this. You can alternate with the things you already have. By moving or changing all accessories in the house every few months, it looks like they are new.

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