Home sweet home, there’s no place like it – although, that saying should ring true in the sense that there is nowhere quite as cosy, familiar, and uplifting as your home. Not in the sense that there is no place messier, more demoralising, or less organised, then your home.
Our homes are our personal paradises, at least in theory. They are the places where we raise our families, relax after a hard day of work, pursue some of our hobbies, and get a good night’s sleep.
But if your home is a disordered, messy, chaotic kind of place, this will likely have a wide array of negative repercussions on your overall well-being.
Here are some steps for keeping your home in order, so that it can live up to its potential, instead of being a disheartening wasteland.
Pay attention, and get things repaired when they first show signs of damage
Plenty of things can go very badly wrong in your home, simply as a result of inattention and neglect. That is, many problems which may become full-blown catastrophes in their own right, can be nipped in the bud if you are properly alert, and address them when the early warning signs first appear.
In the case of roof maintenance, for example, you should not ignore it if you see that shingles are missing from your roof, or that nails are sticking up in places where it doesn’t seem they should be. These, among other things, are signs that your roof is getting old, and may be due some serious repair work, before things really fall apart.
Fighting to maintain a tidy home is a bit like waging a constant battle against entropy. It will never be over, but you’ve just got to keep dealing with small issues as they arise.
Keep the clutter low, and focus on honouring the belongings you do keep
Marie Kondo – the Japanese cleaning guru – is the talk of the town right now, what with her new Netflix show “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo” making a big impression on the popular culture.
The basic premise is decluttering – and keeping the clutter low, and focusing on honouring the belongings you do keep, can go a very long way indeed to keeping your home upbeat and intact.
Get rid of the things that you can do without, and that don’t bring you much joy, so that the belongings you really do care about come to the forefront of your attention, and can be appreciated properly.
Add a bit of “personal touch” to your home, and engage with it directly
These days, there’s no shortage of opportunity for digital distraction. All of us, no matter how focused, are vulnerable to being bombarded and distracted by web articles, social media updates, WhatsApp messages, and so on.
One negative consequence of this is that it can serve as an excuse for withdrawing into digital space, and letting your home go neglected around you.
What you should actually do, is to give your home a bit of “personal touch” and engage with it directly. Have dinner at a table, without your smartphone. Socialise in the living room, without the TV on. Do things in your home that don’t rely on digital distraction.