Tidy Home Tidy Mind

Is a tidy home the key to a tidy mind?

Home really is where the heart is. But what the adage neglects to mention is that home is also where all your other stuff is, too. Which is why it’s so important to keep it in order.

Maintaining a tidy home can be a difficult task, especially considering the kind of ‘go, go, go’ lifestyle most of us are living these days. However, modern research and ancient philosophies alike maintain that a tidy home is the key to a healthy mind. We take a look at the thinking behind the theory, and offer some tips and products that can help you stay organised at a busy time of year.


The KonMari method: putting an end to clutter

There’s a good reason why Marie Kondo has been called the ‘master of decluttering’. Creator of the ‘KonMari’ cleaning method, the Japanese organising consultant has become something of a legend for her calm, positive and supremely practical approach to tidying.

At the centre of Marie’s method is a simple but powerful question she asks of each object in the home: “Does it spark joy?” To begin the process, she sorts items by category, not by room – Marie’s rationale for this is that similar pieces aren’t usually in one place, but scattered throughout the house. You can use the KonMari method to inspire your own decluttering efforts, donating or discarding the items that are no longer sparking joy in your life, and finding a place in your home for the rest. You can buy a copy of Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up at QBD The Bookshop.


Feng Shui to colour coding: the philosophy of tidiness

Feng shui is an ancient and trusted philosophy for keeping a healthy environment, and it doesn’t only apply to rearranging furniture. An untidy kitchen or living room is cluttered with things that block the natural energy flows at the heart of feng shui, providing obstacles to your overall wellbeing. Cleaning the light fixtures, cupboards and drawers will allow your chi to flow freely.

Modern design techniques can also improve the sense of organisation and tidiness around your home and your life. Use the colour wheel to inform your decisions on new purchases and interior decoration – complementary colours, shades and temperatures can bring out the harmony in your everyday environment.


Eat, sleep and be productive: 24-hour benefits

More and more research is being published around clutter and productivity, and the trends are clear: keeping a tidy home allows you the breathing room to get stuff done. It all starts with a good night’s sleep – the US National Sleep Foundation has found that people who regularly make their beds were 19 percent more likely to get a better rest. In turn, a healthy sleep helps us make better decisions about food.

Likewise, researchers at Princeton found that too much physical clutter in your home and work environment makes it more difficult to focus, leading to stress and anxiety. So don’t leave your decluttering habits at home – take them to work with you.


A tidy habit: techniques for success

As the evidence shows, a tidy home really is the key to a tidy mind. And there are a number of trusted techniques you can use to achieve it.

Instead of going through an entire cleaning process with each room and section of the house, start with the preliminary ‘sweep-through’ approach of picking up and putting away every misplaced thing. Once you’ve created that literal and mental space, it is so much easier to start cleaning each area with products. When it comes time to clean, use two hands: by holding your cleaning product, like a window spray, in one hand, and your cleaning tool, like a static-free cloth, in the other, you’ll get through the job in half the time.


The tools for a tidy mind

The best way to make cleaning more manageable is to look for multi-use products. Visit our experts at Westpoint for some great advice and solutions to make your life easier.