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How Tidy is Your Home?

January 13, 2016


I’ll be the first to admit that on busy weeks (or lazy weeks, or distracted weeks, or inspired weeks), my apartment can get into quite a state of disarray. I don’t know about you, but sometimes it can feel hard to keep up with the stuff that piles up on the kitchen table, and the clothes on the desk chair.

I think we all have different levels of comfort when it comes to how tidy we like our spaces to be. I’ve learned that having a tidy home is key to feeling calm throughout my day. I also enjoy having pretty dishes on shelves and books on the coffee table. This tendency away from minimalism means that if my space isn’t tidy, and if everything doesn’t have its place, it can go from cozy to cluttered pretty quick.

The number one thing that I’ve found that helps all of this? Having less stuff. It seems like a no-brainer, but it took me a while to catch on. I’ve been reading this book (along with everyone else) and it’s been a game changer. It’s easy to forget day-to-day, but if there’s something in your home that doesn’t leave you feeling joyful, then maybe it shouldn’t be there. Plus, I know that my mind is so much calmer when I can hang out in a tidy living room. But that’s me! I know lots of people who aren’t the least bit fussed by a few piles around.

So I’m curious to hear, how tidy do you like to keep your home? Is it something you want to change? Or are you happy with how your space is now?

Pretty (and very tidy) photo from AE Blog

One thought on “How Tidy is Your Home?

  1. Krykl

    I have also been reading “that book.” I agree, that I’ve been finding a certain inexplicable joy in the simplicity of the ideas. My biggest thrill is opening my drawers and seeing my clothes neatly folded and standing at attention, followed by a calming assurance that no matter what I pull out, it will fit and make me feel good about it. I’ve accomplished my living room, and my personal corner of the bedroom.

    I really love that you are finding a balance between the allure of minimalism and the desire for coziness. It give me hope!


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