Decluttering, cleaning, and designing the home were the talks of the town since the pandemic hit. Homeowners became more concerned about germs and microbes inside their homes given the viral outbreak. Since all of us are spending most of our time indoors, we’re bound to collect more stuff and make a mess here and there, as we also make room for new lifestyle demands, including working from home.
With all these household responsibilities becoming top priorities today, the first and biggest online housing fair purposefully included experts in the field of home organizing and designing to complete its webinar line-up. From Konmari consultants to cleaning services providers to the country’s top interior designers, you will find the masters at the fair. If ever you missed their airing, don’t worry, we summarized the top organizing, cleaning, and designing tips straight from the experts:
On Decluttering Your Space
The famous decluttering technique from Marie Kondo is called the Spark Joy Philosophy of Decluttering. On the Lamudi online housing fair webinar Tidy Up the Konmari Way, Reset Your Home, certified Konmari consultant Renelyn Tan-Castillejos shared the six basic steps to this home organizing approach:
- Commit to tidying up. Be intentional in setting aside time and effort for decluttering.
- Imagine your ideal lifestyle. Imagine the kind of home you want to be in, how you want it to work for you in relation to your way of living.
- Finish discarding first. Let go of the things that no longer serve a purpose in your life.
- Tidy by category and not by location. The categories are clothes, books, papers, miscellaneous items, then sentimental stuff.
- Follow the right order. Declutter in the order mentioned above to make the process more efficient.
- Ask yourself if it sparks joy. Pick up each object and see if it brings you delight. If not, it may be a good idea to discard it.
On Maintaining Your Tidy Home
A neat enthusiast, of course, doesn’t stop at decluttering. Actually, the bigger challenge comes after discarding the stuff that doesn’t spark joy in us. How do we maintain a clean home for months (or even years) is the real challenge. For this, Renelyn Tan-Castillejos also has a few simple actionable steps shared in the webinar How to Finally Tidy Up at Home (and Keep It That Way). Follow these to keep your home neat amid the busy schedules and work-from-home demands:
- Reflect. Ponder about your home design style. Is it traditional? Modern? Minimalist? Industrial? Whatever it is, be proud of it and let it guide you in keeping your home neat.
- Make time. Choose a specific date for tidying up. Commit to that appointed time by putting it in your planner.
- Be grateful. Express thanks to the items that gave you joy. Don’t be guilty if, at this point in your life, you don’t feel as much joy as you felt before. Give thanks, discard the items, and then move on.
- Group together. Go over the house and group items under the categories mentioned above. After this, decide what you want to toss out.
- Partner up. Look for an accountability partner who can inspire you to tidy up or give you the reminder to declutter on days you find it hard to will yourself to organize the home.
On Designing Your Home (Your WFH Space, Specifically)
Many of us are looking for ways to make efficient use of available spaces in our home for the new normal of working remotely. To create the best home office that accommodates your needs, take inspiration from the webinar Home Interior Design Tips at the Lamudi online housing fair, featuring Interior and Product Designer and Chairman for Interior Design of SoFA Design Institute Carla Mae Leonor. Here are her best home office design tips:
- Before the design, think of your priorities. This includes the end-user, needs (over wants), design standards, and the real value of the items you’re adding to the space.
- Use your body as a guide in planning your office space. Make room for personal space. Ensure that all items you need will be within reach.
- Consider the users of the space. If you’ll be working with your kids, spouse, or sibling, they will also have unique requirements for the workspace. That must also be taken into account when designing your home office.
- Look at the big picture. Think about all the factors affecting your productivity and efficiency at work. For the most part, this includes your chair, table, and lighting. It’s important that they are ergonomic, not restricting physically or psychologically, but instead helping you do your job better.
How are you keeping your home in order the past few days? Take the advice of experts in keeping your home comfortable and conducive for productivity. In case you want to see more webinars featured on the Lamudi online housing fair, visit this page.