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4 tips to get your mess in order!

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With the following 4 tips you can finally create order! Start tiding up stress-free and permanently.

The wardrobe is full of clothes, dust collectors are lined up on the shelves, and the tools are piled up in the basement. Most people have a lot more stuff lying around at home than they really need. Hand on heart: it’s no different for you, is it?

You don’t have to wait until next spring to keep things tidy. There are a few simple tricks to help you tidy up and keep things tidy! find out below.

Is your untidiness contributing to you being stressed all the time?

Stress leader to disorder. Disorder has been proven to lead to a lack of concentration and more stress. This in turn can make you unhappy. The end result is that you start feeling uncomfortable in the one place you should just chill – your home! and that it makes many feel less secure at home.

Your goal must be to own less and thus create enough space for the things that we really need. The 4 tips below can help you keep things tidy over the long term:


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1. Create space in your home

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Unfortunately, the more space people have, the more they fill it with unnecessary thing. Clutter means you have thngs that get in your way all time time.

Has the edge of your bathtub become a shelf for clothes that don’t have to be washed yet, but shouldn’t be in the closet either because we’ve already worn them?

That means: everything needs its place. If you know what has to go where, it tends to be less lying around. To stay with the example of the items of clothing worn: They too have earned their own place. And that’s not the armchair or the back of the chair.

  • Just hang extra hooks on the door just for these clothes. 
  • The same goes for belts, handbags and so on.
  • Go through everything that likes to be lying around and create a separate space for it.

2. Establish new routines

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Disorder arises when we have no system and no structure. However, it takes a while to get used to new systems. If I’ve done something in a certain way for 30 years, I won’t change it in five minutes.

For example, we can start very small by starting today by hanging the key on the key board when entering the apartment or by always putting the mail and our wallet in one place.

These are routines that we should develop in order to live more orderly in the long term. In the first few weeks, for example, I really only concentrate on ensuring that the key is always in the right place, until it is automated. I can then do that little by little with everything: plates straight in the dishwasher, laundry in the laundry basket and so on.

3. Do I really need that 3 year old t-shirt?

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Most of the things we hoard we keep with the ulterior motive that we might need them again. But do we really need these things?

How often have I used these screws, these boards, my brushes, this device, etc. this year? Am i really working with it? If the answer is “not at all” then sell / give it away or throw it away. 

Small parts in particular, which you can get for very little money if you should need them in a few years’ time, can be safely disposed of.

4. Sort out things in order of importance

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A big building site, especially for women, is the clutter of clothes that makes the closet bursting at the seams. There are two simple options here:

  • Sort out the things that you wear the least, that are unsure whether they really suit you or that are the worst possible combination. You pack these clothes in boxes or large bags and put them in the cellar or somewhere out of sight. After six months at the earliest, you can see whether you have missed the items. If not, give it away immediately without looking in the box again.
  • If you decide that you love and enjoy wearing everything you own, start something like your own little thrift store where you put half of your clothes in boxes, put away and a few months later with that swap that you left in the closet. So you can always look forward to your own little treasure trove.

Important : Before you hand in the sorted out clothing, bed linen, etc. to a closet, the German Red Cross or similar collection point, ask them whether there is a need. In the worst case, you will have to take your things with you.

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Michelle Halterman
USA, China, South Africa and now Munich - Michelle has come a long way in the world. She is an outdoor person and loves to be in nature with friends and on her mountain bike. Or she meets up with friends for pasta, vino, cappaccino & Co.
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