How to

Organise your living room in 5 days

Life coach Sarah Laurie shares her ideas for calm and clutter-free living spaces and bedrooms. sarahlaurielifestyles.com

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Day 1

Find objects a home. The living room is often one of the largest spaces in the house, however for this reason it can easily turn into a dumping ground for items you’ll ‘put away later’. Much of our sense of disarray comes from ‘stuff’ lying around the house. Relocate anything that can be stored elsewhere to its rightful home – and allocate a few minutes each evening to this ritual.

Day 2

Someone’s trash is another person’s treasure. The word ‘clutter’ is derived from the word ‘clotter’, which means to coagulate (clot, harden, thicken). By drawing this connection to our home we can see how clutter can stagnate our space. Decide what items you no longer need and sell, swap, or donate right away.

Day 3

Clear out cabinets, drawers and shelves. Is your TV cabinet resembling a storage cabinet? Holding on to newspapers from last month? File, recycle or pass on publications you have read. Keep reading material up-to-date and in tidy storage.

Day 4

Clean, dust and polish surface space. Pull out furniture and wipe skirting boards and vacuum every corner. Clean your windows. Enjoy the fresh new energy that comes with a healthier home – and a clearer view to the stunning outdoors.

Day 5

Tend to FIX-it tasks. Incomplete jobs have a draining effect, so work through niggly tasks: replace that blown lightbulb, mend those cushion covers… your mind should be free to relax in a living space, not be reeling with more to-do’s.

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Compiled by: Shelley Ferguson
Photography by: Tony Amos & Maree Homer/bauersyndication.com.au.

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