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Healthy Home Habits: Part 1 - Small Steps to a Tidy Home

Feeling overwhelmed by the post-holiday mess? We've all been there! 


This month in Happybeams & Co. we are kicking off our new series 'Healthy Home Habits'. And first up, we're tackling the art of decluttering, but with a twist - focusing on small, manageable habits that fit seamlessly into your busy life.




Habit Stacking

Before diving into the hacks, let's talk about habit stacking. This clever strategy involves attaching a new habit to an existing one, making it easier to remember and stick to. Think of it like connecting the new habit to a strong "train" of an existing one, ensuring it gets pulled along smoothly.


So, how can you use habit stacking with decluttering? Let's say you always brush your teeth before bed. Why not add a quick 5-minute "basket sweep" through your room as part of your routine? Put any misplaced items in a basket to deal with later, keeping your sleep space calm and clutter-free.



Bitesized Decluttering

Now, onto the actionable tips!


1. The Basket Trick:

Grab a basket and become a clutter ninja. As you move around a room, pick up anything out of place and toss it in. Empty the basket later, either putting things back in their rightful spots or tackling them one by one. Don't get overwhelmed; just focus on a few items at a time.



2. Timer Power:

Engage your competitive side with a decluttering timer. Set it for 15 minutes (or even 5!) and see how much you can achieve in that burst of focused energy. Tackle a drawer, a shelf, or even declutter your handbag while waiting for the kettle to boil. 


You could even try the Pomodoro Technique: 25 minutes of focused activity (in this case decluttering) followed by a 5-minute break to keep your momentum going.



3. Doorstep Donations:

Tired of charity shop bags piling up? Ditch the hassle with doorstep collections. Many services offer convenient donations from your home. Book online, fill your bags, and voila! Clutter cleared, guilt assuaged. Bonus tip: Keep a designated donation basket for items you no longer need, and schedule regular collections to stay on top of it.



Remember: Decluttering isn't just about getting rid of stuff, it's about creating a calmer, more organised space that reflects your needs. Start small, stack those habits, and enjoy the process of reclaiming your space, one clutter-free corner at a time!




Share your own decluttering tips and experiences in the comments below! Do you use habit stacking? What motivates you to declutter? Let's build a supportive community for healthier, happier homes.



Don't forget to check back next month for another edition of Happybeams & Co.'s Healthy Home Habits, where we'll explore a different topic to help you build a toolkit for your overall wellbeing!


Thanks so much for reading,

Jess x

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