Many of us aspire to live in homes where everything is beautifully arranged, organised and free of clutter.

Now we are spending more time at home than ever, our living spaces are doubling up as makeshift offices, gyms, schools, date night venues, spas, cinemas and many other parts of life that would normally happen elsewhere.

It’s a good time to step back and sort out our homes, which may seem like a mammoth task. But de-cluttering and re-organising to accommodate and enhance the way you live now does not have to feel overwhelming; with the right approach it can actually be a joy.

Victoria Staff is a Professional Organiser who runs regular workshops with us at Daylesford. Victoria believes that pouring love back into your home and improving your living environment can have a positive effect on all areas of your wellbeing.

We asked her advice on how to get started:

“I think most of us are guilty of maybe not looking after ourselves and our environments enough.

The journey towards living a more organised and sustainable life is just as important as the end result of a beautiful home: both have a profound impact on your health and wellbeing.

You may be tempted to start throwing things away, but I recommend you pause and begin by asking yourself what you want from your home environment. Involve all members of household – I find children really love the process, especially working out what should go where and how to repurpose items!

  • How you want your home to look and feel?
  • What is realistic for your lifestyle?
  • Do you need to create multifunctional spaces that accommodate children, partners, home office?

Draw up a list of requirements and walk around your home to identify areas where you want to make a change before you begin clearing out and organising. Jot down categories that you can sort your possessions into, and where each category can be placed in your house.

Biophilic experiences (i.e. embracing natural life by bringing plants and natural materials into your home) can reduce stress, improve cognitive function, and enhance mood and creativity.

Similarly, personalising your home and surrounding yourself with the things you love has a profoundly positive impact on your wellbeing.

Join Victoria over on Daylesford’s Instagram feed from Friday 1st May for videos on clearing clutter, organising effectively, and her favourite items to ensure optimum wellbeing in your home.