Tidy Home, Tidy Mind: Why Tidiness Is Important While Working From Home

If you’re in the unusual situation of having to work from home under the current situation, you’d hardly be alone if you’re struggling to get into the swing of things. For those of us who aren’t used to setting up at our dining table for a full day of work, you’ve probably already fallen into the trap of taking a ‘break’ from work to tidy something, put the washing on or run the hoover round. The pressure of keeping things organised while we’re supposed to be working can build stress, anxiety and reduce productivity which is why tidiness is a must when working from home.

Our Logan Pine Ottoman Blanket Box makes for stylish storage of clutter to keep things neat and tidy around the home.

It’s Good For Your Health

Keeping things clean and tidy can do wonders for your health, not just during the work day but during everyday living too. A tidy bedroom, for example, can help you sleep better and a home office that’s kept clean will limit the potential spread of germs. Keep clutter to a minimum to limit places for dust or grime to build up by tidying away documents or supplies that you don’t need. Give your keyboard and mouse a regular clean too just to make sure that things are kept as clean as possible. 

You Can Focus Better

A tidy space is a must-have if you want to be able to focus throughout the work day. With too much clutter or mess around you, it can be difficult to focus on one thing at a time. Your mind is always looking for the most important thing to focus on and it can be too easy to drift towards frankly anything that isn’t your work. Whether it’s organising paperwork, cleaning a mug, making a coffee or taking the time to tidy up, they can all distract you from the task you need to get done first. Take the time in the evening after work or at the weekends to have a complete top-to-bottom tidy of your work space and try to keep things down in the evenings or before work throughout the week to promote better focus.

Reduce Stress

Stress and fatigue are two of the biggest problems for people working from home, particularly for those who have never done it before. Working in a messy or unclean environment gives you something else to worry about on top of your existing workload and the accompanying stress of working in an unusual environment in the current situation. Clutter can also cause fatigue simply because your mind is never really at rest. Even if you’re taking a ‘break’ from work for the day, your eyes will be drawn to clutter and will be constantly working, leading to fatigue over long periods.

Increase Efficiency

There’s nothing worse than not being able to find the one thing you need to complete a task. Whether it’s a particular document or a form to fill out, or even just a pen, a messy home office can make efficient working shockingly difficult. The more organised your workspace is, the less time you’ll spend trying to find things when you need them most. With easy access to what you need and minimal distraction, efficiency and productivity have the potential to be at an all-time high.

Whether your home is in need of a good clean out or you just need to tidy things up to keep them workable, ottomans provide a useful storage solution to keep clutter down. Take a look at our range of ottomans or get in touch for advice on where to start.

How to Declutter Your Child’s Bedroom

If you have small children, you’ll be well aware of just how tricky it can be to keep their bedrooms nice and tidy and free of clutter. Teddy bears, toys, books and blankets are strewn across the floor on a daily basis and you may find that you have accumulated more toys and accessories than your current storage plan can handle!

Children’s bedrooms are usually a lot smaller than other rooms in the house but are often home to the most bits and pieces. Coming up with a quick, easy solution to declutter and free up space creates a tidier environment for plenty of stress free playtime.

So how do you declutter your child’s bedroom and keep things in order without compromising on space, time or convenience? Follow these simple tips to have your child’s bedroom or playroom clear and clutter free in no time.

Child Friendly Storage

A crucial aspect of decluttering and tidying a child’s bedroom is ensuring you have good storage solutions to cope with the sheer amount of toys and books a child will accumulate.

Quite often child storage can be found in the shape of bookcases, shelving units, cupboards and other bulky fitted or standalone furniture.

City Life Padded Childs Toy Box

There is another option though. Children’s toy boxes can be a fantastic, fun storage solution for your childs bedroom as they keep things neat, tidy and in one place. Children’s ottomans and toy boxes with lids keep toys and clutter completely out of sight. Mostly supplied in attractive designs which your child will love, they will complement your childs bedroom, creating a much more pleasant atmosphere and most importantly help make tidying up, fun! To be even more organised, you can opt for more than one and store your child’s cuddly toys in one and train sets, trucks, dolls etc in another.

Ottomans and toy boxes provide an easy way to safely store away your child’s toys for the day and are available in soft fabric finishes with cushioned tops to keep the bedroom as hazard-free as possible. Children’s ottomans needn’t look misplaced in the room either- they are available in a variety of styles and finishes so you can find one to perfectly complement the décor of the bedroom or play room. You can also find playful printed ottomans to add an extra fun element to your child’s room or opt for a traditional wooden toy box for a charming timeless look.

Wooden Toy Boxes

Ask your Child to help you Tidy

Young children tend to enjoy repetition and there are few activities more repetitive than tidying up countless toys!

Having your little boy or girl help to put their things away in their very own toy box or ottoman encourages them to tidy up after themselves, a skill which you’ll surely appreciate once they reach their teenage years.

To give the tidying up a fun angle, you can turn the decluttering into a game to keep your child interested.

Store Away

Ask yourself – does my child really need all of these toys and bits of pieces cluttering up their bedroom? The answer is probably no and that means it’s time to store away some items that your child may have lost interest in. Clothing and toys that your child has outgrown can be safely stashed away as keepsakes or kept somewhere safe.

Planning on having another baby? Store the clothing and toys somewhere other than your child’s bedroom (like your attic or closet) in preparation for your next child.

Grab a Rubbish Bag

Throwing away or donating toys can seem daunting to a child so rather than simply telling your child that some of their toys have to go, try discuss the reasons behind it, in the most child-friendly way possible of course! Some suggestions include:

  • Let your child know that by getting rid of some toys will leave them more space to play.
  • If you’re donating toys to a charity shop, explain that the toys will go to a child who will love them just as much and more importantly who may need them more.
  • Decide with your child which toys and bits and pieces should be donated or given away.

Your child may find it tricky to make the tough decision without a little help from you. Chances are, once you’ve decluttered and organised your child’s bedroom, they will have a renewed interest in a lot of toys and books that they may have forgotten about! Decluttering gives them a chance to rediscover some toys they may have forgotten about, resulting in hours more playtime and a bit of well deserved ‘me time’ for you.