My kids will, out of the blue, ask if we can stay in a hotel. This is unrelated to how close to home we may be.
And often, I wish I could say yes.
With a better than average home, with all the comforts of home, why oh why would we want to stay in a hotel? We only choose the budget ones anyway, so what's so special?
Well, what do you see when you open a hotel room door? No problems!
Uncluttered - mostly, you just see furniture. Invitingly made beds, clear tables, tidy sink spaces.... You can only clutter it with what you've brought, and you left most of your stuff at home. You probably brought so little you can pack it all in less than 1/2 hour - compare that to your last house move. Yes. I know.
Clean - someone else cleaned this already. It's so uncluttered that it probably didn't take long. If you have to wash dishes, there aren't many supplied anyway - about enough for one family meal.
Cosy - Those dishes? You can wash them a couple of steps away from the dining table, while still chatting to the slower eaters.
Most of us don't want to live in a hotel all the time, although I am in love with tiny houses and The Everyday Minimalist did spend some time this way. Most of us would eventually miss something that we can only find at home - and that might simply be space and privacy.
But we can get some of the goodness of hotel living in our own homes.
You can't say too much about decluttering, and most of it's been said before. Having only what you really need is the key to sanity and cleanliness in the home.
Here's just a start on decluttering tips:
- Should it stay or....?
- Outsmarting your inner hoarder
- Zen Habit's tips and more Zen Habit's tips
- Down with clutter
- And almost anything at 365 Less Things
Work on your entrance
You won't get the "ahhhhhh" factor if you open your door into chaos. Try it for yourself - step outside and do a grand entrance and really look!
- What's there that doesn't need to be?
- What's messy that could be organised?
- What's visible that could be hidden?
After you've made a perfect entrance, choose one other space in the house to keep as your "hotel away from home."
If you can't keep the entire house sane, make sure you have this one retreat where you can relax and unwind.
And if you sell enough of your unwanted stuff, maybe you can hire a cleaner for your "hotel"!
You gotta have dreams...
Have your say...
What are your favourite tricks to make your house look professionally fabulous?