April is a time of year when the pressure to do a general cleaning of our homes can be felt everywhere. While I too can get carried away with all this, this year I want to focus more on updating the systems of my home in lieu of a deep clean to perfection.
Our April theme on Wit & Delight is about just that: adjusting the systems in our homes to make our spaces more functional for our everyday lives.
It’s about figuring out which systems will be most beneficial to us as individuals rather than trying to tackle everything at once. This topic relates to everything from home organization systems to mechanical systems to the structural updates we make to enhance our experience in our spaces.
While I write a lot about home design as it relates to aesthetics, the focus of this month’s topic extends well beyond curating a “perfect” design aesthetic. Interior design is important, to be sure, but it’s not the only thing that matters when it comes to how we interact with our home environments.
Creating systems at home is for allhowever, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. You have to choose the systems that fit and enhance the way you already live your life.
As a person with ADHD, having home organization systems is crucial. These systems help me work with the way my energy naturally flows. They help me keep things (mostly) organized, and most importantly, they help me live everyday life more easily. My pantry organization system improves my daily cooking routine, my bathroom organization system helps me get ready in the morning, and my bin system helps me collect sundries around our house for future sorting.
As with so many things in my life right now, maintaining the home organization systems that matter most to me has more to do with constant upkeep than anything else.
It’s about small acts that make an incremental difference, like using five spare minutes as an opportunity to organize a drawer or put away clothes. Over time, I have learned to surrender to a passing level of organization instead of striving for perfection all the time.
Making sure the engine of my home life runs smoothly is the biggest part of what makes me feel really good about my home. Any design upgrade you make beyond this is icing on the cake.
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Kate is currently learning to play the ukulele, much to the despair of her husband, children, and dogs. Follow her on Instagram at @witanddelight_.