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Top tips for keeping your space tidy!

Kenika Williams, founder of Tidied by K.
Kenika Williams, founder of Tidied by K.

Like many of us, Atlanta-based entrepreneur Kenika Williams felt inspired when “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” was released on Netflix. Today, she owns her own luxury home organization business, Tidied by K, and is dedicated to helping Atlantans in Buckhead and beyond take their home from a stressful space to their favorite place. Here, Williams shares pro tips for keeping a tidy home year-round.

Be intentional about the home you create.

Having an intentional home means you are cognizant of the goals you have for your home. It’s about making every choice—from furniture, decor and the layout to the experiences you allow in it—with a purpose that’s aligned with your personal goals and aspirations. Intention in your home looks like creating a living space that reflects your personal values and lifestyle, and also actively contributes to your well-being. When you focus your efforts and energy on creating an intentional home, over time, you’ll appreciate it more.

Focus on quality over quantity.

Invest in fewer, better things rather than filling your space with items that don’t add value to your home or your life. Incorporate emotional connection by selecting items that have sentimental value or evoke positive emotions to make your home feel more personal and comforting. For example, I love plants and books, so both are throughout my home.

Organize in a way that makes daily routines smoother and reduces stress.

Focus on organizational systems that meet these three requirements: functional, accessible and practical. You want systems that are simple to maintain day-to-day (practical), easy to access when needed and put away when not in use (accessible), and intuitive to help you and others to keep tidy (functional). When these are the requirements you stick to when creating an organizing solution, you’ll find it much simpler to keep a tidy home or space.

Adopt a spirit of letting go.

I know this one is easier said than done, but it’s a good practice to implement, even if you start small and build your skill over time. Being a good gatekeeper of what you allow (or allow to stay) in your home is key. Focus on letting go of things that do not serve you or your home.


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