When you surround yourself with mess, chaos undoubtedly follows. But when you live in a tidy and organised home, the sense of calm and an increase in productivity fills a room.

“When you put your house in order, you put your affairs and your past in order too,” shares Japanese organising consultant Marie Kondo in her best-selling book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Here’s how to get started:

Clean and cull

First step, you need to be ruthless. Kondo’s method, known as KonMari, encourages people to rid themselves of anything and everything that does not ‘spark joy’. The philosophy is that when you surround yourself with things that bring you happiness, your home becomes a power spot filled with pure energy. Look for things around the home that you haven’t touched or thought about in years and get rid of them. Then, go that next step and ask yourself whether you really want/need/like other items and donate all things that you don’t need anymore.

Find a home for everything

Assign a designated home for your possessions – have a place for everything, and put everything in its place. Not only will it make tidying up more efficient, but by having minimal items out in the open, your home will instantly feel less cluttered. Don’t forget to label boxes so you know where to find items when you need them, and clue in the rest of the household to where they are so they don’t ruin your organised system!

Do a quick tidy every day

Once everything has a home, tidying up at the end of the day before bed should be a breeze. It’s when you let the mess get out of hand that the task of cleaning up becomes too daunting to even begin. Quick, two-minute tidies daily will make it bearable and manageable, and will ensure every morning you wake up to a pristine setting.

Write it down

Put pen to paper to help clear a cluttered mind. Jotting down thoughts, appointments and tasks can help you stay on top of your daily schedule and chores, and helps your to-do list feel more manageable when you tick things off as you go. Having a calendar for the whole family to see and use will also keep multiple schedules in order for a chaos-free week. Top tip: Assign tasks to others – sharing the load will make your errands feel more achievable.