how to create a home that's good for your brain

Physical clutter does some pretty shifty things to your brain, according to research by neuroscientists at Princeton University who showed that clutter increases stress hormones and decreases performance. UCLA research has also shown that clutter overloads your senses and impairs your ability to think creatively. So consider these tips on minimalising your home not just styling tips but ways to improve your headspace.

It should either be of great use or of great beauty

my mantlepiece is a carefully curated display of things that have meaning to me... like the bunny, a memento from my trip to Queenstown, and the photo of The White Tower in Thessaloniki, my mum's home town

If you haven't used something in six months, you never will. Edit and re-edit your belongings like a curator with a tight budget until you possess only utility and/or beauty.

Storage is the crack of the 21st century consumer

via here

Whatever possessions don't fall into either of the two categories above should be donated or sold. Storing them will only end in the need to reorganise later, again and again.

Consolidate & Multi-task

photo by wolfgang stahr

Do you really need 20 kitchen towels and 5 mixing spoons? I drink water from wine glasses and use a recycled wooden crate as a side table and foot stool.

Clear the floors

photo by emily beetleshack

Besides essential furniture, your floors should be completely clear. Cluttered floors are like clogged bowels.

Clear the benchtops

see more of this house here

Only keep the bare essentials, those used daily, on top. This creates a serene landscape. Cluttered benchtops are akin to indigestion.

Re-prioritise your time

by it's beautiful here

Once the decluttering process is complete and you've ceased cleaning stuff you don't like and buying things you don't need, leisure time will reappear. Use it wisely. Rediscover hobbies, hang out with friends and family more. Go see the world around you.


  1. Such stunning rooms! I will definitely have to implement some of these tips in our newly renovated home! Thank you so much for such an insightful post!

    1. Maria @ The Society Co.July 20, 2015 at 9:40 PM

      Thank you Kate, glad you found the post useful. We're renovating at the moment so am keeping all these things in mind as we go. Good luck!

  2. This is the number one hurdle for me. I have started but I still have a way to go.

    1. Maria @ The Society Co.July 24, 2015 at 3:15 PM

      It can definitely be very challenging to let go of your things. Keep at it though, the end feeling is liberation!

  3. This post has inspired me to declutter and re-organise my room, thanks :)

    1. Maria @ The Society Co.July 24, 2015 at 3:16 PM

      So good! Glad to hear :)



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