If you’ve ever sold a house, chances are that one of the first things your real estate agent suggested to you before putting the house on the market is that the house needs to be de-cluttered. And, chances are, that you were surprised to hear that.
Very often we are not aware of how cluttered our homes have become. It’s full of sentimental objects, cherished mementos, and comfy furniture, but surely that doesn’t add up to clutter.
Or does it?
It can be a challenge to learn to recognize when you have a clutter problem on your hands. At the risk of stating the obvious, the basic rule of keeping a space clutter-free, is to — well, keep few objects visible and taking up space in your home. There are several ways to achieve this, ranging from basic storage solutions to interior design strategies.
Storage: Keeping as much out of sight as possible
There are so many small items that we use every day and then just leave lying about the house: magazines, gloves, scarfs, shoes, keys, remotes, cell phones – the list is quite long. However, there are also many storage options on the market today designed to serve both as an attractive feature to a space as well as a hiding place for this daily clutter.
Baskets are especially versatile as convenient storage. They come in many different sizes and designs, and can store a variety of items: clothing accessories, toiletries, and even dry groceries in the kitchen. Consider buying a few baskets in the same size and colour and line them up for a punchy visual.
Alternatively, a seating bench in the hall can hide a multitude of items, as well as provide a convenient seating place for family members putting on shoes or winter clothing.
Become your own editor
Once a year, go through your space and think about each object in it. Is it really necessary to have it there? Is it useful or decorative? If you can’t decide, have an unbiased third party help you think it through. Then, either store the objects you are willing to live without in the attic, or give them away to a thrift store.
There can be too much of a good thing
One of the more common decorating mistakes is using too much of any accessory, such as prints, pillows, photo frames or other ornaments.
Accessories do add character and personality to a space, but when you go overboard, the result is just an overwhelming feeling of clutter. Keep it simple. If you know that your tendency is to pile it on, place as many objects as you would like in a space, and then force yourself to remove half.
Embrace blank spaces
Not every nook and cranny in a space needs to be filled with a piece of furniture or an accessory.
Consider adopting that old mantra less is more. When a space is overly decorated, it not only feels cluttered, but also claustrophobic.
Match up the scale of your room with the size and quantity of the furniture
Furniture should be proportionate to the size of the room. Small rooms should have small furniture, and large rooms should have larger pieces. Multi-purpose furniture is a great solution to make small rooms feel bigger and uncluttered.
These five tips will help any space, whether large or small, remain uncluttered during even the busiest of months. For more information, talk to our team.