Explore seven simple ways to make your home feel less cluttered!
Everyone needs a place to rest, to recuperate, to rejuvenate and the recover at the end of a long day. A place to rest your feet, connect with your loved ones and to cook a wholesome meal. A place to call home. But what if that place is a vortex of chaos, a malaise of mess, a cacophony of clutter? Living in a messy, untidy environment is proven to cause us stress on an unconscious level – which can then spill out into everyday life. In this useful article, we’re going to explore seven simple ways to make your home feel less cluttered.
Invest in a Shoe Cabinet
A shoe cabinet can be a great way to reduce that cluttered feeling. Shoes strewn everywhere, either in the front hall or off to the side of a room can make a place feel messy. A shoe cabinet, strategically placed near your entranceway, means that everyone in the house has a place to put their shoes. A bonus tip – if you introduce a no-shoe policy for your home, meaning that everyone who comes or visits has to pop their shoes in the cabinet before coming any further, you’ll notice a reduction in the amount of dirt and debris that will accumulate on your floor.
Keep Benches Tidy
Bench spaces can be a magnet for clutter. Books, keys, wallets, watches and other small items love to gravitate to benches. Keep your counters free of clutter, and your home will maintain a tidy vibe.
Have a Place for Everything
One reason many homes get so cluttered is through a lack of storage and having places for things to go. If your shoes go in the cabinet, your keys go in a drawer, your coat gets hung up, your newspapers go in a rack, your books on a shelf and everything else has a place to fit you’ll notice less clutter. This may mean investing in some more storage solutions, but it is well worth it.
Another way to reduce clutter is to simply remove any items you no longer need or want. Be brutal here. A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t used or worn it in the last twelve months – out it goes. You can donate items to charities rather than simply throwing them out, so things don’t go to waste.
Store it Elsewhere
If you find you are unable to get rid of something that is causing your home to feel cluttered, for sentimental or other reasons, why not rent a storage unit and keep it there? You can always retrieve it when you have space or move somewhere more prominent.
Sell Off Items
You could be converting your old clutter into cold, hard cash. Get on Gumtree, Facebook marketplace and eBay and sell off your unwanted junk. You’d be surprised at how much extra pocket money you could make this way.
One In One Out
Instigate a one in, one out rule for your home. If you bring home something new, something old goes. Apply this rule to everyone in the house.
A Decluttered Conclusion
A shoe cabinet will help to reduce clutter in your house, as will keeping your benchtops free of random items. Make sure that there is a proper place for every item you have, and when it comes to getting rid of things, you need to be brutal. For things you can’t let go of – consider storing them elsewhere. Sell off your excess junk to make some money, and instigate a one in, one out rule. Good luck!