When it comes to decluttering your home a lot of people go straight to the idea of a minimalist home. A space with white walls, one sofa and barely any decor. It’s hard to part with things you’ve loved for so long. But you can still declutter and have a cozy home without going to the minimalist extreme. After all you still want to feel like you live there. So a few accessories and items are important.
Decluttering your home is just a way of streamlining and organizing the items in your home. So you are free to enjoy your home. Here are a few ideas to keep in mind to declutter without completely throwing out everything you own!
1. Keep Things You Love
This might sound an obvious one, “to only keep the things you love” but most of the things is your home you probably loved at some point or another. That’s why they’re there. The key question is do you love it as much as when it first came to live you?
Is it still useful? Functional? If any of the answers are no, it’s time to find a new home for it. Donate it, pass it on to someone you know will appreciate it. Or time to say goodbye for good.
Put your most loved items out in the front and centre as the main focal points. Other items can be safely organized and stored away out of sight.
2. Vertical Space
Make the most of the vertical space in your rooms. Especially if the rooms are on the small side. The more the wall space is maximized the less things are kept off the floor. Just keep in mind the depth of the shelves as you don’t want them to take up any more room than necessary. The shelves should be in proportion to the space.
3. Closed & Open Storage
After decluttering, storage is the most important factor in a home. Finding the right balance between closed and open storage is completely personal and factors in your family and living style. What works best for you? You might choose to store the majority of things behind closed doors with only a few open shelves.
Where there are any open shelves use those areas to display the things you love the most. Keep it simple so there is less chance of building it up as a stacking area. For floor to ceiling open shelving you might want to mix it up a bit and use some baskets and lidded boxes.
4. Multi Functional Furniture
Any kind of furniture that doubles up as a storage unit is a bonus. Sofas, benches, coffee tables and built in’s are a great way to keep the clutter at bay.
Let me know what your ideas to declutter are in the comments!
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