Tips for Keeping your Home a Clutter-Free Environment

You don’t have to be wading through piles of junk in your home to feel closed-in and claustrophobic. Whether you live alone or with a busy family, your house will almost always build-up with unwanted items, junk letters and old bits  you’ve probably forgotten you owned. If you feel as though your home is due a de-clutter and you’re determined to keep it that way then here are some helpful hints and tips to get you started. 1) It seems like an obvious place to start, but it’s the most important – have a big clear out! Most people when sorting through their possessions don’t actually downsize enough to keep their home clutter-free. Start by donating, binning or selling any items you don’t need. This is also a good way to make a little bit of extra cash! Give yourself a general rule to go by if you struggle with knowing what to sell and what to keep. For example, set yourself a “one year rule” – if you haven’t used the item in a year or over then you don’t need to have it cluttering your home. Things of sentimental value are a little trickier. If you find you really can’t part with something, but that it’s not something you use everyday then utilize any storage space you might have, such as a loft or garage. 2) The best way to keep a tidy house is to identify the areas of your home that tend to be the most high-traffic. Kitchen counters, coffee tables and desks tend to be the places that accumulate the most junk. Think about what builds-up where and what storage solutions can be put into place to keep your house looking clear. For example, if the table in your hallway ends up covered in letters and junk mail then invest in a decorative box in which to store them. Do magazines and newspapers cover your living room? Treat yourself to a magazine rack to keep the clutter at bay. 3) The best way to keep a mess-free house is to get into the habit of tidying as you go along. Try to designate a place for all of your belongings and make sure you return everything to where you got it from! This will also help you keep track of items that always tend to go missing. If you live in a family home, it’s easy to get the kids into this habit by buying them a decorative toy box in which to store their things. 4) If you just can’t seem to shake your feelings of claustrophobia no matter how hard you try, then it might be best for you to create the illusion of space. Try a change of furniture to make small rooms seem bigger. If your living room consists mainly of bookcases or storage units consider replacing them with floating shelves. This will instantly make your room seem both lighter and airier. Similarly, if you have a flat-screen television then try swapping out your old TV stand in favor of wall-mounting. This will save floor-space and give your living room a bit of a makeover. If you’re still looking to make your rooms appear bigger, try using pale wall colors, curtains, carpets, rugs and sofas to give the room a lighter and more spacious feel. You can also create the illusion of bigger rooms buy purchasing and hanging mirrors to reflect space.

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