The wonderful, beautiful thing that happens when you rid yourself of the things that don’t see your worth? You make space in your life for all the glorious things you deserve.” -Mandy Hale
It happens to all of us. One day, we wake up and realize that our home, our sanctuary, the single most place in the world that we’re meant to feel cozy and comfortable, is full of things that instead make us feel claustrophobic and out of control. Clutter. The word itself inspires enough dread to make us peer out from behind the shutters to check for the camera crew from ‘Hoarders’.
As a woman with lots of experience walking into all sorts of homes, I want to assure all of us that we’re not alone in accumulating this. It’s as though we have this innate talent whereby we can stroll into a HomeGoods for a place setting and leave with five picture frames, four candles, a set of rooster salt and pepper shakers, one full-length mirror and a dessert platter that we would just die without. But if one day you wake up with an irrational fear that your houseguests will mistake your living room for a Hobby Lobby, you might be ready for some of the tips below. Click the first photo to begin. Enjoy, and best of luck!
To de-clutter is to be overwhelmed. Going one room at a time will break the process down into more manageable parts. Slow and steady wins the race.
Be relentless in the closet. Ask yourself, “Is this dated blouse a good reflection of the person I want to project? Will I wear it again and feel amazing if I do? Have I even worn it in the last six months?” If you’re remotely unsure, toss it.
If your clothes are only slightly used, donate them to someone who will appreciate them again. I recommend The House of the Good Shepherd for items for women and children, or Amvets for the whole family.
When in doubt, the general rule of them is this: “Love it, or Lose it”. You will be amazed at the results.
The kitchen is the busiest room in the house. Keep the counters clear. Centerpieces should be simple and clean. A vase of flowers or a decorative bowl of lemons are easy on the eyes, and the pocketbook.
Nobody needs to see the toaster, blender, mixing bowl and coffee grinder sitting out. Keep them in drawers that are easy to access when you need them. The fewer the appliances, the larger the counter space. It makes all the difference.
Electronics are a part of our lives, but that doesn’t mean they have to clutter up our kitchens. Stick a power strip to the back of a sliding drawer for a discreet way to charge your tech gadgets in an electronics drawer.
This type of seating is functional as it is lovely. In place of a standard table, opt for window benches that open up for storage underneath the seats. This is exceptionally useful in homes without mud rooms.
A quick and easy way to stay organized in the pantry is to pour dry ingredients into clear containers. This will save money on accidental double-purchases at the grocery store as well.
If your cabinets are exploding, put your walls to work. Install beautiful shelving to display your better glassware and dish sets.
No room to install shelves? Standing shelving can be both decorative and useful. Great for covering bare walls in kitchens and dining rooms, while also housing items that would have otherwise been crowding cabinets.
The bathroom can become easily cluttered, but it’s the easiest room to de-clutter in a pinch. Store toiletries in stackable woven baskets, leaving the top basket empty for magazines, candles. or a decorative vase with flowers.
Bathroom drawers should be cleaned out, or at least looked over, once a month. They’re the place owners most easily go blind to, and can be full of unpleasantries. Keep them looking great with a simple drawer organizer.
Even smaller bedrooms can be made to feel large with the right furniture and decor. Keep the floors clear and the color palette rich and cohesive. Throw pillows draw the eye, and can be stored in a chest or trunk at the foot of the bed, instead of on a bench, when not in use.
Consider building space into rooms that need it. A bookshelf as a headboard can be beautiful, and practical for storage.
Everyone has a tiny room somewhere. Don’t let it become a clutter stronghold. There are plenty of ideas for transforming small spaces. Pinterest is a great place to start.
There is more than one way to de-clutter. Don’t be afraid to get creative. After all, it’s your space. Make it a reflection of you.