A happy home adds a lot of joy to our lives, but a cluttered home can detract from that. It’s easy to acquire a lot of things as we go about our day, but it’s important to make our homes clean and relaxing.
An unexpected visitor, a home appraisal, or relatives coming to stay can increase stress levels if you don’t stay on top of a cleaning routine. Here are some tips from Cape Ann Auction on how you can get rid of items you no longer need and start showcasing the items that bring you joy.
When we have limited space, the appearance of clutter may be more noticeable. But if you can’t get rid of many items, you can get creative and expand storage without taking up room. For instance, you could replace normal furniture with pieces that have concealed compartments, like ottomans or storage beds.
Likewise, if pots and pans are overwhelming your cupboards, you could use wall pegboards as vertical storage, or add rails to the sides of cabinets. Pots and pans you don’t use often don’t have to be stored in the kitchen, either. If there is more room in the basement or closet, that would work, too.
Do you have items gifted to you which take up space without adding value to your home? They might be hand-me-down clothes, scented candles you dislike, or other items. You may have kept them out of guilt, but when done sensitively, re-gifting these items can allow you to show affection to family, friends, and loved ones while repurposing an unused item. After all, you were given these gifts out of love, but you gain nothing from them if they’re just collecting dust.
Organize, Organize, Organize
A lack of organization can be one of the leading problems for generating clutter. With good systems, you can correct this problem, and sorting through your clothes is a necessary step. To start, empty your closet of everything and create piles by type, then refine by most, least, and never used. Donate or sell these items and apply the same strategy to other similar objects in your home.
This approach can be applied to your entire house, such as the nightstand in your bedroom. In fact, the solution for these areas might be as easy as removing unused items, such as candles or makeup, and adding dividers to bring order to chaotic drawers.
Consolidate and Showcase What You Love
Another source for a cluttered home is duplication, which can be apparent in every part of the home. We might have an endless supply of batteries taking up drawer space, or multiple rolling pins that we don’t actually need. Get rid of unneeded duplicates or gather them together in convenient storage (like all your batteries in one big baggy).
You may need extra spare pillows, but do you need extra blenders or graters? After your declutter, look for high-quality statement pieces, like those sold by Cape Ann Auction, to show off to guests.
Keep Things Tidy
Finding the right approach to decluttering is crucial to success. Fortunately, it can be as simple as adding new storage-capable furniture, re-gifting presents, and ridding your home of needless duplicates. In time, you can transform your cluttered home into a spacious place of peace!