Are you waging war on clutter? Are you trying to keep a clean and tidy house, but struggling to stay on top of toys, gadgets, and books? If you’re keen to rid your home of clutter for good, here are some top tips.
Make use of the space you have
If you have a problem with clutter, you need to make the most of every corner you have available. You don’t want to fill every wall or every inch of flooring, but there are some really nifty ways of maximizing small spaces. Think about how you could use areas that would otherwise be redundant, such as the space underneath the stairs. You could add a cupboard to store your vacuum cleaner, brushes, mops, or cleaning products. Or if the space is open, you could as a desk and some shelves and make a bijou office area.
If you have small rooms, and you don’t have enough space for boxes and tubs, take advantage of the walls. You can use wall-mounted units or even turn an alcove into a cupboard to tidy away books, DVDs, and CDs or display photographs, ornaments or plants.
If you have a garage or a loft, these offer incredible storage opportunities. You can make them even more useful by fitting units and rails to hold everything from tools to outdoor clothing.
Shelves are so useful, especially if you’re struggling to contain clutter. They don’t take up much space, and you can fit them almost anywhere. If you’re a dab hand with a drill, don’t worry. You can hire a handyman or get a relative who’s keen on DIY to help out. You can use shelves in the kitchen and study to display books, fit some in the bathroom to hold your lotions and potions and use them in the living room to hold accessories like vases, frames, and candle holders.
Don’t be a hoarder
One of the main reasons people accumulate clutter is being unable to throw things away, even when they don’t want or need them anymore. If you’ve got broken toys in the playroom, DVDs you haven’t watched for years or wardrobes with doors hanging off, be ruthless. Have a clear out once or twice a year, and don’t hold onto anything you know you’re never going to use again. If you have a lot of stuff that you don’t use now, but you don’t want to throw away, consider renting a storage unit. This way, your possessions will be safe, and you’ll have a lot more space at home.
If you’re surrounded by boxes, toys or pieces of furniture, you may be worried that you’re never going to win the storage war. But you’d be wrong. No matter how much stuff you’ve got, there are always solutions to storage problems. Look for innovative solutions in home stores, and maximize the space you have. Hang some shelves, fit units in the garage, and make the most of loft space. Try not to be a hoarder, and have a good clear out if your home is packed to the rafters.