Is clutter taking over your home? Not sure where to start? Check out our ultimate guide on how to declutter your living space.
1. Identify the areas
The most common cluttered areas will always be the living room and kitchen. If you live in a home with other relatives like grandparents, parents and children, the bedrooms are also included as well.
2. Out of sight, out of mind
Keep your mess away from prying eyes by using more concealed storage. Wooden boxes are great for display and hiding your items.
3. Finding a place for each item
Organise and store things you do not use often in hidden storages such as beneath the sofa, behind the doors, under the stairways, and maybe under the bed as well. Things we use often should be close by so that it is easier to see and grab. Decorations belong in glass cabinets or shelves at eye level for an easy view.
4. Keep less
Use smaller storage space. The bigger the storage, the more things you tend to keep. You’ll end up with things you do not need now nor in the future.
5. Cutting clutter
Go cubic. Organise your things sideward and upward. Make use of your furniture placement to create storage spaces as well. Use closed-door storage units to create a clean space. Keep everything aligned and grouped.
6. Label everything
Label your boxes, files, and even open shelves for an organised space. Do it in a creative way – use a chalk to write on the wall or use icons and pictures as labels.
7. Hide and seek
Stand at the entrance of the space. Start decluttering on surfaces you see first, such as on the table, cabinets, sofa and floor. Then, start going for hidden areas – inside the cabinets, under the sofa, and in the corners of the room.
8. Play time
To keep the kids’ room neat, store their toys in lightweight bins on a low shelf or specific area. This encourages them to keep away their toys themselves.
9. Show off
Flaunt the more notable items by having more open shelves.
10. Giving is caring
Don’t want to trash your unused items? Clean up the items and wrap them into nice boxes to give away as presents.
11. Don’t pile up
Resist the urge to pack in items on every shelf. Stick to a clean look by mixing up shapes. Step back to evaluate the balance of your arrangement. Make sure the accent accessories match the room’s colour scheme.
12. Print, please
Adding wallpaper to the back of the shelves creates a unique look and is a fail-proof way to personalise your divider or bookshelf.
13. Say cheese
Take a before and after photo of the room. Seeing results motivates you to keep it up to move on to the next room. Remember to reward yourself with a nice meal or a small house gathering when you’re done.
14. Honey, I shrunk it!
Some beds come with built-in storage. Use compact vacuum bags to store bedding or other extra pillows at a fraction of its normal size.
15. Look up
No space for a bedside table? Use the space above your bed and fit in a built-in storage cupboard.
16. Synchronised system
Use coordinated hangers for a clean look so that your cupboard looks more organised.
17. Simple sliding
If you live in a small house, consider replacing traditional closet doors that swing out with sliding screens instead. This will save you more space.
18. Reason to reflect
Get cupboards with glazed or reflective unit fronts. This works well because the reflection will add to the illusion of more space in the room. Extra lighting installed inside the units also increases the illusion of depth in the room.
19. Matchy matchy
Storing your matching sheets together in the linen closet can help you save time. Use this easy trick – tuck a sheet set inside one of the pillowcases, and then stack it according to size or by room.
20. Easy as ABC
Introduce height-friendly cabinets, especially when it comes to the kitchen for easy accessibility of equipments. This also helps to free up the traditional narrow kitchen space with extra height.
Multitask. Finding time to declutter can never be easy. There’s always a period when you’re waiting for your soup to boil or for your show to resume after advertisements. Use these times to declutter smaller areas like your kitchen tabletop and your coffee table.
22. The big clean-up
Do it during your spring-cleaning time. Schedule it to fall ahead of a holiday occasion, where you will have time to do it with everyone in the house. It’s also best to do it before a big event such as a new family member moving in or out from the house, before renovation, or a change of furniture so that you can prepare more or reduce storage spaces to avoid clutter.
23. Questions to ask
Remember the 4Ws and 1H questions: What you need to store, where would you need to use it, when you need to use it, who will use it and how would you store it. The answers to these questions can help you decide if you need a new storage system.
24. Mobile stools
Replace traditional chairs with versatile stools. It comes in the perfect size to be tucked away and can be pulled out during a dinner party.
25. Mount magazines
Save floor space by installing a wall-mouthed magazine rack. This also doubles up to store your house bills and letters.
26. Shopper’s regret
It’s not necessary to shop for new products you “suddenly” need but you might want to consider reorganising the existing ones instead. Placing the right things at the right place will reduce a lot of frustration and time searching for them.
27. Hook up
Bulky pots and pans take up a lot of space. Put them on display by hanging them up on S-hooks or a rack.
28. Going up
Most kitchen cupboards are not well-designed and the upper half of the compartment has a lot of wasted space. Build a vertical space with these mini shelves equipped with legs.
29. Living Green
Live plants make great home accessories and can even be key design elements on its own. It can double up as room dividers and keep your room from feeling too cold. A standard foliage houseplant is great because it requires low maintenance and is easy to design around.
30. Vibrant visuals
Store your spices and sweets in a glass jar to give your kitchen a sense of comfort and cheer. Guests will immediately be able to tell that it’s a working kitchen and is also a visual feast for the eyes.