Change Your Space by Containing Clutter
There are endless home décor ideas that can make your home more functional, more beautiful and a true reflection of your best self. Sadly, none of those design ideas are effective if they’re buried under stuff. The single biggest thing you can to beautify your space is to get a handle on clutter and keep it to a minimum.
Clutter Begets Clutter
A popular ad campaign once showed that when someone sees a piece of litter on the ground, it feels more acceptable to add their litter. The same goes for clutter in your home. If you leave something out on the kitchen counter one day, the next day it feels acceptable to add to it because it was already untidy. This problem is compounded with each additional person that lives in your home.
The next thing you know, you’re clearing a tiny space to get dinner ready and feeling pretty resentful. Maintaining clutter-free surfaces is as much a mental exercise as it is a physical one. If you decree that it’s no longer acceptable to leave things lying around, eventually it becomes automatic to put things away when you’re finished using them. The people you share the home with, be they a spouse, a roommate, children or visiting guests, get the idea that this is a place where things are put away and (usually) follow suit.
Consider the “Stuff” Effect
When you have too much “stuff” it’s hard to stay organized. You spend a lot of time looking for things that should be readily available. You buy containers and boxes and labelling systems to try to keep a handle on your excess stuff. While you can find containers and boxes that fit with your home décor, there is no storage system in the world that can take the place of getting rid of stuff you don’t need.
There’s an old joke about how to eat an elephant, and the answer is one bite at a time. The same goes for a de-cluttering campaign in your home. It’s overwhelming to try to do it all at once, so instead try doing one drawer or one cupboard or one room at a time. Really look at the items in it critically. Ask if you need it, if you have used it in the last year, and if you even like it anymore.
Once you get the hang of purging, you might find it very cathartic. When you no longer worry about what to do with all your extra stuff, the interior design possibilities for your home are endless.