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24 June 2014

No More Clutter: How To Make Your Home Look More Spacious

As life gets busier and more hectic, our homes tend to reflect our erratic frame of mind. With so much to do and so little time to do it, it’s very easy to let things be, and in no time at all, you feel like the walls are closing in! Unwashed dishes, clothes on the floor, books strewn on the desk, unnecessary ornaments that you used to like – it’s no wonder you’re tripping over yourself trying to navigate your way through everyday life. Never fear – there are solutions to your chaos! A big part of de-cluttering is to organise your belongings using cabinets, shelves and other means of storage – check out to gather some inspiration. Tackle one room at a time, and before long, your home will look and feel more spacious than ever before!

The kitchen

Everyone has a drawer full of utensils and ‘thingamajigs’. Chances are, you don’t even use half of
them. To identify what you really need, take a box or plastic tub and transfer everything from the drawer into it. Over the course of a month, whatever you use from the box, goes back into the drawer. At the end of the month, what’s left is probably not going to be used again. Donate them to charity!
When it comes to appliances and other gadgets, only leave out on your bench top what is used on a very regular basis. Everything else should either go into a cupboard, or purchase a stand-alone shelf/table and store them there. Establish a ‘triangle’ – the space between your fridge, the sink and the stove, and store your most used items within this area.

The living room

Yes, the living room should be for ‘living’. But since when did your ironing board come out of the laundry room and take up permanent residency in your living room? The room needs to include only the traditional items – sofas, chairs, coffee table, entertainment system etc. Be sure to always place DVDs back on the shelf or cupboard, and books back on the shelf when not in use. Too often, these things are left lying about on the coffee table or floor. Fight the urge to adorn every surface with ornaments and every inch of the wall with pictures. Less is more. One or two are fine.


If your bedroom is on the small side, avoid using bulky duvets for your bed. A tower of pillows is also excessive (why do you need all those pillows when you’re only going to throw them on the floor?)
Is your closet bursting at the seams? If so, you need to take a good look at your clothes and shoes. If you haven’t worn an item in a year or more, you’re unlikely to wear it again. Give them away (unless it’s a ghastly pair of parachute pants from the eighties). Another way to tidy up your closet is to practise the ‘in- out’ rule – for every new item you get, give an old one away. The same principles apply to your drawers.
Once you put your mind to it, re-organising your home is not a difficult task. Envision how you want each room to look, and work towards making that vision a reality. Once you’ve sorted one room, the improvements will spread to the rest of the house, and it will only get easier. Ask yourself, ‘Do I really need this?’ If you hesitate, you obviously don’t!

Have you got any tips to clear clutter?

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