THE IDEA OF LIVING A CLEAN, SIMPLE LIFE FILLED FROM CLUTTER IS AN EXTREMELY ATTRACTIVE PROSPECT TO MOST PEOPLE, UNLESS PERHAPS YOU’RE AN ANTIQUE COLLECTOR! IT’S AMAZING HOW QUICKLY THE SMALLEST OF SPACES CAN COLLECT USELESS ITEMS AND EVENTUALLY END UP DRAINING YOUR ENERGY. IF IT DOESN’T ADD VALUE TO YOUR LIFE, THEN DON’T HOLD ONTO IT. READ ON TO DISCOVER OUR TOP TIPS ON HOW TO DECLUTTER YOUR HOME AND HOPEFULLY DECLUTTER YOUR MIND!
Expand Cabinet Storage in the Kitchen
When it comes to storage space, it’s what’s inside that counts! In the kitchen, try to maximize your cupboards by customizing the insides – either by mounting a rack onto the back of the door, or attaching sticky hooks that can hold essential items such as cling-film or tin foil.
Use Wall Space
Rather than take up valuable cupboard space with big and bulky pots and pans, be clever with your empty spaces. Hang up hooks and pegs so that you can display your kitchen utensils – not only does this create more room in your kitchen, but you can also create a beautiful aesthetic through the use of copper pans and matching utensils.
Throw Out Expired Products
Make up. Suncream. Hair conditioner. So many random items end up with the bathroom as their final resting place. Go through all your various products and check the expiration dates to see which may be well past their sell by date – you might get a few surprises! Also discard any products that you’ve grown out of, or you just don’t like anymore.
Keep Towels Easily Accessible
If you find that your home is short on cupboard storage space, then instead find a solution that is warm and inviting! Use a towel warmer, such as Crosswater’s assymetrical Wedge design, for the ultimate stylish statement. Plus, is there anything better than stepping out of the bath and into a warm, fluffy towel?
Below the Bed
If you’re tight on storage space elsewhere in the home, then consider buying a bed that provides handy under-the-bed storage, such as an ottoman or a divan. This is the perfect place to store out of season clothes in vacuum storage bags, or spare bedding, or extra cushions. Button & Sprung’s range of storage beds provide a tidy solution for every style of home.
Marie Kondo-Inspired Clothes Organisation
Take everything out of the drawers, and ask yourself – does it belong in the bedroom, and have you used it in the last year? Most importantly, does it bring you joy? If the answer is yes, then fold it and tidy it away neatly. Divide and conquer your storage with space with handy drawer compartments. Think more classics and fewer throwable clothes – the aim is to be minimal.
Discard old-fashioned paperwork and Post Its. Instead, use the Evernotes app on your phone and Google Docs for a free online storage app.
Leave Room To Grow
If you fill your bookshelves to the brim, then you won’t have any room to continue growing your collection! Try to leave at least 10% of each shelf bare and dust-free.
Detangle Cords and Cables
Between laptops, phone chargers and desk lamps, it very quickly becomes easy to have a tangled spider’s web of wires underneath your desk, getting caught in your feet. Instead, find a cable box to keep things tidy, or use decorative tape to label cords for easier use.
Clear the Coffee Table
Coffee tables are the focal point of most living rooms, and it can be all too easy to cover it in candles, books and flowers. However, if you really want to embrace the minimalist look, then try to keep it as clear as possible and instead choose a coffee table with drawers or shelves below the surface.
Give away your leftover items – to friends, to charity shops or to clothes banks! That way, your belongings will be getting a new lease of life and you don’t need to feel so guilty about decluttering. We wish you luck – let us know how you get on!