Clutter is the enemy of comfort, and it becomes an increasing problem as your family grows and your living spaces get busier. All these excesses will turn a well-designed and neat room into an inhospitable place and can even affect your health by inciting stress. Fortunately, you don’t need to live in a sea of clutter so long as you keep these decluttering strategies in mind.

The Practice of Putting Away

It’s easy to leave items that you’re using just lying wherever you are, especially if you’re in a hurry to do something else. This is where clutter begins and ultimately becomes the foundation of a messy and uninhabitable room. Putting away things when not in use isn’t so much a strategy as it is a practice you should follow. Whether it’s a broom, book or an article of clothing, be mindful where you took them from so you can return them.

Broken Items Need to Go

It may seem like a no-brainer, but many have a difficult time getting rid of damaged or broken items – especially if they have sentimental value. Keeping these can drive up the clutter in your home and the fact that they are damaged means they will look messier, too. If it’s not possible to restore these items, then you need to get rid of them. Alternatively, you can place them in storage where they won’t clutter your room.

Storage Space

There are many storage options to choose from, ranging from simple baskets to large containers. These should be used sparingly in each room as you don’t want to fill it completely with your bins and containers. The standard bedroom usually requires two or three storage containers for miscellaneous items and knick-knacks while larger ones will need more. Don’t store everything in one container though; organize where each item goes to, so they don’t end up messy. You may also want to consider multi-functional storage that doubles as furniture or decorative pieces for your room such as Ottoman chairs, beds, and benches. The Ottoman bed, in particular, is a great investment as it’s essentially a full-size bed with an under-mattress cache where you can store pillows, clothing, and electronics when not in use.

Cleaning Your Room

Make it a habit to clean your room regularly. Dirt, dust, and debris all contribute to clutter and makes organising the room more difficult, too. Make sure you get those hard-to-reach places such as shelves on the walls and the closet. If you’re having a difficult time storing your new clothes or displaying that new item on your shelf, chances are there’s some debris preventing that so clean it up. We recommend you set a day all for cleaning at least once a month. That way, you have the whole day to focus your efforts on cleaning and getting rid of all the clutter in your room.

Lessen Wall Clutter

Clutter isn’t just the mess of items strewn about your room. There’s also visual clutter, which is when there are too many decorative elements in the room with no cohesion. The walls are particularly susceptible to this kind of clutter as it’s the easiest part of the room to decorate. In fact, most people go overboard when decorating them without knowing they are contributing to the overall clutter of the room, Since the walls are among the first things you see when you enter your room, they make an immediate impression that sticks. Avoid filling the walls with too much decorative stuff. Instead, stick with one décor that will serve as your focal point and primary decorative element. Canvas wall art is an excellent choice as your new decorative piece will become the centre of attention on the wall. Unlike framed pictures and photographs, these have a three-dimensional look to them – popping out from the walls instead of lying flat on it.

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