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Tuesday, 08 January 2019 11:40

8 Steps to De-Cluttering Your Living Spaces

Outdoor Privacy ScreenIt’s just amazing that even the smallest place inside your home can be put to efficient use by proper management of spaces. And this so-called “proper management” basically means de-cluttering, although there are a few things that come after that. Instead of enjoying the living to its fullest, many of us just take deep sighs and say “What a mess!!!” when we see our living room or kitchen or hallway. The prime unavoidable fact is that an interior house witnesses drastic changes very suddenly during the day to day activities. That is ok, but it becomes all the more important after that to emphasize on getting rid of the unnecessary pile-ups.

Here are a few ideas to work on.

These are activities leading to a fresh start after the disappointing interference of clutters. Here we mention some omnipresent articles that you frequently come across.

1.    Sorting things into groups, keep them or donate

First, decide what you want to keep and then keep it somewhere else than its previous spot. Or you may donate or throw it if felt unnecessary. Caution is that don’t get carried away while choosing what to keep. Be ruthless and be precise. You have an option of selling cluttering things for some money like extra furniture, electronics or game equipment.

2.    Take care of the broken things

Broken things are somewhat annoying for interior décor. If you can fix them, it’s good. But try to get rid of them if they are of no use and let go of the feeling that you could have used in some way.

3.    The sofas

Sofas are the hotbed for clutters. Underneath them, on their sides, on top of them everywhere there will be something unnecessary. Sometimes there are more than needed cushions on them, sometimes the number of sofa covers exceeds from what it deserves, many a time the sofa table is full of trash like pens, old magazines, electronics that can be kept in their place. Just put the things on their place instead of piling everything up on the sofa. We know that everyone likes to cuddle with their handy things while watching TV or having a conversation, but look what this behavior has done to the décor.

4.    Books

They are everywhere if you have students or working people in your house. Do not forget about the magazines when you are thinking about books. Magazines are more susceptible to reckless usage than any other book. Remember that there is no old magazine on the sofa table, porch sitting area or dining table. Sell the old magazines or give those away to the recycling facilities.

Now talking about books, you should use shelves of customized design to narrow down the book-keeping places. Like the living room can have open shelving fixed on the wall just opposite the TV or on its both sides to hold books arranged in an orderly manner. Apart from giving definition to your room those shelves with books are eye-catching if alternated with showpieces like glassware with flower, art collection and sculptures.

5.    Furniture

The centerpiece of inner space is the set of furniture. You may have seen how people get carried away by their comfy setting that they forget how many chairs or tables are there in the room. Places prone to such anti-décor attack are a kitchen, living room, and courtyard, etc.

A solution is to get rid of extras and to arrange the existing needed ones smartly. Selecting smart furniture is the best option available. Smart means that can do multiple works such as provide you with more storage and take less area to get settled. Savvy furniture with a secondary use as storage is useful. Shelved coffee table holding a basket for magazines on the lower shelf, sofa cushions that fold up to give you enough space to keep leisure books, kids bunk beds that have an area below the mattress to hold their stuffs, kitchen cabinets that are shelved in the inside for small articles, study tables with drawers on the sides to keep your papers, mirror table that holds shelves behind the mirror etc. are some ideas that can prove revolutionary in de-cluttering work.

6.    The illusion

One way to enhance the spacing effect is to use more mirrors. They give a sense of space with the reflecting light. Mirror placing should be opposite your favorite things that you won’t get annoyed while seeing. Secondly, the use of artificial palm trees or faux plants has many time proved to be providing a sense of nature indoors which is indeed refreshing in an organized environment. Other options may be of silk flowers or artificial ferns that have the same effect on décor.

Other ideas to create an illusion of space is to use unused areas such as underneath the bed, behind the TV, under the sink table in the bathroom, multipurpose dining table. Dining table with drawers underneath can function as storage for separate things. You can use the underneath of a sink to fix a closet to keep your towels. TV table should hide all the wires rather than just cluttering all like the noodles. Hang artworks opposite mirrors rather than hanging them elsewhere.

7.    Cleanliness

Clean frequently the nooks and corners where you know dirt will settle usually. Take out the unsettled clothing out of the hanger closet, have a woven bin for the dirty laundry, keep the kitchen sink clean, dust the electronics as they are often ignored.

The cleanliness drive will give you a feeling of freshness wherever you go in your house. It will also be helpful if you keep a few plants inside as they help keep the air clean inside. Wash the window curtains regularly and keep the windows open to let some fresh air in. Storage spaces like drawers and cabinets should stay clean. Remote and neglected areas should be focused like the lampshades, curtain rails, switchboards, glass panels on artworks, etc. No one can teach you how to clean your personal space unless you figure out ways by yourself.

8.    The habit of self-awareness

Always think before keeping things randomly. If you leave the magazine in the bathroom that you were reading while being in the hot tub, you may fill the cabinets with these in a month. Putting things not belonging to that space is reckless. Try to be specific in key materials that you use frequently and are precious like the car key, mobile, keys of the closet, laptops, etc.

It’s a habit that will help you live up to the expectations of enjoying a well-organized inner space.

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