The start of a new year is a great time to declutter your home and open up your space physically and visually. You’ve stored the holiday decor for another day and you’ve been thinking about where those new gifts will belong in the house.
Decluttering can reduce stress and boost your mood, according to surveys. It can even make your home easier to clean and help reduce allergens.
Whatever your reason for reducing your possessions and junk piles, you could approach it the way an interior designer would. This can give your home a look and feel that is more open, tidy, and welcoming.
- Only keep items that are functional, beautiful, or personal. Let your possessions earn the right to take up space in your home. Do not let guilt manipulate you to keep something that is not working for you or your space.
- Create systems and storage for your clutter zones. Reduce paper clutter with digital apps and create a space for items that come and go from your home (keys, wallets, mail, items to donate, etc.)
- Assess accessory pillows and multiple picture frames. These clutter the visual space, make cleaning take longer, and pillows end up on the floor.
- Clear the kitchen and bathroom counters. This makes your kitchen feel more open and cleaner and the bathroom feel more like a spa.
- Hide electronic devices in drawers. Our wireless devices require many wires. Rig them up in drawers or cabinets or set up an attractive charging station.