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8 nifty ways to get rid of clutter at home

May 5, 2016
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A disorganised and messy home is not only a symptom of stress, but also its source. Maximise your life and gain a healthy perspective on consumption by following these tips.

Having too much furniture at home can make the place feel smaller because stuff attracts more stuff and as you add more pieces, you tend to fill them inside and out.

Yet, clutter isn’t just tangible; it’s psychological, too.

When there is an excess of things in your environment, the mess restricts your ability to focus, you become frazzled and can’t process information as effectively as you would in an organised and neat space.

It’s a fact that most of us have a little clutter here and there. But the truth is, many of us have more than just a little! Here’s how to filter out the “white noise” of clutter and take back control!

1. Evaluate then toss

First things first, go through your things and categorise them into four groups: necessary, reusable, store, and donate. Anything else, toss–don’t reorganise! Reorganising usually means shifting things from one part of the room to another. You are likely to do the same six months down the road when you’re spring-cleaning, so if you have not used something in a year, it’s likely you won’t have use for it–ever.

2. Use multipurpose organisers

Over-the-door hanging racks are so interchangeable and space-saving! Not only can they be used to store shoes and toiletries in the bathroom but also nail polishes or your children’s small toys! (Read: 13 Ingenious Organising Tips and Tricks.)

3. Be realistic

This is especially so if you have humans under the age of 12 living under the same roof. There will always be a little bit of clutter with children around…so relax. That’s why to reduce the junk pile, choose quality over quantity. Wooden toys are more practical than plastic ones because they can be kept longer and have better mileage.

Another idea is to get clear storage boxes which can slide out from under your child’s bed and open at both ends so your little ones can always have easy access to his or her items.

Fixing up a home with a baby in the premises? We got you covered.

4. Choose smaller furniture

Similar to dieting where you use a smaller plate to control your portions, cut down on your storage spaces. Instead of having a walk-in closet or using 30 hangers, force yourself to use a smaller wardrobe and you’ll find that you start thinking about consumption differently.

5. Barter with yourself

Resist the urge to buy things in bulk despite the savings, so you can enjoy more of what you consume. To take a step further, when something comes in, another thing must go out. In the long run, you may find yourself limiting your buys or stop buying some things altogether.

6. Practice low-cost reuse

The only time you should keep old things is if you’re reusing it for another purpose. Empty baby food jars can be used to hold spices, pill boxes are great for organising jewellery while clean knee-high stockings can be used to hang your raw garlic or onions.

Multi-purpose furniture pieces are also big space-savers, so choose them when shopping for home items.

7. Streamline bedding

Your queen-sized bed and bedding accessories can sometimes create visual clutter. Consider scaling back and opting for a smaller model. Bedding wise, go for plain pieces in a limited colour palette as they are interchangeable and create better visual harmony.

8. Maintenance mode

Getting rid of clutter is only half the battle won. You still need to conduct regular reviews of your place for clutter maintenance. Physically write a note on the calendar and set an alarm on your phone to remind yourself of this date.

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