Thursday, 11 March 2010

Tips for de-cluttering your home

Step 1 - Act like you are about to move house. Take everything out of the room. (Do this one room at a time or the clutterbug just won't cope!)

Step 2 - Bring back the most important things for the room. For example a living room, the sofa, couch, chairs, TV, stereo, side tables etc.

Step 3 - Work out where all the important items sit within the space. Move them so the space flows and that you can move freely around the room. Then sit down and have a look around, breathe in, how do you feel? You should feel liberated and more at ease as you not having to fight with multiple colours and textures around the room.

Step 4 - Start layering. Select a few things at a time to bring back into the room to decorate with. Paintings, pictures, a vase, a rug, lamps. Do it slowly and feel how the space is changing. Pick out the best items that you want to show, don't use all of them. It is important that the room expresses the personality of the owner, but we don't need their whole life story in one room!

Step 5 - Stop! Yes, don't keep going. Less is better in a room. Put all the remaining items in storage until you are happy with the new space. Then after a few weeks, sort through it all, keep what is reusable, and donate the rest to a charity or sell it on ebay!