And we’ve all at some point of time in our lives promised ourselves that we’ll get to decluttering, adding the goal to our list of resolutions at the beginning of each new year, only to forget about it as the weeks fly by.
Often time, it is the perception of decluttering as a very long and tiring task that deters us from getting down to it. But the reality is this: decluttering can be very easy and quick to do. Just by following a few simple steps, you’ll be able to turn your home into a calm and relaxing environment. And after a long and hard day’s work, you deserve to have a peaceful space to recharge in.
We’ll start with the living room, the space we tend to inhabit the most (and also most likely/often use as a dumping ground).
1. Make your furniture work harder for you
Be practical and look for furniture with built-in storage so you can easily access items that may otherwise make your living room more cluttered. For example, you could use a coffee table that has drawers or a shelf to keep remote controls. Or you could get a wooden chest or rattan trunk that can not only be used to store items such as DVDs or magazines, but can double up as a small side table for a lamp beside the sofa. Ottomans are also fantastic for additional storage space.
For storage that can be easily moved around the room depending on your needs, look for baskets with handles; these will look great beside the sofa or coffee table or in an alcove corner, and can be used for newspapers or your kids’ toys.
2. Don’t be afraid to use cupboards and open shelves
Storage doesn’t only have a functional role; you could use it to give your living room a whole new focal point. Cupboards help close away storage items that make a room look too full, hiding them from view and giving you clear clean ‘wall’ panels.
Alternatively, if you find closed cupboards too sterile, you can use open shelves to display possessions that reflect your personality. Floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall shelving can help create a striking feature that is unique to you. if your room doesn’t have the floor space to accommodate a bookcase or a freestanding unit, you can opt instead for a wall-hung shelving unit.
Be careful though, that you don’t clutter your shelves and overwhelm your walls. Be selective and choose your most treasured possessions to display.
If there are too many colours in your living room, it will make it look overcrowded. A good rule of thumb is to keep small rooms light, with darker colours restricted to larger rooms.
And while we have discussed the importance of storage, note that there can be such a thing as too much storage, because we often see clutter and think the solution is to buy more storage.
So be careful you don’t go to the other extreme and over-crowd your living room by rushing out to buy a whole truckload of new furniture with dual-storage functionality. Clear out your existing storage furniture and units first, then think about what additional furniture you may need.
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