Let me see, you’ve got some stuff in your living space that is taking away from the aesthetics you once created in it. Maybe it’s the kid’s stuff, maybe it’s the spouses, or maybe it’s your own stuff that never found another home space? What’cha gonna do?
I’ve seen this happen all too often, and it usually begins with walking in the front door and dropping stuff off nearby. The situation continues as it becomes a dropping place for many other things now – like returns to the store, gifts you purchased, bins filled with donation items, and so on.
Pretty soon, that open space is no longer open space – it is now clutter space. In my article”4 Easy Ways To Give Your Cluttered Home A Space Lift” you’ll see my method in clearing clutter, and you may want to start there. Because that’s the first thing that needs to be done – removing stuff that doesn’t belong in the area.
After that, here are ways to reclaim and re-create your space.
1. Place decor on furniture surfaces
Placing a plant or candles on a side table and maybe even a fish bowl or something doesn’t leave a lot of room for dumping other stuff on it and is the best way to avoid clutter build-up.
2. Create a ready-to-go table setting
Adding a vase or planter on a dining table and some table settings, for instance, will claim that space as a dining area – not a dumping table.
3. Decorate your living room furniture
Put decorative throw pillows on sofa and chairs to avoid furniture dumps.
4. Re-decorate your bookshelves
After the clutter is taken off the bookshelves, you can now make them a showcase of books, photos, and decor items.
5. Give your home work area a quick makeover
You can add some style to your work area with some new stylized desk accessories, and also bring character and personality to the area with some wall art, new shelving for extra storage space, and maybe even a plant or florals.
6. Reclaim your kitchen counter space
Find space in cabinets for the food, or add wall shelving for it, but get it off your counter (unless it is in some decorative jar or basket. Same goes for the abundance of small appliances sitting there that you don’t use frequently.
7. Turn your bedroom into a showroom
Your bedroom can be a sanctuary place. Dress up the dresser and bed tables with some decor and functional storage-type items.
8. Make your own bathroom guest-friendly
Yes, it’s your own bathroom, but make it LOOK like a guest bathroom and keep minimal items in view.