When you begin decorating your home, you have a picture in your mind of how it should look. You imagine the perfect furniture pieces, accented with art and decorative objects that invoke just the right expression of your personal style. Once you actually put everything in place and begin to live in your home, though, reality sets in. Why doesn’t your home look like the picture in your head? One word: clutter.
It’s nothing to feel ashamed about, because everyone has clutter. In fact, it’s even ok to have mixed feelings about decluttering. You may be emotionally attached to some of the things cluttering up your home, which makes it hard to get rid of things. Unfortunately, too much stuff obscures the pieces that should be getting the most attention. How can you tame the mess and keep the focus on your beautiful furniture?
- Start with a system. It can be helpful to sort everything into three boxes. One box will be for things you want to keep, one for things you want to get rid of, and one for those you want to put into storage. Once you’ve narrowed things down, decide which things are for donating and which need to be thrown out, then find a place for everything you’re keeping.
- Take your time. It didn’t take one weekend for your house to get cluttered, so don’t expect to conquer it all in one afternoon. Instead, take it at your own pace, making conscious decisions about where to put things, and working to develop better habits along the way.
- Find practical storage solutions. Take a critical look at your home, and find ways to make the most of your available space. Can you install additional shelves? Is there vertical space you’re not using? Once you’ve found places to keep your things, group like items together, keep things within easy reach of where you’ll use them, and label everything.
- Analyze your actions. The first step in creating a more orderly life is to define your clutter personality. If you can figure out why you hang onto clutter, you’ll have a better chance at stopping yourself next time you’re about to make a misstep. Ask yourself why you’re holding onto something, and if you can’t come up with an answer, it’s probably time to let it go.
- Establish tidier habits. Prevent “clutter creep” by only purchasing high-quality items with a clear purpose. Get in the habit of putting things away as soon as you’re finished using them. Throw away things that are broken, rather than imagining you’ll fix them at some point down the road. When you create habits that eliminate clutter before it starts, you’ll spend less time cleaning house.
- Camouflage your clutter. The right storage furniture can fit easily into your décor, allowing you to stash clutter without requiring separate fixtures to store it. In addition to using attractive baskets and bins that fit in with your décor, consider using storage ottomans and coffee tables with hidden storage in the common areas. In the bedroom, why not choose a bed that doubles as storage, or an armoire that increases your closet space?
- Remember that part of decorating is subtraction. Look critically at your furnishings to determine if there’s anything you could remove or use in a different area. When a room isn’t overcrowded with too much furniture, it will feel more spacious and open.
- Pick furniture that warrants attention. When the furniture you choose is something sure to wow your guests, you’ll be more inclined to keep it from getting cluttered. You don’t have to be a minimalist to keep things tidy, either. Even cozy spaces can be tidy when the only things left out are the accessories that make the space truly yours.
When you’re ready to redecorate your home, FFO Homes wants to help you outfit it in style. With FFO Home’s great deals on furniture, you don’t have to spend a fortune to find beautiful pieces that perfectly suit your style. Visit our website to contact us and see our ideas for comfortable, stylish pieces that are also affordable, or call 800-635-8001 today to find a location near you.