Being in a clean, clutter-free space can create a peaceful and happy environment. It also helps boost productivity and creativity. However, sometimes we get so caught up in the everyday grind that we forget to take the time to keep our spaces clean and organized. If this is happening to you, here are five quick tips on how you can refresh your space:
1. Tackle one room at a time
If you have a lot of clutter in your home, you can easily overwhelm yourself if you try to tackle the entire home or apartment at once. Instead, take five minutes to do a quick once over in one space or room and list everything that needs to be done. Create actionable tasks that can be completed in an hour or less so that you can get started right away
2. Install ceiling and wall mounted lighting and storage
Simple lighting is the key to brightening up any space. If you don’t have the money or space to install chandeliers and pendant lights, you can use wall-mounted fixtures that highlight pictures or artwork. The flooring in your home can also be freed up by utilizing wall-mounted lighting in place of cumbersome floor lighting. Additionally, wall storage that is raised away from the floor can free up valuable space in smaller spaces—think wall mounted shelving, bookshelves, entertainment units, spice racks, and pots and pan storage.
3. Free up space by digitizing memories
Digitizing your old photos is a great way of decluttering your space. Instead of filling your home with printed photos, framed photos on coffee tables, and photo albums in book cases, you can store cherished photos online in digital format. It allows you to access them on any computer or device you own. You can also consider digitizing some of your books and documents. Doing this can create a lot of space in your home office and save you from carrying and finding storage for these physical items.
4. Utilize multifunctional décor
A storage ottoman or bench can get used for showing off your favorite art pieces, storing shoes and umbrellas, and also pull duty as extra seating in your home. Many bed frames also come with drawer storage underneath. Look for under stair storage and furniture that allows you to tuck away seasonal or lesser used items, like bedding and heavy curtains.
5. Employ the 90/90 rule
The 90/90 rule states that you should donate an item if you have not used it in the past 90 days. If you have difficulty figuring out which items to donate, utilize this rule to simplify the process. A closet organizer is also helpful in identifying items you don’t need. If you are too sentimental, consider getting a storage unit to move little used items outside the home. This way, you can keep these items for the future and still declutter your space in the present. A dumpster rental is also a great way to remove broken furniture, sheets, rugs, appliances, and other items that no longer work but are cluttering up your home. Another great way to declutter is to hire a junk removal company to do away with items just taking up space around your home. These companies pull up a truck, pick it up and remove items, so you don’t have to worry about managing the disposal process on your own.
Getting rid of clutter is one of the best things you can do for your home comfort and mental wellness. Follow the above tips to revive your space and make it more lively, pleasant, and productive.