Decluttering your entire home can be quite the task, even with tips from professional organizers like Marie Kondo. We’re here to break down the decluttering process into manageable steps. Every little thing counts so start small with just one room or certain space. It’ll be so easy and satisfying to see your progress room by room. It can be difficult to stay organized in the chaos of daily life, but these small steps will make a real impact on your quality of life.
Here are a few of our favorite interior design ideas to ditch the junk drawer and declutter your home.
1.Redesign Your Pantry
One of our favorite parts about offering interior design services in Central Oregon is helping people find functions for spaces that they might not have already considered. One of these ideas is to redesign your pantry.
Often, these areas are just wire shelving or a kitchen cabinet without a lot of usable storage space. By taking all of that out and adding custom cabinets or even special shelving, you can really find a lot more use for holding food items and kitchen tools than you previously thought was possible.
Another tip is to check the expiration dates on all of your food items. Old, unused perishables can lead to excess clutter in your pantry.
Don’t have a pantry? Sometimes a nearby closet or even a painted armoire cabinet can double instead.
2.Add a Stylish Mudroom
As an interior design company in Bend, we get a lot of requests from clients to add a mudroom to either their garage or laundry room space. These areas are great for catching coats, backpacks, shoes, mail, and whatever else you have that collects right by the front door.
All you really must do is decide on a small space to double as your mudroom. Add a bench for putting on shoes, a few cubbies or cabinets with storage bins, and hooks for hats or other items. If you have pets, consider adding a place for leashes or other accessories.
Finally, add a good washable rug for catching dirt from shoes or water after a rainstorm. The result? Less clutter at your entry point and an easier way for the whole family to find what they need before leaving the house each day.
3.Bring in Furniture Storage
The living room can be one of the most difficult spaces to keep clean on a daily basis. The hardest part of decluttering is often maintaining your work. A decluttering tip for this space is to pick up items daily and find creative ways to store the essential items. Furniture with storage is a clever way to keep your living room clutter-free. They provide extra space for your family members to store their belongings with an attractive appearance. That’s why a lot of the newer style ottomans and even sectional sofas include storage bins underneath for items like books, blankets, and whatever else you need to tuck away. No more filling your coffee table with unnecessary clutter.
Bookshelves and storage containers also work well in a home office. The great part about using these items for additional organizational space is that they’re interchangeable. If you decide one day that they aren’t necessary, they can always be replaced with something new.
4.Add Bathroom Storage
Neat storage is functional, soothing and attractive. You can begin your bathroom organization journey by going through places like a medicine cabinet and other storage spots that become cluttered with household items. Look through these items and separate them into groups of things you want to keep, toss, or donate. Unwanted items in good condition can be donated to a thrift store to free up storage space. Medicine past the expiration date should be thrown away. One of the easiest ways to maintain an organized bathroom after you declutter is to give items a designated spot in a drawer organizer. Adding a specific cabinet to the wall or set of storage drawers along an empty corner can really work well. And there are even ones designed for ultra-tiny spaces, too.
Removing clutter from your home can seem like a daunting task, but following these decluttering tips can help provide a long-term solution to the issue. Less clutter means less stress, which leads to a happier life. Marie Kondo writes, “The objective of cleaning is not just to clean, but to feel happiness living within that environment.”
Your declutter journey does not have to take place overnight, but starting with one room like a home office, bathroom, or living room will get you on the path to having your ideal home.
Home Remodeling in Central Oregon
If you feel like the current layout of your home doesn’t meet your family’s storage needs, it might be time to consider a renovation.
Please contact our Complements Home Interiors team today to schedule an interior design consultation or to ask questions that you might have about the process