Be honest! Have you considered purchasing a storage unit for those items you just don’t know where to stow? Are you contemplating this additional space because you began to organize your odds and ends and became completely overwhelmed? My friend, you are caught in the wheel of clutter and must quickly get off to create a clear vision for your new design.
It will be impossible to visualize a new space if it is still cluttered with unneeded belongings from the past. Moreover, if not dealt with, this clutter will trap you into spending additional money on larger furnishings to house un-used items.
Try these simple tips to cut clutter and save money:
Tip 1: Create Good Karma by Using the “Get One and Toss Two Principle” – For every gift you received this holiday season, toss out two equivalents. Donate it and help your community. Recycle it and help the earth. Sell it and help yourself or chuck the broken relics you know you don’t need. This frees up space to enjoy the excitement of your new possessions. This is a simple and painless way to declutter for the New Year and help someone in the process.
Tip 2: Sort, Store and Simplify “The Stuff”– Concentrate on one room at a time. Are the drawers packed tight or closets crammed with stuff? If so, the solution is sort, store and simplify. Start by going through the drawers and sorting out the items. My strategy is, if I haven’t used it in a year I probably do not need it, so I refer to Tip 1 and create good karma.
This year I have decided to work on my mudroom, my daughter’s playroom, and my linen closets. I embarked on the linen closet first for a small victory. I realized I had twenty crazy colored, mismatched, old and dusty towels crammed in my closet. Now this is extreme! but I simplified my stack to one color, thereby improving the look and as an added benefit, I decreased my need to do additional loads of laundry as well as my need for towel storage space.
Tip 3: Contain and Control– Utilize higher closet shelves to place items not used frequently. Place your items in storage containers with lids and don’t forget to systematically label your containers, preferably with a label maker so you can find items after they are stored. Organization is a beautiful thing!
Tip 4: Avoid “Paper Mountains”– If your community is anything like mine, I am bombarded daily with a million magazines and coupon flyers in addition to my regular mail. Paper is a problem! The mail keeps coming and it piles up in our office, bedroom, kitchen, and before you know it, it has a space of its own in your home. I would suggest you eliminate the paper mountain by picking up the mail from the box daily and immediately throw out what you don’t need and digitally scan items you want to keep.
Now that your space is clutter free you will be amazed at how clear your mind will be about your redesign. If the ideas are not flowing, utilize home décor magazines and websites to help you create inspiration for your space.
If you still have a creative block, secure a professional designer to help you bring your dreams to life. JUST DO IT! Spring is approaching fast. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy a glass of rosé in your fabulous new room.
Elegant Concept Interiors can help you step off the clutter wheel. Interested in a design consultation? Email Renee@elegantconceptinteriors.com .
Renee Miller, Elegant Concept Interiors, Designer
Neat Method, Organizational Consultant
Rosie Mendoza Photography