Who says spring is the time for cleaning and de-cluttering? We think fall is the perfect season for it as we settle in for colder weather and more time in our homes. Whether you are selling your home, or just rethinking your surroundings, we think it’s always a good time to simplify. As daunting as the task may seem, when you break it down to simple steps, you’ll be amazed at how quickly your home transforms.
- Go through your home with a few cardboard boxes in hand. If you haven’t used an item in three months, put it in the box. This goes for clothes, shoes, even kitchen appliances. Be ruthless, because you’re not getting rid of it—yet. Now, close the boxes and put them out of sight for a few weeks or even longer if you still can’t part with your items. If in a few months, you haven’t missed it, it’s time to crank up the theme song from Frozen and “let it go”!
- Invest in some storage that’s easy on the eyes. And no, we don’t mean an off-site storage unit. Inexpensive baskets hide remotes and magazines that keep your living room from feeling tidy. A few porcelain boxes and baskets for makeup and toiletries will have your bathroom looking streamlined and spa-ready. Don’t forget the bedroom: under-the-bed storage can keep your closet free of off-season clothing an shoes.
- Get creative with your clutter. Just because you want to keep dozens of old paperbacks doesn’t mean you need to have a visually cluttered bookshelf. Stack them vertically, with the pages facing out and the spines hidden, and top with a piece of pottery or other objects d’art. You can even remove the dust covers from hardbacks and group them by color, turning a busy jumble into a decorative addition to the room.
Create a new house rule: for every item that comes into the house, one must leave. This will keep your closet fresh and uncluttered, your décor streamlined, and your cupboards manageable.