We’ve said time and time again that one of the worst ways you can decrease the size of a room by making  it feel smaller is to clutter it up. If you were to see the same size room, one of which is filled to the brim with furniture, knick knacks, personal items and endless decorations, while the other is designed with simple, elegant furniture and is clean and ‘stuff-free’…well I think you can guess what we’re alluding to here. The point is: clutter is bad, particularly for narrow homes where you need to make the most of every bit of space you have. The solution: declutter.

The phenomenon of decluttering is a lot easier said than done. However, if you follow some steps it can be achieved a lot more easily and have a profound effect on your home. So what is the best way to go about the decluttering process?

Before-and-After

De-Junk

Naturally, the primary cause of clutter is junk and the first step of recitification is to remove it. And the main tip to decluttering is being ruthless. A great rule to go by is if you haven’t used in the last year, it needs to go. There is no point in keeping items that simply sit in your cupboards, or worse on your floor or sitting in furniture, if it isn’t being used. Try to eliminate old items that have no use even if they hold some nostalgic value. Obviously keep things that are truly important or memorable, but be strict in only allowing yourself one box or trunk of such stuff. And when it comes to clothes, even if that jacket would be suitable one time if someone maybe threw a party with a specific theme: it’s still not worth it. Once you’ve culled all the junk in the house, in order to prevent it from returning, go by the rule that when you buy something new, something old has to go.

Communal Items

Some of the hardest things to keep control of are communal items or even personal items which aren’t stored in the bedroom. It is imperative to keep the entryway and the living room clear as these are common areas that everyone uses frequently and it make a huge difference if they are clear. Declutter by arranging areas for every item. Have hooks in entranceways for hats or jackets so that they can be stored vertically on walls as opposed to messing up other areas. Make sure you have clear (tucked away) baskets for both clean and dirty towels, have space for shoes in the entrance, shelves for book, and delineated storage areas for mail and electrical cords.

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