There are definitive links between clutter and mental stress, as well as, in some cases, even illnesses such as anxiety and depression. Extreme cases of clutter, known as hoarding, may not only cause mental stress, but also manifest as physical ailments.
In this article, we’re going to equip you with six ways in which you can create more space within your home and become more organized at the same time.
- Get Rid of Old Items
At some stage, every person reading this will have had a moment of not wanting to get rid of something. The reasons could range from these jeans may fit me again or even though I’ve never used this ceramic mixing bowl, my best friend gave it to me as a wedding present ten years ago, and anything in between. There is a rule of thumb that states: if you haven’t used it in a year, you’re not likely to use it again. Hosting a yard sale is a great way to bid farewell to pre-loved items, freeing up space within your home, and earn some cash for a luxury item, like a new car or a log cabin for the garden.
- Store Remaining Items in an Organized Manner
Once you’ve decluttered, create even more space within your home by storing the remaining items in an orderly, organized manner. For example, if you have a collection of recipe books, they should be stored in the kitchen so that they’re easily accessible when making a special meal. They’re not coffee table books, so they shouldn’t be in the lounge. Another excellent storage solution is transparent plastic caddies; your items are protected from the elements, yet the contents are still visible when you need to find them.
- Move Outdoors
A trend that is gaining popularity is having a multifunctional space outside. Many people are erecting log cabins or summer houses in their gardens which serve more than one purpose, such as a home office, and spare accommodation for visitors, or a relaxation space with both books and audiovisual equipment. This is a great way to create more space for your family within the home itself, allowing you some privacy to complete a task, whether professional or personal.
- Utilize Space Optimally
The advent of so-called ‘tiny houses’ has taught people how to maintain an orderly environment within a limited space. You could install pull-out drawers in the stairs, or store your washing machine and tumble dryer in a cupboard, with shelves on the inside of the doors to organize your detergents and fabric softener.
- Hang Mirrors & Use Light Colours
Mirrors not only add an aesthetic feel to a room, they also make a space appear larger due to the light that they reflect. If you place the mirror opposite a window, it will also add to the airiness of the room. Painting a room in an earthy shade, or using light, textured wallpaper will also give the illusion that a space is larger than it actually is.
- Use the Wall
Mounting the television on the wall will create more space in your living room because there won’t be a bulky TV cabinet on the floor. You can put trunking on the wall to keep the wires neat, tidy and hidden from view.
These are just a few tips to help you create more space in your home. You can search for more inspiration online. The key, however, is to make your home a safe, comfortable space.