I’ll admit it, I like my stuff. I actually have quite a bit of junk I’ve kept over the years, and for some insane reason instead of getting rid of it, I just keep it around. I’m nostalgic that way.
Still, when I come home from a long day at work, the last thing I want to do is clean up my stuff. Sometimes, I get exhausted just looking at the clutter that I give up and just let it pile up until I can’t take it anymore.
Once I get to the point I can’t take it anymore (and I always do), I change everything around and make my home feel less crazy and more welcoming again. Here are ten little tricks you can use (tried and true) that will help you get the energy flowing in your space again.
#1 Clean Your Space
Probably the most mind-numbing chore on the planet is cleaning the house. As a working woman and a single mom, I don’t always have the time I need to finish up three loads of laundry and do the dishes every day.
Still, if you want to make your home feel less cluttered, you have to keep on top of the little chores. Make your bed in the morning, put the clean clothes in the closet and do the dishes. It’s amazing how small chores make your place look instantly cozier.
#2 Donate Old Clothes
Speaking of laundry, there’s no reason you need your clothes from the seventh grade. One of my worst habits is keeping clothes I can’t even fit into anymore and buying clothes I never actually wear.
Get rid of the clutter and make more space by donating your old clothes (if you haven’t worn it in a year, you’re not going to) and organizing your closet.
#3 Symmetry is Beauty
If your furniture is placed in random spots in the room, then you’re home is not going to have a good flow. Open space and symmetry is important for a space to feel welcoming and cozy.
Don’t keep furniture you don’t need, make sure your furniture is space appropriate in size (you can’t have a seven foot couch in a nine foot room), and arrange your furniture to be more appealing and open.
#4 Put All Papers Away
If you’re anything like me, then you throw your mail on the table and look at it two weeks later. I know, it’s a terrible habit, but one that’s very easily remedied. Instead of throwing your mail on the table, get yourself a small basket and put it on top of the fridge. Put your papers in the basket and then go through them at least once every two weeks to avoid excess clutter. This also helps you keep up to date on your bills.
#5 Color Coordinate
If you want to make your home cozier and less cluttered, it’s important to color coordinate. You can’t have pastels and paisleys together. You shouldn’t mix Tex-Mex with Modern Art décor.
Make sure your fabrics are all color coordinated and your décor is coordinated to your furniture. If you have to purchase a sofa cover or decorative sheet to put things right, then it’s worth the few extra dollars to do so.
#6 Keep it Simple
One of the easiest ways to get rid of clutter is to live simply. There are so many things people really believe they need in order to survive, but in actuality they would be just fine without it. For instance, I would love to stock my counter with sleek new kitchen knives, a high-tech blender and all kinds of cool gadgets, but I know that the chance of me using any of those things is very, very slim.
Get rid of things you don’t need and won’t use. Just donate it or give it to a friend (which is great if you need to borrow it later). Also, don’t go overboard on knick-knacks and decorations in the living room and bedrooms. Simple is clean.
#7 Hang up Paintings
One of the best ways to make your home feel cozier is to hang up paintings or pictures. Blank walls are dull and boring and they are never inviting. Put up some art and you’ll instantly feel the transformation from dull to dazzling!
#8 Set out Candles
Candles are a quick, cheap and easy fix for your home. One of the best ways to make your home cozier and less cluttered is removing the big, bulky décor and putting out some pretty candles.
You don’t even have to buy the expensive kind! I have a set of small, multicolored brandy glasses I put a few battery operated taper candles in (no wax and no fire hazard). They look beautiful and really brighten up the room!
#9 Add Throw Pillows on the Sofa
A few colored throw pillows add some warmth to your sofa, so don’t leave your furniture blank. Comfy pillows equal comfy people. If you find a nice cozy blanket to throw over the back of your couch, you can do that as well. I have a solid black futon (it was cheap and black goes with everything) that have a couple of throw pillows on it. It is just as inviting as my last sofa, but now it matches my décor, easy and affordable.
#10 Add Shelves
I’m a total book hog. Even if I never read the books, I will buy and collect them and stack them in random places around my apartment. Seriously, it’s a sickness. In order to make my home look less cluttered and more organized, I have to invest in a few shelves. You would be amazed at how perfect shelves are for keeping your clutter under control!
If you have an apartment and can’t paint the walls (like me), then this also adds some more depth to the room and makes it look brighter and more interesting visually. It’s much cozier than random stacks of books on the floor.
Making your home feel cozier and less cluttered doesn’t require a lot of money, it just requires a little bit of time and upkeep. Clean out the closets, get rid of the junk, and then simplify your space. So tell us, what things do you need to change in your home?