We all strive for a clutter-free life – as they say, a tidy home is a tidy mind. Minimalism has been a huge interior design trend since 2015, and the principles are timeless: live simply, declutter and let your living space breathe.
Bad habits aside, the principal culprit of a cluttered home is inadequate storage provision. It’s not just about how much storage space you have – the devil is in the detail, and smart organisation can work wonders for keeping your lifestyle clutter-free.
DIY drawer dividers
If you’re tired of rummaging through drawers and ending up with a bird’s nest afterwards, your drawers need to be divided. This simple accessory can be made at home – all you need is a few sections of wood or board, arranged together into squares or strips.
This is a great way to organise your possessions during your seasonal tidy. Sort items into three piles: one for keeping, one for throwing out and another for selling or storage. Then make sure all items in the ‘keeping’ pile have a set space in your wardrobe, drawers or kitchen cupboards.
In fact, this principle can be extended through all storage spaces – create dividers for pan lids in your kitchen, or purpose-built racking to fit your vacuum cleaner perfectly.
When every item has a home, it’s harder for clutter to get out of control in your living space.
Shoes are a key offender in the clutter wars. We all have shoes we want to keep tucked away, but still need to access easily in the mornings.
Shoe racks can take up space – so if your wardrobe base has limited room, consider fitting a shoe hanger. These nifty solutions let you store multiple pairs where one would sit in a shoe rack – while offering the structure you need to keep things organised.
In fact, there are many ways to manage shoe storage – whether you prefer your shoe collection tucked away or on display, making a statement.
Utilise your furniture for storage
Purpose-built storage spaces – like wardrobes, cabinets and drawers – can take up valuable space in your home, shrinking the feel of rooms.
By utilising the essentials – like dining tables, sinks and beds – you can create secret storage space that keep your home looking trim.
Invest in a storage ottoman as a stylish centrepiece that doubles up as a secret storage space, or treat yourself to a new bed from Divan Beds Centre. Storing freshly-pressed bed sheets and cushions helps to keep the room organised, your linen fresh and may even help you to sleep better.
Make smart use of shelving
Shelving raises items up and away from the floor – a simple trick to create a clear and airy floor space. Statement shelving is itself a great way to create style. Pair books and baskets with leafy house plants – and remember to leave space between items.
Less is so much more – you’ll be surprised how decluttering can revamp your whole lifestyle.