Wondering how to begin decluttering your home? Here’s how to tackle the toughest areas of your house.
Take a mental inventory of what you see, and write down how the room makes you feel. Then, close your eyes and imagine what you want your new space to look like. Write down how the new vision makes you feel, and place this in a prominent spot as a reminder of what’s to come.
If you stick to the process, you will reach your goals.
Create a do-it-all entryway
The entry is a sneak peek into the rest of your home, so you want it to be a functional space that also makes a statement. This area tends to become cluttered with miscellaneous items that don’t make it too far past the door. Organize the entry space to handle daily in-and-out items. Cover one wall with blackboard paint so you can leave reminder messages, or add fun hooks and shelves to keep keys, mail and other items sorted.
Make over your home office
A cluttered office is more likely to serve as a dumping ground than a functional work space. Give this area a “space-lift,” and you’ll feel the difference immediately. Get rid of furniture and miscellaneous items that are broken or nonfunctional. Then, brighten up the room using paint and a colorful rug. Find useful objects such as desk accessories and file folders that speak to your personality — to make even the most mundane tasks a little more fun.
Donate unused food items
The kitchen can be one of the easiest places to organize. Start by going through the food in your pantry. Box up unwanted items that haven’t been opened and aren’t expired, and take them to your local food shelf. Next, go through your tableware, pots and pans and decorative kitchen accessories. Donate anything you aren’t using regularly or don’t love. Giving makes the letting go a lot easier.
Your home should reflect your personal style. If you are using furniture that was passed down to you, make it your own by painting it a new color or swapping out hardware such as drawer pulls. Don’t let sentimentality bully you into keeping items that are just not you. If a hand-me-down isn’t working for you, let it go, and make room for a piece that you really love.
Inventory your closet
Organizing closets is a great opportunity to take stock of how much stuff you own versus what you really use. Pull all the items out of your bedroom closet, and sort them into like categories. Then, get out similar items stashed under beds or in a spare-bedroom closet. Once you have items in a single place, it’s hard to ignore excess and duplication.
Clean out your medicine cabinet and linen closet
Just like food, medicines and cosmetics have a shelf life. Check expiration dates, and toss anything that’s past its prime. Sort through your towels while you’re at it, discarding rough, torn or stained ones or repurposing them as rags.
Celebrate your accomplishments
Every time you accomplish a decluttering goal, find a way to recognize it: Take a walk, enjoy a treat, or put money in a jar for a night out.
Tips for decorating with mirrors
A leaning option
Consider leaning mirrors as an alternative to those that are wall hung. Utilize mirrors to highlight architectural elements like fireplaces.
Go big or go home
Larger mirrors help to fill space and add a sense of drama.
Try vintage charm
Consider the unexpected like a mirror that is antique or ornate. Antique mirrors hung as a pair help to create drama and elegance in this parlor room.
Create a series
Try hanging mirrors in pairs or in a series. Mirrors hung in a series help to elongate a hallway.
Pay attention to light
Use mirrors in spaces that don’t receive much light. Small mirrors in a grid can also help reflect light.
Experiment with mirrors made of different materials or finishes. Try unexpected shapes such as squares. Mix artwork with mirrors within the same space to create interest.