It’s that time of year where I keep seeing the word ‘declutter’ everywhere. The problem is I like clutter, I am a hoarder, an archivist, a museum curator in waiting. BUT that doesn’t mean I like my home to be a mess, so how can you keep on top of things without having to get all minimal?
1- I like a shelf full of books and nik naks, but in order to ensure my things look good I do need to keep numbers under control. I now realise I don’t have to everything on display all the time, I can rotate them so I get different looks for different seasons. Get your curator hat on and think through your displays – try and link items with a theme; be it colour, shape, TV series (just me who has a Dr Who collection?!) or era – to create a cohesive look rather than a jumble sale feel.
2 – Make sure there is a home for everything, then when you are tidying round everything has somewhere to go, rather than just creating piles of stuff on the floor to fall over. Good storage is your friend. If the floor is clear, the room feels bigger, even if the walls are covered with shelves heaving with joy. And speaking of walls, plain white really is best if you want to have a myriad of items on display – they show up better that way! (Tho I do love a bit of busy wallpaper on occasion too!)
3 – Toys I can part with. Unless they are MY toys – yes, I have a collection of sci-fi geek and punk rock idol dolls, they aren’t going anywhere – but my kids unused, unloved or grown out of toys – they can go! TOP TIP – Do not sort toys with kids around. As soon as you put a toy that has been untouched for months into a box to give away, it suddenly becomes the most fascinating thing your kids have EVER seen. Do it when they are asleep or out, then get it out of the house and down the charity shop before they notice. NB Remember not to pop into that charity shop with your kids for the next few months, or you will have to buy back what you gave away.
4 – Keep on top of things, but in bite sized pieces. One shelf at a time is one of my favourite methods. I take everything down, give it a dust, and put it back arranged nicely, switching things out sometimes. And remember even us collectors end up with items we no longer love – if you don’t love it – bin it, sell it or donate it. Then you can justify buying something else right?!
5 – Be proud of your eclecticism. OK, you are no minimalist, but that doesn’t mean your house can’t be beautiful – many of my favourite interiors shine with the character of the people who live in them. Clutter can be beautiful too, keep it dusted, keep it displayed beautifully and it will win my heart faster than any empty minimal space ever will!
Really the key thing we are all looking for, whether we are clutter lovers or minimalists, is that airy feeling of space. Like I mentioned in my tips above, for me, a clear, preferably freshly hoovered floor makes the room feel big and tidy. You can also utilise things like mirrors to reflect light around the room, or you can use what space you have wisely. Everest have come up with some ingenious bi fold doors (seen below) that cleverly create the illusion of more space. These would look AWESOME in place of my patio doors and would really bring the garden inside in the Summer. (Summer, how I miss thee!!).
Are you a clutter lover like me or a minimal kind of person? Everest would love to know your tips for creating space and de-cluttering, and they have offered my readers a chance to win £150 of John Lewis vouchers. Simply leave me a comment with your top tips, then complete the rafflecopter form below to make sure your name is in the hat. You can also gain extra entries by following Everest and myself on social media – check the rafflecopter form for details.
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