How to de-clutter your home

A place for everything and everything in its place

Clutter is what makes the rooms of your home look messy and untidy. One of the main principles of Feng Shui for decorating and cleaning homes is to keep clutter to a minimum. Naturally there will be times when clutter is necessary when you are working in a room, such as cooking in the kitchen.

De-cluttering is essential if you have your home on the market and have prospective buyers coming to view it. They don’t want to see all kinds of things on the counter tops and table tops. It will give them the impression that you don’t care about cleaning the home.

Clearning away the clutter does not mean putting everything out of sight, such as opening the closet door and tossing everything in. What it refers to is making sure that the small items are not just tossed here and there, that the room looks clean and tidy and that you know where things are when you need to use them.


Step 1

Take a look at each room

Stand in the doorway of each room of your home and survey the scene. Imagine yourself as a visitor and try to adopt the mindset of what this person would think about each room.

Are there items of clothing and objects all over the place? Would it be better if you had a storage area for these items? Imagine what the room would look like without the clutter and start from there.

Step 2

The kitchen

Kitchen countertops, table tops and the top of the refirgerator are the common places for clutter in a kitchen. When you start to de-clutter, start with the countertop. Even your essential items such as toaster and mixer are bot needed all day long. Find a place in the cupboard for them.

In order to put things away in the kitchen, you may have to re-arrange your cupboards. For the cupboard where you keep your pots, pans and bowls, fit the small ones inside the large ones. When re-arranging the food cupboard, place the tins of food on the same shelf and the food in boxes on others. This gives you room to stack the items and thus, gives you more rooom.

Drawers in the cupboards can become clutterred as well. Tidy these up and you will find that you do have room for objects that you usually keep on the counter.

After each meal, clean off the table and replace the cloth or decoration that you use. When the table is clean it becomes an inviting place for you and your visitors to sit and dine.

Most of the clutter that finds its way to the top of the refrigerator is junk — papers that you think you may need and then forget about. Clean off this surface and throw out anything that you don’t need. If the items are important, find another place for them.

Step 3

The bathroom

The countertop of a bathroom vanity is usually not that big. The normal items found here include a soap dish and toothbrush holder. Toothpaste and your toiletry items can easily be stored in baskets in the drawers of the vanity. If you don’t have a vanity with drawers, a medicine cabinet with a mirror will provide you with the space you need.

Keep the towels on the towel rack and if you do need to keep shampoo and soap on the bathtub, place it at the end where it can be concealed by the shower curtain.

A small wire rack with several shelves is a good idea for storing towels and face cloths in the bathroom if you want to have extra on hand.

Step 4

The living room

The coffee tables are generally the main cluttered areas of the living room. Each day, dust off the tables and the lamp. If you have books or magazines, use a magazine rack or arrange the magazines on the large table.

Things Needed
• a look at the rooms of the home
• places to put the items
• time to put away items

Tips & Warnings
• You should not set out to de-clutter every room of your home in one day. If you allow yourself time, you will be more pleased with the result.
• Youy may have to purchase small storage items or shelves in order to put everything away.


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