A cluttered house places significant stress on you and your family. The smaller the space, the more pronounced the effect. The unsightly mess of boxes, clothes and other items lying all over the house and in bedrooms and not in storage can feel oppressive, and the constant reminder of things undone starts to gnaw at your mental well-being after a while. There are even several social and psychological studies that demonstrate how a cluttered home directly impacts both your mental health and the development of your children’s personal habits.
Millions of families struggle with overcoming the clutter monster, so how do you take back your small spaces from clutter? You make changes and organize. Keep reading for 9 tips for taking back your house from the clutter monster.
Research shows that many people accumulate more possessions than their living space can hold. Part of it is cultural, while for others it’s a matter of comfort and feeling like they are not living in want and poverty. It’s often a matter of the environment you grew up in, as well as how you were raised.
The impact of a cluttered space can make life exceptionally difficult though, as the accumulation of things makes navigating your day to day difficult, and even simple household chores quickly become overwhelming.
Cluttered places are an ever-present stressor on homeowners and their families. After all, your kids go to other people’s homes and see that those homes may be less cluttered or uncluttered. This presents them with the concept that clutter is not normal, and some develop a pathological need to clean and organize on their own (even when it doesn’t go well) to feel normal.
This is looking at things from the worst case scenario perspective, and of course it doesn’t mean clutter will cause your kids to develop Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. However, it does illustrate that clutter has a powerful impact on you and your family’s mental and physical well being.
Let’s talk how about how you can get organized and rearrange even small spaces to make your home feel more open and it them clutter free. Take a look at these 9 tips for taking back your smaller spaces and making them seem large and full of life again.
Donate and Recycle
Every 6 months to once per year you should go through old clothes, shoes, and other belongings and get rid of anything you have not worn or used in the past 6 months. Except for seasonal wear, this is a great way to eliminate old clothes that are simply taking up space in your closets.
Regular vacuuming, dusting, and cleaning of furniture and surfaces in and around your living spaces help make them feel more expansive. Keeping floors picked up and papers or mail from piling up on desks and other horizontal surfaces also helps with this issue.
Find Functional Furniture
Seating with storage under the cushions can be a massive space saver, and eliminates a tremendous amount of clutter in your home. Storing movies, video games, video game accessories, remotes, books, and other belongings in a pullout drawer under the sofa or inside a storage ottoman can go a long way to saving you valuable floor and shelf space.
Don’t leave your walls naked! Add bookshelves and free-standing shelves to store or display prized possessions so they aren’t cluttering up other furniture. It’s also a great way to showcase family photos and leave your personal mark on a room’s design.
Use Light Colors
The lighter the wallpaper, window treatments, and furniture, the more open and spacious a room appears. Using lighter colored bedding also helps expand the perception of space in bedrooms, too.
Get Smaller Furniture
As comfortable as an overstuffed recliner may be, it does not have a space-efficient footprint. Consider getting love seats and sofas that are comfortable but don’t provide more seating area than you need. Smaller furniture always serves to make small spaces look bigger.
Allow Natural Light
Push back those curtains and leave blinds partially open to let as much natural light in as possible. Not only does it improve the air quality inside, but it also makes the room feel larger throughout the day.
Keep Similar Items in a Labelled Box
When putting boxes on shelves or in storage cube baskets, be sure to label them and keep similar items in the same box to save on containers and the space those containers occupy.
Hire a Storage Unit
Can’t bear to part with your many possessions but desperately need more space? Box up anything you don’t use more than once or twice a year and put it in a storage unit. You can still get it out when you need it, and it will save floor space and storage space in your home. You can also decide to donate anything you haven’t taken out of storage for more than a year, since you clearly don’t need or miss it.
Are you taking back your home from the clutter monster? Need to move some things into storage for a while or long term? On The Go Moving and Storage has you covered.
We are the greater Seattle area’s leading moving and storage company, and can help you reclaim those small spaces in your home. Contact us today to find out how we can pack up your stuff and store it in our climate controlled facility until you need it again. Don’t keep suffering the negative effects of clutter.