Organizing your home helps keep down stress levels and makes your space more livable and pleasant. And as we have emphasized over and over again, decluttering your home is absolutely essential when preparing to sell your home. Whether you’re planning to sell or not, these 10 very doable projects will help declutter your home.
Furniture occupies a lot of space in your home. One way to declutter a room is to use multipurpose furniture.
In children’s rooms or guest rooms, foldaway beds can be pulled out and stored away when necessary. Choose a coffee table that has drawers or shelves, or a footstool that opens to hold your extra bed sheets.
2. Put in shelving under the staircase.
The space under the staircase is often unused. If you’re looking for an organized home, a great summer renovation project would be to install a mini-closet or library shelving under the stairs. Not only is this space practical, it’s also stylish and appealing.
3. Mount your TV on the wall.
If you have your TV sitting on a shelf, table or the floor, free up a little more space by mounting it on the wall. This allows you to remove the shelving entirely and give your living room a lighter, more decluttered feel.
4. Don’t waste the space under the bed.
The space under the bed is perfect for getting organized. Store away winter clothes or items you don’t frequently use. If you’re shopping for a new bed, check out options at places like IKEA that have built-in storage space.
If you’re happy with your bed as it is, find some discrete storage bins to fit underneath, and hide them away with a tasteful dust ruffle.
5. Build wall racks in your garage.
Do you have lots of suitcases and boxes? Save precious space in your home by installing some wall racks in your garage or basement high up on the wall.
Make sure they’re solid and on a strong wall, then store away heavy items and forget about them until you need them.
6. Create an outdoor living space.
If you have a large front porch or a big backyard, you can convert all or part of that space into an outdoor sitting room using a glass or prefabricated steel structure.
Build yourself a sun room and declutter your living room by moving some furniture out to your new living space.
7. Replace overstuffed armchairs with streamlined models.
Create a spacious living room by substituting lighter, narrower armchairs for that old easy chair.
Modern smaller armchairs don’t have to be uncomfortable, and you can find surprisingly comfy and affordable models. You’ll be surprised by how much space you can liberate in your living room!
8. Built-in shelving is your friend.
Armoires and cabinets consume space and can make a room look heavy. By installing built-in shelving along one wall of your bedroom, living room or kitchen you can maximize storage space while decluttering your rooms.
Paint shelving the same color as the wall, preferably a light color to give a feeling of airiness to the room. Then enjoy organizing your books, vases and photo frames in a balanced and uncluttered configuration.
9. Turn your basement into a useable room.
If you have an unused (or underused) basement, take the time this summer to convert it to a bedroom, living room or library. This creates an extra living space that can be perfect for family game night or sleepovers.
10. Get rid of what you don’t need.
The cheapest and easiest way to organize and declutter your house is to get rid of the things that you do not need.
Sort through your belongings and either donate, recycle or throw them in the garbage. You’ll feel like an immense weight has fallen from your shoulders.
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Amanda Oliver is the author behind this helpful post. Look to futuresteel.com for prefabricated steel buildings to save space in your home.