Friday, October 14, 2011

De-cluttering {Home Organization} Part 1

Clutter in the Living Room/Bedroom/Kitchen
This post is contributed by Angela Allen @Classic Twist

To simplify your living room, bedroom, and kitchen, first begin by viewing the items in your room with a new perspective. Let nothing escape your scrutiny. The goal is to rid your home of the things that no longer have use or purpose, so it’s necessary that you see your things with new eyes, keen eyes, cut-throat eyes! Think of it like your digestive system, which works daily to cleanse your body of particles that it cannot use.

When de-cluttering , consider which of the three categories your things fall into:
1. Throw {things with no use, value, meaning, function}
2. Store {things with function but no immediate use}
3. Display {things with value, meaning, and beauty}

Let’s take a closer look at these categories and some solutions.

Throw – Completely divorce yourself from things you don’t need. Don’t hang on to piles of papers, old clothes, and boxes full of things you haven’t looked through in the past year. If the show Hoarders: Buried Alive has taught us anything it’s to let go and move on! There’s such freedom in release.

Solution: Convert trash into cash. Clothing and house wares can be sold on Ebay, Craigslist or at a yard sale, and loved again by another household.

Store – Items that are functional but do not have immediate use should be stored away creatively. Appliances, supplies, craft materials can be pulled out when needed but don’t need prime real estate in your home.

Solution: Store items creatively in beautiful and/or functional containers, baskets, jars, and boxes. Choose storage options that reflect your lifestyle and taste. If you love what you store things in, there’s a good chance you’ll love to use your organizational tools. Remember to organize in a way that works for you, not the way you think you should organize. At the end of the day, organization methods have to function well enough for you to find things again on a regular basis.

Display – There’s something beautiful about honoring your most cherished items by displaying them. Anything you collect or enjoy as a hobby can become an instant, personal museum. Some things are just too important and lovely to hide in a storage box so these items should be displayed and enjoyed on a daily basis. Everyday household items can be turned into art, adding interest and color to any room.

Solution: Accessories like jewelry and scarves can be displayed in a bedroom on a lovely tray or on elaborate hooks. A library of cookbooks can be arranged on an open shelf in the kitchen. Your children’s artwork can be framed and hung down the hallway like a museum of modern art. Anything from postcards to matchboxes to wine bottles to vintage tea kettles can be turned into a beautiful display. This is a home’s true expression. Guests will instantly know who you are and what you value.

Always remember above all else to make room for the life you're living today.

Please feel free to comment and share with us your experience in de-cluttering!

Angela Allen is a discount thriftress extraordinaire who sees the beauty and possibilities in the ugly and abandoned. She lives with her husband in Washington, DC. In order to glean more of her fashion wisdom, you can follow her fabulous blog or her page on Facebook.

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At October 15, 2011 at 8:54 AM , Blogger Stephanie G. said...

Hiya! I saw you representn' Peoria on Minimalist Mommi and thought I would say hi. Goodyear girl here :) Love your blog! I'm a new follower. Stop by my space sometime. Nice to have a neighbor with like minded ideas...

At October 15, 2011 at 9:17 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found the book called The Power of Less was helpful to me in decluttering a number of areas in my life.

At October 15, 2011 at 7:43 PM , Anonymous Nichole's Modern Homestead said...

This is something I really need to start doing! I like the notion of liking your organizational system. Good point :)

At October 16, 2011 at 1:36 PM , Blogger Heather said...

Excellent advice! I am always trying to cut down my possessions. It seems as soon as I get rid of something, the kids get some new type of present that defeats my purpose of getting rid of everything!

At October 18, 2011 at 10:30 PM , Blogger April's Homemaking said...

This is something I am working on right now, I love getting things organized and decluttered. I love getting the whole house in order before the holidays. Great post! ~April


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