Perhaps you’ve been perusing magazines or online stores with elegantly taunting images of perfectly-styled (and clutter-free) living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms and you think to yourself, “how to get rid of clutter and make my living room more beautiful?”
Is there a box of items you’ve kept in the corner that you haven’t unpacked since you moved in years ago? If you haven’t opened it, then you probably don’t need to keep it. Sort through the box for any keepsakes you cannot part with, and throw out unused items for good. Or, better yet, donate as much as you can to the Salvation Army; don’t forget, all your donations are tax-deductible.
There will still be beloved articles you cannot part with, or those smaller appliances and pieces that you do not use often but you know you will need at some point in the future. If you cannot pitch all your clutter, you can organize it. Purchase a bookcase, like the Expedit bookcase at Ikea, which is inexpensive and attractive. It is perfectly shaped to hold colorful storage boxes like Martha Stewart’s fabric drawers for cube organizers. In a matter of seconds your pile of knickknacks is hidden and tucked away, but still available.
If you have too much for just the quick addition of a couple bookcases to solve, you may consider looking into semi-permanent storage. Separate from your clutter the things that you want to keep but do not use, like photographs, yearbooks, or old hard drives. You can even purchase insurance with the mini-storage company to protect your treasures. This is a more costly way to deal with clutter, but makes it possible for you to have a clean and clear home while still holding on to your priceless memories.
Hopefully, after deciding what you can and can’t live without, you’ll be well on your way to reducing (if not eliminating) the clutter in your life.