Clutter v Minimalistic?

Is your home looking empty and bare since the Christmas decorations have been taken down and packed away? Do you now feel the need to carry on clearing things out?

For many of us that Spring cleaning feeling kicks in with the removal of the festive decorations.  It may be a little bit early, but many of us take the opportunity to think about removing clutter, decorating and starting off home projects in preparation for the official arrival of Spring during March.

Taking the decision to throw out the clutter we have accumulated over the last few months will breathe life and space back into our homes.

What do you class as clutter?

For me, I know my clutter level has reached its limit when I am unable to sit down comfortably in a room and cannot see any clear worktops.  Taking it to the other extreme, walking into a home that has no clutter and looks like the front cover of a ‘home style magazine’ Also makes me feel uncomfortable. Perhaps the minimalistic and de-cluttered look is a step too far for me.

 

Anglian Verandah Conservatory

An Anglian Verandah Conservatory with a minimalist look

 

The ‘home style magazine’ feeling happened to me recently when visiting a friend’s home.  Once inside I felt I made the place look untidy, I could not wait to get out and back amongst my treasured possessions and trinkets.  However, I do understand that there is a certain comfort level for other people and the way my house looks, makes it feel home to me.

I will try to make a concerted effort to de-clutter and tidy my own home ready for Spring.

How do you find your comfort level for clutter?

What is your clutter level?  Where is your clutter, just in one room or all over your home?

Remember, you are in control of your home and how it looks.     Here are some questions i asked myself to help me to sort out my rooms.  If you would like some help too, read on…….

–   What kind of home do you want to live in and how do you want it to look?

Will it be filled with items of interest from furniture to trinkets;   or a minimalist look with the bare essentials of living; focusing on the clean lines of the furniture and colours that you have used to accentuate areas?

–  Have you used colours and textures to make each room an individual statement; what makes you feel bright and happy rather than dull and dreary?

–  Does an item of furniture get in your way i.e. an extra chair that you have to move to go through a doorway, extra pillows on the bed that you throw off to get into bed at night or trinkets and knick-knacks that you like looking at, but get fed up moving to dust?

–  Does the item recall memories of an event, place or a person?  Do you want to look at it every day or just bring it out of the cupboard every now and again?

–  Does the area make you feel relaxed, creative, or inspire you?  What do you need to do to make the space feel comfortable?

–  Does the area allow you to do what you want in the space?

–  By moving out a piece of furniture will you have more space?

– Would an extra room or a conservatory give you the extra space needed in your home or just turn it into another dumping ground for all your clutter?

 

Verandah Conservatory

An Anglian Verandah Conservatory giving you extra un-cluttered relaxation space

Sometimes when you have an excess of items in your home, because many of them may evoke treasured memories it may make you feel overwhelmed by the decisions to de-clutter.  So take your time, don’t rush to take things out that you may regret later.

Perhaps start by changing things around in the room.  Think of other uses for the items and places they can stand, before putting them into storage or passing them onto a new home.

After reviewing my home over the festive period, I would like to settle on somewhere between the two looks of overcrowded and minimalist, with all items and furniture having their own places.

Remember your home is your castle.  It is all about your personal taste; it reflects who you are and how you feel in your home.

Be happy in your home!

 

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