Clearing your mind and soul
If you’re finding your home is causing you stress due to too much clutter, here are some tips from Design Haus Medy’s CEO Medy Navani to create peace of mind in every room
OUT WITH THE OLD (AND BROKEN OR UNNECESSARY)
The most important way to start when it comes to creating a home that provides a clear mind is to take the time to throw away items you no longer use. A general rule of thumb is if it hasn’t been used it in six months to a year, you most likely do not need it, so either donate or throw it away.
When you are looking to declutter the home, ensure you finish one room at a time. Trying to take on too much at once can overwhelm the process and will most likely mean you give up before finishing. Stay focused on the task at hand to ensure you’re being productive and to provide a sense of calm accomplishment.
Decluttering does not mean making the home look bare. Ensure you place decorative items that have meaning to you throughout and cluster similar pieces together. Try to stick to just a few items per area in order to create balance in the space.
We all love to curl up and unwind on the sofa with loved ones, with added comfort from pillows and blankets. Keep the extra throws and cushions organised by having a designated basket in the living room to place them in once they are finished with.
Multi-use furniture is a great way to keep areas tidy and utilise the space in a room. A sofa bed is a great addition so you can turn the living room into a guest room when required. Under-the-bed or sofa-storage is also a great out-of-sight area for those items that do not have a use in your every day life, such as spare bedding, books, or sentimental Christmas trinkets.
ON THE WALL
If you are struggling to find space in the home for all your decorative pieces, focus on the vertical. Walls are a great way to create a unique design that adds extra storage space. Try placing boxed shelves alongside the TV in a zig-zag manner or straight up the wall in the kitchen. Not only will it be a one-of-a-kind feature, it will also provide blissful functionality.
MAKE IT WELCOME
Nothing can make you feel more on edge than arriving home and walking into a mess. Ensure entryways are clear of clutter by placing shoe racks by the door and clearing any hall tables of unnecessary items.
Add some fresh flowers to brighten up the space and make it welcoming for you and your family when returning home from a busy day.
We all tend to have piles of magazines in our homes. Instead of throwing them away, use your favourites as a part of the décor. Try placing them neatly on the coffee table as a display or stack them under a glass side table with a potted plant or flower on top to create a unique design.
Your bedroom should be a sanctuary and should ideally be designed to provide a sense of relaxation. Clutter will create the opposite effect, so make sure you always keep this room in pristine condition. Make the bed in the morning and open the curtains to provide natural light. Place hampers for dirty clothes in the room and keep the floor clear from any mess at all times.
THEME IT OUT
Choose a particular theme for each room and stick with it, all the way down to the tiny details. If something does not go, either remove it or place the item in a room that it would work. This style of organisation will allow you to evaluate those items you truly need over ones that are just taking up unnecessary space, as well as create a welluniformed flow throughout the home.