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

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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.

STAY FO­CUSED

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.

SYM­ME­TRY

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.

BAS­KETS

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

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.

MAG­A­ZINE DÉ­COR

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.

BED­ROOM SEREN­ITY

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.

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