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Less is Luxe: 10 Decluttering Solutions and Home Organization Strategies

Updated: Apr 19

Decluttering your home can help create a more organized and peaceful living environment and can significantly enhance its design appeal by allowing key elements to shine and creating a sense of spaciousness and visual harmony. When you remove excess items and organize your living spaces, you create a canvas that highlights your carefully chosen decor, furniture, and architectural features.



Decluttering your home offers several benefits, including creating a more organized and visually pleasing environment, reducing stress and anxiety, improving productivity and focus, making cleaning and maintenance easier, maximizing available space, promoting better air circulation, and allowing you to appreciate and enjoy the belongings that truly matter. Here are ten simple decluttering strategies to get started with:


  1. Set Clear Goals: Define the areas or rooms you want to declutter and set specific goals for each. This will give you a clear focus and prevent feeling overwhelmed.

  2. Take it One Step at a Time and Set a Time Limit: Tackle decluttering in manageable chunks. Start with a small area or category, such as a closet or a single drawer, before moving on to larger spaces. Assign a specific time limit for decluttering each area to prevent getting bogged down and losing motivation.

  3. Sort Items: Sort items into categories: keep, donate, sell, and discard. Be honest about what you truly need and use. If an item no longer serves a purpose, it's time to let go.

  4. View Your Home as a Guest: What type of impression would you like to make on a first time visitor to your home? What items do you regularly have to go out of your way to re-organize when you prepare to host visitors?

  5. Follow the "One-Year Rule": If you haven't used or worn an item in the past year, consider letting it go. Exceptions can be made for sentimental items or seasonal items.

  6. "One In, One Out" Rule Diagram: Show how the rule works visually: every time you bring a new item into your home, an old item must be removed.

  7. Create Organized Storage: Invest in storage solutions such as bins, baskets, and shelving to keep items organized and easily accessible.

  8. Limit Sentimental Items: While sentiment is important, avoid keeping too many sentimental items that can contribute to clutter. Choose a few meaningful items to keep and display.

  9. Digitize Paper: Scan important documents and paperwork to reduce paper clutter. Store digital copies securely and consider shredding or recycling the physical copies.

  10. Regular Maintenance: Once you've decluttered, make a habit of regularly going through your belongings to prevent clutter from building up again.


Room-By-Room Decluttering Checklist:

Keep | Donate | Sell | Trash

Notes

Living Room

  • Remove items from shelves and surfaces

  • Sort through books and magazines

  • Evaluate decorative items and art

  • Check electronics and cords

  • Declutter and organize furniture

Kitchen

  • Empty and clean cabinets and drawers

  • Check food expiration dates

  • Evaluate kitchen gadgets and tools

  • Sort through pantry and fridge

  • Declutter countertops and sufraces

Bedroom

  • Organize clothing and accessories

  • Evaluate bedding and linens

  • Check under the bed and in storage

  • Declutter nightstands and furniture

  • Review items in closets and dressers

Bathroom

  • Clear out expired or unused products and medicine

  • Organize toiletries and accessories

  • Evaluate towels and bath linens

  • Check for clutter on counters and shelves

  • De-clutter under sink storage

Home Office

  • Review paperwork and old files, throw out old pens

  • Organize office supplies and equipment

  • Check technology cables and accessories

  • De-clutter workspace and desktop

  • Review storage and shelves


 

Remember that decluttering is an ongoing process, so be patient with yourself and take breaks when needed. By consistently implementing these tips, you'll create a more organized and serene living space that supports your daily life. Ultimately, a decluttered home exudes a sense of sophistication, tranquility, and thoughtful curation that elevates its overall aesthetic and leaves a lasting impression on both residents and visitors.

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