Buying your first home was likely one of the most difficult, rewarding experiences of your life. You probably spent months pouring through books, magazines, newspapers and blogs—looking for help anywhere you could find it. You probably also logged some long hours scrutinizing your personal finances, crunching numbers and questioning your decisions.
But you took the plunge anyway! You fell in love with a home, you decided to buy it, and you moved in as soon as you could. You were happy with your new home, and you wanted to make it your own immediately!
Unfortunately, you may have found the prospect of decorating your new home just as daunting as buying it. But don’t worry—that’s where we come in! In our regular feature, Decorating De-mystified, we’ll help you turn that house of yours into a real home!
This week we’ll be focusing on clearing your space of clutter…
Getting rid of junk isn’t easy. But you’ll need to learn how to toss out your old baseball cards and ticket stubs if you want to live in a clean, streamlined home.
Home design expert Peter Walsh offers these tips to home owners interested in living clutter-free:
- Tackle messes one room at a time.
- When you buy something new, practice the “in-out rule:” For every one new item, get rid of an old one.
- Create intimacy in the master bedroom. Remember that improvements in one room can spread to the rest of the house.
- Make cleaning up fun for your kids.
- Create a vision for the room you’re cleaning.
- Teach your kids how to sort.
- Use a hanger system to determine which clothes you wear most.
- Ask yourself if you really need something. If you hesitate, you don’t.
- Establish a “magic triangle” in your kitchen between the stove, refrigerator and the sink. Keep the items you use most in that area.
- Identify useful utensils with the cardboard box test.