Studies have shown that people who accumulate clutter in their homes share certain traits, ways of thinking, and behaviours. For example, they are perfectionists, lack time management skills, struggle to focus on the present, and need to be needed. By understanding why you hoard possessions, it will be easier to make a positive change. But do not despair as we look at strategies for decluttering the home. Secondly, we discuss why it is necessary to detox after you declutter, and how to do so.

Why Declutter?

Our homes are an expression of ourselves. As such, we want them to reflect harmony and beauty and a state of calm. Clutter detracts from the ambience we want to experience when we return home after a long day at work. Our homes are our castles.

Another reason to declutter is that we want to express our style through our décor. Having chosen beautiful pieces with which to furnish our homes, we want to showcase the aesthetics of that style at its best.

Additionally, we want to surround our furniture with space so that we can move with ease as we enjoy our homes.

A Minimalist Approach

living room with blue pouffe

The minimalist approach relies on having few pieces of furniture but making those stand out. To avoid clutter, one should not purchase too many items as they will get lost in the whole rather than being individually visible and able to make a potent statement of sophistication and elegance. Then our really special pieces of furniture that were so carefully chosen can shine forth and be truly appreciated.

If you find that your home has become cluttered by too much furniture, it is time to go back to the drawing board and carefully consider what your chosen style is. Ask yourself, which pieces of furniture are true to that vision? How can they be positioned for maximum impact, style, and comfort? Which items of furniture have strayed from the original concept? Has your vision changed at all and how best can the newer one be realised? Have you purchased something that you truly love but that does not fit in with the rest? Is there another place where it is better suited? For example, you can repurpose heavier coffee tables for the bedroom as bedside tables and replace them in the living room with minimalist tables with sleek lines.

A minimalist design will always allow your furniture to be seen at its best provided you have not crowded too many items into a space too small to contain them. You may have to make a few hard decisions but in the end, it will be worth it. It will free your mind from stress and provide a harmonious living space where you enjoy spending time and can invite your friends to.

Colours, Shades, And Tones

Avoid saturating the indoor rooms with an overwhelming mix of colours. Furniture pieces in neutral colours are more versatile and enhance the aesthetics of a room. The right colour palette integrates all the elements of walls, furniture, and accessories. This has a positive influence on mood and provides a restful space.

Bedrooms benefit from wooden beds and bedside trays that place everything close by and make them accessible. Wood can be functional or elegant and a combination of the two lends itself well to the minimalist look you want to achieve. It is a restful medium that will not jar with soft blue walls and the greenery of pot plants. Then, when you enter the room, immediately your spirit is soothed, and you start to unwind and are restored.

Look For Add-ons

If you have the option, select furniture that can be self-assembled without tools and employ basic Do It Yourself (DIY). These pieces allow you to remake the living space with minimal fuss and you can attach or detach parts to reassemble them in new ways. This is great if you are moving homes where the sizes of the old and new rooms are different, but you are keen to keep your existing furniture. Thus, you can optimise the layout and ensure that the space and the objects within it are perfectly balanced and soothing.

Reduce Items That Need To Be Stored

You can declutter your home further by finding solutions for different scenarios. For example, a trans-seasonal comforter is suitable all year round. This beats having to change your bedroom décor from one season to the next. It also eliminates the need to store bedding for seasonal changes in the weather. A bonus is that your comforter will be irresistible when it is time to let go of the day and its stresses and have a night of restorative sleep.

Decluttering Your Home

freestanding bathtub

The first step to decluttering your home is determining your style of décor and restoring your home to that vision as already outlined.  Next is ensuring that you maintain the oasis of peace and harmony that you have created. This means making sure that no junk accumulates and that you retain the space that is so vital to a minimalist style. And the final step is to make sure that your home is always sparkling clean and fresh and free from health and safety hazards.

Detox Your Home

Your physical and mental health can be affected negatively by clutter. Common problems you may experience are hay fever, asthma, and allergies from dust mites, mould, and pet dander. Cortisol, the stress hormone, will place you in a fight or flight mode. This hormone increases in your blood circulation when you become stressed. Disorganisation reduces the ability to focus and also to relax and make the most of your beautiful home. Avoid clutter and you will avoid insomnia.

Once an area has been decluttered, clean it thoroughly. Make a green cleaner by combining one part vinegar with one part water. Add lemon peel and sprigs of rosemary. Allow it a week to infuse properly then place it in a spray bottle and use it to wipe down all surfaces.

Declutter and detox your home for a healthier, stress-free, and peaceful environment.