10 Steps to De-clutter Like A Pro

I know you are tired of hearing the word “de-clutter” but extra items sprawled about a room detract from the calming energy needed for a healthy and relaxing environment.  Furniture pieces that become catch-alls for junk make me sad.  My friends accuse me of being a minimalist.  Guilty as charged.  I look at it this way, you probably spent some time selecting that piece of furniture, right?  Why hide its beauty with junk? This includes everything from desks to chairs and even your rug!

So you ask “How do I identify clutter?”  Well... I have 10 guidelines for you to follow: 

  1. if it has a logo get rid of it. 
  2. you got it for free, get rid of it.
  3. or you haven’t touched in the last six months, you might consider getting rid of it.
  4. Try no more than 3 items per tabletop. Be it candlesticks, a tray, frames etc.
  5. Utilize your wall space. If you find you have a crowded dresser maybe a shelf above your dresser can help.
  6. Use zip lock bags to group similar items and then tuck those items into storage.
  7. If you are a paper junkie a corkboard may do you good.
  8. If you have a crazy shelf that reveals all your dirty secrets try adding baskets in the cubby holes of the shelf.
  9. If you have lots of books, make them more presentable by taking off the protective covers.  PLUS they look better on the shelf.
  10. While you’re at it, wipe down all those hidden dusty old surfaces for a polished look.

I dare you to be domestic!