Tidy home, tidy mind

6 instant tips for an uncluttered home

Do you feel confined by the lack of free space in your home? Is everything in the way? Do you long for freedom within your own four walls? Free up space and declutter! We offer you six tips for a tidy, comfortable home!

1. Free yourself!

The first step toward bringing order to your home is the hardest. It involves separating yourself from old and useless things – this is the only way to recapture free space. You don't have to transform into a minimalist overnight and reduce your possessions to 100 things, but you should absolutely ask yourself what you really need. Start with things that don’t belong to you: your dad’s cordless screwdriver, your best friend’s chic jacket, library books, and your neighbour’s multi-function mixer. First and foremost, return such items to their owners. Then throw out everything out that no longer fulfils its purpose. Old cosmetic samples, expired spices, the broken juicer and the Discman from your youth no longer have a space in your home.

Discarding can be tough – but it's worth the effort!

Discarding can be tough – but it's worth the effort!

Now this is the moment of truth: Which items of clothing, furniture, and other objects are no longer used? With every item, consider whether it gives you a positive feeling. If not, toss it out! If you struggle in this regard, then you can start off initially with the three-box principle. Sort by “keep”, “maybe”, and “discard”. If you don’t use items in the “maybe” box within a month, then you can say goodbye to them as well. Sure, this can be especially painful with expensive items, but that's what flea markets are for!

2. Create new storage space

The advantage of large-scale clean-up campaigns is that afterwards, you know exactly what you own, what needs to be stored away, and how much space you need for this purpose. This can be especially difficult to tidy up and arrange everything properly in small homes. Can you create additional storage space? Often, corner spaces go unused and this wastes valuable storage space. To this end, a staircase, ledge, or niche can serve as a real space saver. Install a custom-built cabinet into the space underneath your staircase. Disguise a niche with a curtain, in order to create a space here for things which you don't want to be visible.

Bring order to the chaos by means of cabinets, shelves, and use of corner spaces

Bring order to the chaos by means of cabinets, shelves, and use of corner spaces

If you live in an old building, how about sneaking a peak up top? Four-metre high walls offer you undreamed-of possibilities! Mount shelves on the upper third of the room and fit them with cabinets for items that you rarely need. The space above your doors also offers a spot for shelves, upon which you can store hats and scarves, for example. With new storage space, your home immediately appears tidier.

3. Choose the proper furniture

Especially in small homes or those cut at an angle, a decisive factor is that furniture also serves a storage function. Therefore, it should be multifunctional and ideally mobile as well. But you don't have to sacrifice eye-catching design, fine material, and stunning colours to achieve this! These days, furniture designers develop high-quality and flexible furnishings for urban living, which is often characterised by small living spaces, with short periods of residency.

Adjustable shelves are practical for small homes

Adjustable shelves are practical for small homes

After the first clean-up campaign, you will know what you want to store away. Choose appropriately adjustable shelves and furniture elements which can be combined freely. You should absolutely make sure that you have enough space for your possessions in the elements that you choose. You gain nothing by purchasing a stylish sofa bed if it doesn’t offer you any storage room for your sheets.

4. Use organisers for small odds and ends

After you’ve reanimated dead corner spaces and carried out the toughest tasks, then you can turn your attention to the small things. Whether it be your 15 cosmetics tubs, three remote controls, office items, or your kitchen utensils – all these things should have a fixed place. In this way, not only will you have a tidy space, but everything will be within hand's reach and can be found at first glance. Organisers can especially be a real help at tidying up small parts once and for all. Cartons, boxes and baskets are the first choice when it comes to overcoming clutter.

Stow away your odds and ends in nice boxes, baskets, and cartons

Stow away your odds and ends in nice boxes, baskets, and cartons

Combine boxes of different colours and sizes, in order to accommodate items of different sizes. Drawers can also accommodate the chaos, but even here you can quickly find a solution with a practical desk organiser. The organiser divides the drawer into individual areas in which you separate the items. Additionally, bowls or boxes are perfect for individual components like buttons or rubber bands. A set made of pen holders, a document holder, and a drawer unit serves your desk well.

5. Decorate carefully to increase tidiness

Maybe you’re thinking that you didn't read that correctly. No, you didn't misread it: Even your decorations can contribute to tidiness in the home. An effective way to make your home appear tidy and airy is a uniform colour choice. The more consistent and subtle the colours are, the “cleaner” the room appears. So, choose a colour concept that you stick to consistently, be it the colour of the wall or decorative items. Black and white, grey tones and natural colours are relaxing and exude tranquillity and naturalness.

With decorative highlights and consistent colours, your room appears cleaner

With decorative highlights and consistent colours, your room appears cleaner

Decorative items create order: If space on, for instance, a shoe rack is limited, you can present the prettiest pair of high heels decoratively on a wall shelf. Even your fancy mug collection doesn't have to stay hidden in a cupboard. Instead, grab a wall hook rack and hang the mugs from it – then you can grab a mug instantly in the mornings. Also decorative, and at the same time, a big contributor to organisation in the home is a bookshelf with a system: Instead of placing your books unsorted into the shelf, arrange them by colour.

6. Create a geometrical picture wall

Don't neglect your mission when it comes to your walls. Beautiful photos can significantly change your room and provide a great atmosphere, if you follow a couple of rules. Our tip for a tidy wall is grid-style picture hanging. For this, you need only a few images of the same size. Align these vertically and horizontally and then place them so on the wall.

Wall decoration in grid style gives your room structure and looks great

Wall decoration in grid style gives your room structure and looks great

Make sure that the distances between the images are the same overall, in order to achieve the chequerboard effect. So, have the level, ruler, and pencil ready before you get started! Black-and-white photos look especially refined when they are hung in this fashion. In our shop, not only can you print out your most beautiful black-and-white print motifs, but also the suitable frame. Whether canvas print, matte, or Dibond aluminium – have a look around and pick out something for your geometric picture wall!

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