Decluttering is good for the soul, but where do you start? If you're a natural collector of things, this question is one that you think about often.
It's not only people with too much 'stuff' that needs creative and aesthetically pleasing packing space. In a world where rooms are getting smaller, our ideas need to get bigger.
From cleverly designed kitchen cabinets to shelving in the kid's room, let's look at innovative ideas to give your home a fresh and clean look.
Take a look at your home and identify your problem areas. Do you unload everything in one corner as you walk into the front door? Or maybe your child's room has taken on an identity that's bordering on chaos.
All the places that collect the most dust are a good indication of where to start - creating spaces that are easier to get to when cleaning is healthier for the whole family too.
It's a great help if you have a dedicated space as you enter the house to 'unpack.'
Jackets need hanging space, shoes need a shelf, and everything else like keys and handbags also need to go somewhere.
There are loads of DIY projects that can take your entry point from an ordinary entrance to something unique and useful. Consider a multipurpose shelf with woven baskets on top and hanging hooks underneath. This way, you can put your loose items into the containers and hang your coat and scarves on the pegs.
You can also consider another shelf just a few inches off the ground directly underneath the top one for shoes. It's interior design 101 - keep it off the floor. It will help when you're cleaning and prevent marks and stains on carpets.
One of the easiest ways to find more space is to use interesting packing ideas. You can get creative and use old suitcases to put away seasonal clothing. When Spring arrives, all you have to do is swap your cupboard and suitcase items.
You can also use suitcases to display anything in the house, from photographs and books to your plants. It keeps everything together, and it looks unique too.
Why not consider packing all the loose odds and ends in different suitcases, label them, and then pack them on top of each other as a focal point. It gets rid of all the small things lying around and adds a nice touch to the room. You also save cupboard space if you display your suitcases.
In the kid's room, nothing beats proper containers that are stackable. You can get boxes in coordinating colors and use one for every kind of item. You can use one container for warm blankets, one for toys, one for books, and one for shoes. It makes tidying up quick and easy, and the kids can easily pack away their toys themselves at the end of the day.
If you have many of the same items, why not consider making a display out of your collection? It will free up some cupboard space and double as decor. Hats, belts, and scarves all displayed together on a few rows of rails work well, and you'll always know where to find it.
Many food items we buy come packed in glass containers. Make a habit of recycling your jars at home first before they hit the recycle bin. Glass is trending right now, and so are open cupboards and shelves.
Start gathering similar shapes and sizes and empty all your food from plastic and cardboard containers into the glass jars. It looks organized, and you can see when a certain item is running low.
There’s never a good enough reason to throw old shelves or cupboards away. It's amazing what a few strokes with a paintbrush can do to liven up old and run down wooden furniture. You can paint it one color or do a two-tone where you paint the inside of the shelf a different tone of the same color.
You should take a trip to your local second-hand shop to pay small change for previously loved shelves. It's a great DIY project, and they can be used to pack so much more than just books on them.
Try to make a habit out of packing seasonal items away when not in use. Whether it's your winter blankets, shoes, or old magazines, you can't separate with - box it. When you pack items away, it also gives you some time to decide if you still need them or whether it's time for a trip to the local donation office. Either way, your home will be cleaner and less cramped.
It's one of the oldest tricks in the interior design book. Lift as much up from the floor as possible. If you build shelves, start a few inches off the ground. You can even take your regular units and fasten them to the wall away from the floor.
It creates a clean look and makes your house appear bigger. Doing this also helps on spring-cleaning days, so you don’t have to move furniture around when vacuuming.
In the kid's room or the garage, you can consider making a focal point on one side out of crates that are attached to the wall. It creates loads of storage space, and everything's easy to find again.
You can hang all your sporting pieces like bicycles, skis, and other equipment with simple hooks drilled into the wall. You can do the same for your cycling gear and accessories. It looks neat and tidy and creates order out of chaos in a few simple moves.
We can all agree that cleaning underneath any bed is a nightmare as it's a dust-collection spot. The good news is that you can convert every bed into a storage solution. It can be a fun DIY project, or you could buy crates that fit snugly under the bed. It's the perfect place to pack linen, towels, and winter bedding.
With a little bit of initiative, you can quickly create space for all your loose ends. By packing it away, you'll be more in control of your environment and spend less time looking for that power cord you know you still have somewhere.
The more you can store away, the healthier your home environment will be for the entire family. As you can see, by using and recycling items you already have, you can quickly create total order and prevent those dust build-up areas in your home.
If you’ve also joined the millions that are working from home now, this is the first step to a healthier, happier, and more organized environment for a more productive day.
By: Lee Preston
Lee is the Director of Marketing and Promotion for EZstorit.com. When she is not working with our storage facilities partners, she is writing about topics that affect our daily lives.