When a home is cluttered, the stress levels of the family increase. After unpacking from summer vacations, routinely checking the mail and rushing to and from work every day, mail is left on the kitchen counter and piles of shoes accumulate at the front door, often leading to unsightly clutter in the home; depriving you from having a beautiful home interior.
In order to offset the habit of creating clutter in the home, acclaimed trendsetter and Interior Designer, Marc Thee (founder of the #1-ranked residential design firm in the United States) – is now offering his clutter-busting philosophy and sense of real-world style to those who wish to spruce up the home and find a place for those unsightly stacks of “junk.” In a new interior design guide, Top Six Design Tips for Decluttering…, Marc delivers a wealth of brilliant ideas for organizing the home by using what you already own.
Home and Living is happy to be able to share parts of this guide with you.
“Did you know that you’re actually a less productive person when your house is cluttered?”
Researchers have found that a whopping 88% of homes report that they have at least one cluttered room…usually a spare room…and that even more “stuff”crammed in drawers, cabinets, bedrooms and the garage.
Here are some of Marc Thee’s tips:
1. Make your house picture perfect. You don’t need anything fancy, a digital camera or smartphone will do. Stand back and pretend you’re a stylist…take a shot or two of the room and try to get all the components in the frame. Once you have your picture view it on a high-resolution monitor. Is it magazine ready?…Start by taking a hard look at the photograph and search for clutter…Toss out what you can and neatly store the rest.
2. Call in the Clutter Busters. Like Rome, clutter isn’t built in a day. Rather, it gathers slowly… “Clutter Busters” are inexpensive, stylish organizers that you can easily incorporate in any room. Baskets, bins, lidded boxes, and perhaps best of all, trays! ..This works particularly well on coffee tables. Choose a very large tray as your base. Then build your tray with over-sized books, a decorative vase or two, a candle holder or hurricane, or other size appropriate accent of your choosing.
3. Drain Away the Counter Clutter. Here in the home’s homage to all that is fresh, polished and squeaky clean, we should find the least cluttered space in the house. Right? Wrong! Too often, we let messes pile up on our bathroom countertops, which inevitably host a jumble of toiletries and personal accessories. Again, as with living rooms and the more social areas of the home, bathroom countertops can benefit tremendously from “Clutter Buster” type home storage, especially when you combine them with bathroom-appropriate home accents…lidded non transparent box can be perfect…trays can be great for displaying clear jars that hold cotton swabs, facial wipes and the like.”
4. Set Your Mail Jail Free! To cut down on stress in your home, and to remember what your countertop looks like again, it’s time to set all that mail free. Probably the single best weapon in the fight against mail clutter is a simple envelop sorter. Designate one slot for bills, another for RSVP correspondence, and one for important info you might need…Everything else (i.e. the junk mail) goes into the recycling bin.
5. Don’t Forget You have a Dining Room. Regular use of your dining room can be a great way to more effectively allocate your home living space and cut down on clutter. Don’t confine all your kitchen clutter to the kitchen itself, and there’s no need to spread it all around the house either. When you eat in the dining room, you allow two rooms to share the storage needs for your tableware…and there are so many ways to neatly accessorize that space. All your accessories can be functional here. Use them to display food, garden cuttings, napkins, or silverware.
6. Never be Afraid of Color (or White)! A white base is critical to a successful summery [styled] room. White linens, white pillows, and a white duvet…You don’t need to veer off into cream or beige to stay on the safe side. It’s white that’s going to lift your bedroom into the summer season. Once you have your white base, accessorize with bold, light, bright colors.