As we wave goodbye to winter and say hello to spring, it’s time to let go of the old items that no longer have a place in your home. You know, those extra remotes that don’t work, outdated throw pillows and extra blankets you never use or the area rug you keep tripping over. Then of course, the knickknack decorations that don’t add any important design appeal and, last but not least, the dead plant in the corner of your living room.
How do you get rid of them? The only way is to declutter your space. My method, as an OCD neat-freak, is to start room by room. Look at an item and ask yourself if it is contributing anything to the aesthetic of your home or simply taking up wasted space. In your kitchen is where you notice clutter most. If you’re not using an item or appliance on your countertop, get rid of it and give your kitchen a clean, sleek look. For your living/family room, make a pile of items that you aren’t sure about; go through it and ask yourself if each item holds design appeal or sentimental value, or if it has become what is affectionately known as ‘junk.’ If the item doesn’t add anything positive, let it go. As for your bathroom, clear out all old towels and linens, and the remnants of used soaps and shampoos.
This is going to make space for the things you love and highlight the overall design of your home. You’ll finally have room to show off both the room itself and everything that brings it to life. Cluttered and messy spaces make us feel nervous, so spring cleaning your home will not only lessen anxiety, it will also showcase your house and the things that make it a home.
As my most favorite designer, William Morris once wrote, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” Spring is the perfect opportunity to take his words to heart, so don’t second guess it, let it go!
So, as I always say, “Don’t be afraid to decorate!”