As any homeowner knows, clutter is one of the biggest obstacles between you and a comfortable, peaceful home. No matter how diligently you clean and sort, there always seems to be a new mess cropping up in an unexpected place. Sometimes it can even feel like you aren’t the one who owns your home–the clutter does! Don’t worry; you aren’t alone. Clutter is a problem faced by every home owner, and even our home-building and design experts must contend with it.
To help you get a leg up on your messy opposition, we asked our experts for their best advice on fighting the clutter invasion. Below, we’ve collected some of their best advice for living clutter-free.
Below, we’ve compiled a few of the helpful answers our experts provided. Check back later in the week for a follow-up article!
How can homeowners fight clutter?
Can the techniques used to hide wiring and plumbing be used for other kinds of unsightly home necessities?
What tricks do you use to keep your tools straight?
Have you seen any particularly clever storage solutions in your years of working with homeowners?
What are your personal favorite storage products?
"I have three suggestions, mostly based on personal experience of being a dad to two clutter-inducing daughters. First and foremost, accept that some degree of clutter is going to be part of your life, if you have a family. Only if you make picking up a full time job will you be able to contain it. Having said that, **designate one room to be the clutter-allowed room**. This way, you can allow the creativity and playtime that creates clutter, but you can also contain it or at least hide it. We built a whole upstairs addition just for the kids. I never go up there, but I hear its a fun, chaotic room." read more
“We’re in the custom closet business and the biggest challenge we see is that so many home owners are stuck with stationary storage in closets, pantries, garages and other spots. This means they can’t adjust it or add shelves to it as their needs change without tearing it down or starting over. When the shelves are adjustable, home owners can truly maximize space.” read more
“My clutter philosophy is that clutter is “the physical manifestation of your emotional baggage”…Your stuff & where it accumulates can show where you’re stuck in your life (relationships, finances, health…). Using the 3 Questions on each & every item you own (starting w/a drawer or cabinet) you can clear the mental, physical & emotional clutter that affects your health & well-being.” read more