Decluttering the house is at the top of most of our to-do lists, a lot of the time. It becomes a real pain when your home is filled with ‘stuff’. Most of the time, you don’t really want to throw it all out either. It’s not good for the environment to trash everything – plus, some of it may be sentimental! If you want to declutter without throwing everything out then we’ve got some handy tips for you.
There are dozens of ways you can create more storage space inside your home, to store away that clutter. Consider some of the unused areas in your home and how you can utilize those to create storage space. Here are some awesome examples of unique storage ideas:
- Under the stairs – You can turn the underneath of your staircase into a storage area, with a little bit of DIY prowess. Create a bookshelf or cupboard, that fits neatly under your stairs.
- Backs of doors – Use plastic shoe holders as creative storage solutions. Simply hang them up on the back of your doors and use them to store whatever you like!
- Racks – Magazine racks can be used to store everything from pan lids to tins in the cupboard. Wine racks also make the perfect towel holders.
There are so many unique storage ideas to be found online, so have a look and see how you can increase the space in your home.
Your other option is to consider storage outside of the house. If you’re lucky enough to have a garden then perhaps a shed is the way forward. If you’re pushed for space, then consider self storage options instead. Storing your things outside of the home doesn’t need to be expensive. Just make sure that your outside storage solution is well equipped to keep your things safe and dry. It should be well ventilated, damp proof and have a proper security system in place.
Recycle and Reuse
You may not want to throw something away because of its sentimental value, but how about reusing it as something else? A prime example is upcycling furniture. You can even turn old bits of furniture into inside storage space; killing two birds with one stone. Turn an old chest of drawers into shelves for the wall. Use old shutters to create doors for a bookcase. You can even turn an old kitchen roll holder into storage for your jewellery. There are thousands of ideas on places such as Pinterest, that will get the creative juices flowing.
Sell, Sell, Sell
If you don’t want to throw things away because you want to be more green, then consider selling your clutter instead. There’s a market for practically anything nowadays, which means you’ll always be able to find a buyer. List your unwanted items on auction sites or somewhere like Etsy. If you’re feeling really generous, then consider donating the items instead. Charity shops and thrift stores are always on the lookout for new donations. After all, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.
Next time you need to declutter the house don’t throw everything away! These ideas should give you plenty of inspiration on how to keep your home clutter-free, while also being kind to the environment.