How to Declutter your Home
Have you read Marie Kondo’s famous book, “Spark Joy”? We recommend giving this title a read if you’re looking to master the art of organising and tidying up your home. It seems to advocate such a simple solution for life’s complexities — focus on what you want to keep, throw everything you do not need in order to welcome a happier and fulfilling life! And the rule of thumb to discarding? Love it or lose it. However, each of our Achilles’ heels is very different. For instance, you may fall prey to books. For you, books have become the mythological Incubus! You will cave in, buy the book, bring it back to the office, read a few chapters, and put it aside on your table that has been stacked with way too many half-read books and magazines… Does this sound all too familiar? Whatever your weakness is, we will share several ways to manage the aftermath of impulse buys without changing who you really are. For the Bookworm It is easy to attach sentimental value to our books. “Ah, that was the book I bought when my heart was broken, and oh, that was the anthology of poems I called my own after being inspired by a local poet,” one may think. However, do you feel a slight sense of remorse and anxiety when you look at the stacks lying around your room? If we love our books that much, wouldn’t we want to take better care of them? So other than handing out picture books we no longer need or want to our nephews and nieces or donating them to charity, we can start displaying our favourite things in the world proudly and in the most organised fashion thanks to smart and timeless furniture.
- Choose book shelves and racks that are made of natural material like wood or metal with preferably no synthetic paint or chemicals. This helps to keep the books in pristine quality as they will not be affected by the synthetic chemicals leeching onto them. For example, the Oak Wave Book Case can help to store your precious books with its glass doors protecting the books from any direct heat or sunlight.
- Then, add ornaments onto your bookcase, such as a matching photo frame and jewellery box set to display your favourite memory and store your trinkets, to break up the rows of books. For a ready-made solution, look to the Pirouette Book Rack which already comes with a mix of shelves and drawers.
- Place the books flat on the back or standing up and store them according to genres or colours. The latter will add a dash of personality into your home. One way to be even more organised is to place your books in crates and categorise by genre! You can keep novels in one crate, non-fiction in another and then position them on the M Rack.
- Firstly, pick a closet or rack that is roomy and well-compartmentalised like the Rise Rack.
- For items you don’t need as often, like winter wear, store them neatly away in chest of drawers or canvas boxes.
- Find a way to categorise your clothes. Will colour coding work better for you or will organising them by their function, for example, for work, leisure or fitness, be more efficient? You can decide based on your lifestyle.
- Put your accessories in clear plastic boxes or on decorative trays.
- Shelf dividers work wonders! They most certainly help prevent towers of clothes from collapsing into each other.