Something still isn’t right. You've decluttered every room. But, your home still doesn't feel quite right. It still looks messy and cluttered despite your hard work.
Sometimes we "can't see the forest for the trees" because we live in our homes and see every room daily. This commonality leads us to overlook things that have been around for so long, they've just become part of the decor.
In this post, we are going to take a step back and get a different view of our homes. We'll address 11 common reasons why your home still looks cluttered.
1. Excessive Decorations
Any home decorator knows that you can definitely go overboard when it comes to decorating your home. Every room needs space for the eyes to "rest," meaning every square inch of your home doesn't require decorations. This might be too many family photos, too many collectibles, etc. You get the idea. A room that is clean but filled with excessive decorations still feels dirty. The solution here is to minimize your decor. Not every book you own needs to be on display. Not every family photo needs to be hung on the wall. Go through your space and remove outdated photos and decorations. Move those photos to an album. Try to leave empty space as often as possible.
2. Too-full Counter-tops
When your kitchen counter-tops are full of clutter, your space looks dirty even when it isn't. The same applies to your bathroom counter-tops. Look at it this way, when you go to a hotel room, the counters are free of clutter and appear spacious and clean. This same feeling applies to your own home. The solution to this problem is to utilize those cabinets and drawers. Put away any and everything you can and only leave minimal decorations on your kitchen and bathroom counter-tops. This will lead to them looking clean and spacious and will achieve that uncluttered look you desire.
3. Paper piles
Everyone has a tendency to pile mail and papers from time to time. Piles of paper create a cluttered look to your home. The solution to this problem is a good paper and mail filing system. Every bill we receive goes immediately into our financial binder, so I can pay it by the due date. Every other paper that comes into our home gets either filed or eliminated. Make a habit of addressing the paper clutter daily, so you can stay on top of this problem.
4. Too many throw pillows
Have you been in a store and adored those beautiful furniture displays or bedroom decor? Often, you'll find a lovely bedroom set with a matching comforter, bed skirt, pillow shams, throws, and an abundance of decorative pillows. It looks inviting and comforting, but I'm afraid it isn't very practical on a daily basis to remove and then add back all of those pillows when you make your bed. If you absolutely love your decorative pillows and can't part with them, then you must be sure you display them neatly. Otherwise, consider storing a few pillows or moving them to the closet until you decide if you want to keep them. The same applies to the sofa. Excessive throw pillows constantly require straightening to keep them looking neat and uncluttered. Excessive pillows also require extra work for you when it comes to cleaning. These items still need washing from time to time, so try to keep them at a minimum or swap them out occasionally. Once you've decluttered your pillows, avoid the temptation to buy more.
5. Toy clutter
A room cluttered with toys is definitely a battle for most moms. We look at creative ways to store them and buy storage containers. But, first, we need to eliminate the clutter before we can store it all away. Go through the toys routinely and throw out anything that is broken. Donate anything that is no longer enjoyed by the kids. Store away half of the toys and rotate them out monthly. Teach the kids to do a daily toy clean up with you until they get the hang of doing it on their own. Do not create a complicated storage system. This only makes it harder to put everything away. Clean up should be accomplished in 10 minutes or less. If you cannot do it in ten minutes, your storage system is probably too complicated to maintain. Maintenance is key to keeping the clutter at bay.
6. Too much furniture
Everyone has been in a home that is filled to every corner with wall to wall furniture. Sometimes we inherit furniture and antiques, and we don't know quite what to do with them. We feel guilty for parting with them because they belonged to a loved one. Parting with the furniture feels wrong. So, let's address this issue. Getting rid of furniture or gifts from loved ones does NOT mean you don't love or appreciate them. Instead, you must love your space. Loving your space means you want to be in it and enjoy it every day. You want to fill your space with the things that you love. Keeping everything everyone gives you will prevent you from doing that. Go through your home and remove any excess furniture and create space for the eyes to "rest."
7. Dishes in the sink or on the counter-top
This goes without saying, but dishes have to be addressed daily. Once it's clean and dry, put it away as soon as you can to avoid the clutter.
8. Laundry and "clean" clothes
We all have to deal with laundry and the work that it requires. Laundry baskets full of clean clothes create a feeling of clutter if you don't address this daily. Get in the habit of putting clean laundry away every single day. Do not let it linger. Also, maybe you or your spouse have a space in your room or closet where you lay "clean" clothes, meaning you only wore it a few hours and it's too clean to wash but too dirty to put away. Start hanging or folding these items daily. Avoid putting them on the chairs or the beds. Create a specific space to store these until they need to be washed.
9. Overfilled shelves and cabinets
Declutter the interior of those cabinets. Too much clutter creates stress when they are filled to capacity. You can't find what you need if there is too much stuff. Eliminate all of the excesses and create a space for only what you use and love.
10. Visible cords and wires
We all have and use our home electronics, but the cords are unsightly. Look at Pinterest for some creative ways to hide those cords. There are plenty of ideas and resources available to accomplish this. You'll appreciate the look of your home when you address this clutter issue.
11. Unclear surface tops
Not every space in your home needs to be covered and decorated. If you have a tendency to create piles and decorate your dresser tops, bedside tabletops, and bureau tops, you'll make your space look cluttered. Leave open spaces as often as you can. Put items away in drawers and containers and keep the clutter at a minimum.
So, there you have it. We have addressed 11 common reasons your home looks cluttered. I hope this information has been beneficial to you.