A new home. A vacant room. An empty closet. There’s something exciting invigorating about the possibilities of a fresh start.
No one plans to fill their home with clutter or stuff their closets with junk. But without a deliberate plan in place, those empty spaces can get crowded in a hurry.
The great news is that, even if your space is already stuffed full, it is possible to start over and get the beautifully designed and functional space you desire. Here’s how:
1. Empty the space.
Whether it’s a small cabinet, a shelf, or a large room, start with a clean slate. Remove every single item from that space. An empty area will help you look at the space with new eyes and a fresh perspective.
2. Clean the space.
Clean, dust, vacuum, maybe even paint. An area is much easier to deep clean when empty. Take advantage of this opportunity by giving it a good scrub.
3. Evaluate the purpose of the space.
Before you add even one thing back your space, determine the best purpose of this particular area. Perhaps the home office you designed years ago has become a catch-all for junk because you typically work on your laptop in your favorite comfy chair. Or the cabinet is full of board games you don’t play. Or your kitchen cabinet is filled with everything but cooking supplies. Let go of ideal standards and create a space that functions best for the way you actually live and operate in your home. Be crystal clear on what the purpose is for each area in your home.
4. Use laser focus when filling the space.
Be ruthless with what you add back to each area. Make sure that what you place on each shelf, cabinet, or room lines up with your specific purpose for each space. Add only the best, the useful, and the beautiful. Avoid adding anything that will make the space look as stuffed and cluttered as it was before. Be deliberate and focused.
When it comes to your space, don’t be afraid to start over and get a fresh start. Use this 4-step process to help clean, organize, and simplify any space. Will you give it a try?