Simple steps for how to make a room look less cluttered. Find out which decluttering tasks have the biggest immediate impact on your space.
How to Make a Room Look Less Cluttered
Whether you're preparing to sell your home, or you just want to make your space feel calmer, removing clutter is an easy, inexpensive way to make your home look and feel more comfortable.
In this article, you'll find out how to make a cluttered room look nice, and things that make your house look cluttered that you may not have thought about before.
How to Make a Cluttered Room Look Nice
If you're facing a messy or cluttered room, it can be hard to know where to start! Make it easy on yourself, and go through the following steps to take care of the visual clutter in your space.
- Get rid of trash. Always do this step first! Grab a garbage bag, and circle the room, throwing out trash as you go. Don't worry about putting things away, cleaning, or anything else. Just clear the garbage out first.
- Put things back in place. Bring dirty laundry to the basket or hamper, put things back in their places. If you have a lot of items that belong in different rooms, gather them up in a box. When you're done putting stuff away in the room you're working on, take the box with you, and put things away room by room.
- Clear surfaces. Look at surfaces like tabletops, counters, floors, etc. Is there anything you could remove? You don't have to remove everything from all of your surfaces, but clearing things off will make your room look less cluttered.
- Do quick cleaning. Now that you've removed trash, put things away, and cleared surfaces, quickly clean any areas that obviously need it. Start with dusting and vacuuming. If you have mirrors or appliance surfaces, clean those too.
Things Making Your House Still Look Cluttered
If, after doing the steps above, you still feel like your room looks cluttered, take a look at the list below and see if there are any items you'd be willing to part with for the sake of having a less cluttered space.
Please note that you don't have to get rid of any of the things on this list.
Especially if you love the items or they are truly functional in your space.
This list of ideas will help you start to see your space in a new light and give you ideas for ways to make it feel less cluttered:
- Lots of blankets and pillows. Can you pare down your collection to make things look more streamlined? If you love all of your pillows and blankets, could you rotate them, and only have a few on display at once?
- Remotes. Store remotes in a basket or drawer so they're not always out in the open. If you have several remotes that you don't use regularly, they don't need to be on display all the time.
- Trinkets and collections.
- Coat Racks. Does your coat rack work well for you, or is it a clutter magnet?
- Things on the floor. Shoes, boxes etc.
- Open storage. Sometimes open storage looks beautiful, but often it ends up being a visual distraction. If you have a lot of items on open shelves or storage, consider putting them in pretty baskets to cut down on visual clutter, while still keeping your storage space usable.
- Too much on the walls. Take down a few pieces and see how it opens up the room.
- Too much furniture.
- Personal items out in the open. Lotions, vitamins, slippers, etc.
- Magazines, reading materials. Organize them in a basket, or store them neatly on a shelf.
- Open garbage bins. Close the lids on trash cans. If your garbage bin doesn't have a lid, evaluate whether it's contributing visual clutter. Could you move it to a cabinet or closet?
- Paper piles. Here are some ideas for dealing with paper clutter.
- Pet supplies.
- Rugs and doormats.
- Visible reminder notes, post its, etc.
- Phone/Tablet Chargers
- Too Many Plants
- No Drop Zone. A good drop zone system can make a huge difference helping your family get organized, and making your house look less cluttered.
Cluttered Room Cluttered Mind
One of the biggest advantages of removing clutter is the calm you'll feel.
Having a lot of visual clutter makes you feel more stressed, and it makes it harder for you to focus.