Today’s post will help you create a more organized and simplified home by learning to reduce visual clutter. We’ll explore 8 effective tips to reduce visual clutter and create a more peaceful, clutter-free home you can rest in, relax in and enjoy!
In a world filled with distractions, our homes should be a sanctuary of peace and tranquillity. Visual clutter, however, can disrupt this sense of calm and make your living spaces feel chaotic and overwhelming.
Learning to reduce visual clutter in your home can go a long way to change the way your home looks, feels and functions. Creating a home that looks and feels more peaceful, calming and tidier. All while giving you more space to use and enjoy your home without clutter getting in the way.
Let’s get to it! Here are 8 ways to reduce visual clutter in your home:
8 ways to reduce visual clutter
1. Start with a plan
Visual clutter is the clutter you can see when you look around your home. That includes anything on your floor, walls, flat surfaces, countertops, etc.
Before diving into decluttering, take a moment to visualize your ideal space. What do you want it to look and feel like? Where do you notice a lot of visual clutter?
Create a plan that includes specific goals for your spaces so you know exactly what you want to achieve by decluttering and reducing visual clutter.
2. Sort what’s causing visual clutter
Once you have a vision for your space, the next step is sorting through what’s causing the visual clutter to begin with.
When sorting what’s causing visual clutter, things can usually be grouped into the following categories
- Stuff you use, need or love that needs to be put away elsewhere where it belongs
- Stuff you use, need or love that you need to find a home for
- True clutter or stuff you don’t use, need or love that you need to donate, sell, recycle or toss
- Items you use, need or love that you want to keep in the current location
Once you’ve sorted the items into categories, start dealing with them.
Put items away where they belong if they have a spot to keep them elsewhere.
Find homes for things that don’t have a spot to keep them. This may require some decluttering to be able to find homes for everything.
Get rid of the clutter, either by donating, selling, trashing or recycling it.
And finally, put the items you’re keeping in the area you’re decluttering where they belong.
3. Troubleshoot the problem spots
As you sort the visual clutter, pay attention to what kinds of items were in the space causing visual clutter. As well as pay attention to why clutter was piling up in the space to begin with.
Brainstorm ways to prevent clutter from accumulating in the area moving forward. Do you need a better system to stay organized? Do you need less stuff to manage and fit in the space? Would space limits or containers help you stay organized and limit the amount of stuff?
The goal is to identify and troubleshoot any clutter hot spots to prevent clutter from piling up again in the future. Become a problem solver and see if you can make the space more functional and visually appealing for your needs and preferences.
4. Start with less
One of the keys to reducing visual clutter is by reducing the amount of stuff you have on your floors, walls and flat surfaces in general.
When you start with less stuff, you automatically reduce visual clutter and make it easier to keep the space looking and feeling clutter-free moving forward. Less stuff automatically visually creates a calmer, tidier, simpler space.
Not only that but when you have less stuff in a space, it becomes easier to spot any clutter you need to deal with before it gets out of control.
It’s easy to become clutter blind to clutter over time. You get so used to seeing clutter in a space, that you stop even noticing it! But when you start with a simplified and clutter-free space, clutter tends to stand out more and be easier to spot.
Another advantage of having less on the surfaces of your home is it makes it easier to reset those spaces to keep them tidy and clutter-free. When there’s less stuff to manage and take care of, it’s quicker and easier to tidy a space and reset it back to baseline.
5. Use smart storage solutions
Another great way to reduce visual clutter is by using storage solutions that help you hide away items that tend to cause visual clutter in your space.
You can use baskets, shelves, cupboards, bins, etc. to keep things organized and out of sight. Labelling containers can also be helpful to make it easy to find what you’re looking for.
While open shelving can be trendy, it can also contribute to visual clutter. Aim to display items that are especially meaningful or are used frequently. Then keep the rest tucked away out of sight to limit and reduce the amount of visual busyness and clutter.
Just remember to always declutter first before organizing. You don’t want to waste time, space and even money on organizing containers by organizing clutter. Get rid of the clutter first, then focus on organizing what you truly use, need and love.
6. Aim for a cohesive color palette
Another easy way to reduce visual clutter is by using a cohesive color palette throughout your spaces. Coordinating colors can create a more cohesive and visually appealing space.
Select a color palette that feels visually appealing and harmonious to you. Avoid using excessive patterns and opt for a unified color scheme and palette instead.
7. Make it a habit
One of the most important ways to reduce visual clutter in your home is through your habits.
You live in your home and stuff is bound to get left out on your surfaces adding visual clutter. Not only that, but flat surfaces tend to be magnets for stuff and clutter!
Get in the habit of resetting and clearing your surfaces on a daily basis. Put items away where they belong, get rid of any unnecessary items or clutter, and generally reset each surface back to baseline.
Make it a habit so you reset your flat surfaces often. That way clutter won’t have a chance to accumulate and become overwhelming, and your surfaces will stay tidy and clutter-free on a regular basis. Tidy, clutter-free surfaces will instantly transform the way your spaces look, feel and function.
8. Declutter regularly
Clutter often accumulates over time. Not only will getting in the habit of resetting your surfaces regularly help reduce visual clutter. But making decluttering a regular part of your routine will help too.
Set aside time regularly to declutter your home, one small area at a time. This consistent effort will prevent clutter from piling up and help you stay on top of the amount of stuff in your home.
Reduce visual clutter
Use these 8 tips to help reduce visual clutter in your home and create a home that looks and feels how you’ve always wanted.
Is visual clutter something you struggle with in your home? Let me know if you’re ready to start tackling it in the comments below!