EIGHT DESIGN MISTAKES THAT ARE MAKING YOUR HOME LOOK CLUTTERED

There’s just something about a new year that gets everybody moving. We want to be better, more organized, basically just feel like we’ve got our life under control! Am I right?

Well if any of your New Year’s Resolutions include getting your home in shape, you’ve come to the right place. Because today on the blog we’re sharing eight common design mistakes that are making your home look cluttered! This means, no matter how much you’ve cleaned — your home still doesn’t look as tidy as you may have hoped. These may be the reasons as to why:

1. USING THE FRIDGE AS A MESSAGE CENTER

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I’m sure we’re all thinking about grandmas house now. Or am I the only one who loved going over to her home to see all the old photos of my cousins, graduation and wedding announcements, etc. hung right up on her fridge with magnets from all over the world? It’s a fun display, I understand! But if you’re wondering where this feeling of having too much stuff is coming from, check here first. Nothing makes a kitchen feel more messy than a wall of pictures all in disarray.

2. NOT HAVING AN ARRANGED MAIL DROP ZONE

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AKA clear those countertops! All too often the kitchen counter, dining table, entry table or even office desk get used as a drop zone for mail, kid’s homework and to-do lists! Well, there’s a reason your home still feels cluttered. You’ve got a pile of junk mountains high hanging out in your living spaces! Tuck them away. I love this idea (above) of a designated drop zone. But even if this is not a possibility for your home, find a drawer, a cupboard, a basket tucked away in a closet maybe? Let’s end here by quoting that all too famous motto: “Out of sight, out of mind.”

3. UNSIGHTLY CORDS

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Nothing will register more messy in a clean home than a tangle of cords. Tv’s, game systems, computers, lamps — they all require electricity. So how do you get rid of them without physically getting rid of them? Check out this post via The Gold Hive — she gives plenty of great tips (for each space) when it comes to hiding cords. I promise that with just a little bit of effort here, your room will feel more put together than ever!

4. OVERCROWDED BOOKSHELVES

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For many, your shelves, bookcases and cabinets may be a place to display your collection of figurines or whatever else it is you pick up from your many travels. BUT putting all of these items on display at once leads to one very visually cluttered space. I’m here to tell you that dead space is not bad space. It’s something we designers like to call breathing room. And everything on your shelves needs the opportunity to breathe. So my suggestion here: Take everything off, gather all of your favorite + absolute must display items in one pile, and then layer them back in giving them lots of room to shine!

5. MATCHING FURNITURE

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Ever wonder why your room feels so bulky? Could it be because you’ve got a matching bedroom set? Trust me when I say that your furniture duo is taking way more of a toll on your eyes than you may think it is. Believe it or not but a mix of wood tones and upholstery items actually gives your eyes a place to rest. Making your room feel less overcrowded. Just trust me and try it!

6. YOU’VE HUNG YOUR CURTAINS TOO LOW

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This may seem like another silly idea but it’s all about the mind games! Tricking the eye to make it think that the room is bigger, cleaner, brighter than it actually may be. Nothing kills a design more than curtains hung wrong. And if I were to guess my most commonly asked question it would be that of hanging curtains. To which I always say, “hang them AS HIGH AS YOU CAN!” Your room will instantly feel bigger. And when your room feels larger, it feels less crammed with furniture.

7. FURNITURE PUSHED AGAINST THE WALL

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This is a tip I feel that many people don’t actually know about. It’s called resist the urge to push all your furniture against the wall! One might think that furniture against the wall would create more space making the room feel more open, right? WRONG. Doing so leaves a room with fewer sight lines, fewer uninterrupted paths for your eyes to travel. It also winds up leaving you with a much too large dead space in the middle of the room. Short on space? Pulling your sofa away from the wall, even just by a few inches, can make all the difference!

8. PRODUCT PILEUP

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Us ladies sure do like our makeup, hair and facial products. But please oh please, never leave them on display! Even if you’re short on storage, there are plenty of other solutions. And truth is, you probably don’t use half of them on a regular basis. Better to just de-junk and throw them out. Our client for #theogdenproject remodel (above) felt a lack of storage space in her master bath. So we added two counter cabinets to either side of her vanity. Both beautiful and practical!

So there you have it! Eight tips for helping your home feel less cluttered this year. Surely one of these tips could be something you can try out in your own home! And I hope that doing so will leave your space feeling bigger, brighter, tidier and happier for 2019.

Xo, Ames

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