Clutter has an effect on a space no matter how little or how much of it there is. It has a habit of building up over time so you need to maintain the upper hand over it if you want to feel truly comfortable in your surroundings. I am usually quite vigilant when it comes to clutter build up so things usually stay in pretty good shape. Below is a photo of my living/dinning area last Sunday morning when I got up. I know it looks in pretty good shape but clutter is clutter and it would only take a couple of days of build up to become quite a mess. So I took action.
The offending items shown above are as follows…
- Steve’s watch which he puts here when he is at home. I would prefer he put it in the basket provided for the car keys and his wallet but he is concerned it could get scratched up. Acceptable reason for positioning.
- Steve’s backpack that he takes when riding his motorbike to work has a habit of living in my dining room from Monday to Friday whether he is riding all week or not. I have spoken to him about this and we agree it can hang on the hook where his bike leathers hang in the upstairs closet. That way it will only come out if the leathers are out and can be put away when they are put away. Problem solved.
- Baseball declutter items. These items were left here for me to process after Steve had another declutter cycle through the garage. He is getting more ruthless with every round and I love it. They have since been photographed and put back in the garage with some like items to be collected by a Freecycle customer.
- Liam’s shoes. I despair of him ever learning to put his shoes away after him. There is almost always a pair sitting under my kitchen bench or near the front door even though there is a perfectly good shoe cupboard right in the front entry. They are now put away.
- The patchwork quilt is usually draped over an armchair by the window but we had friends over about two weeks previous and needed the extra seating. The chair got put back but the quilt never did. I have now put it back where it belongs.
Tidying up this landscape took about 10 minutes which included a quick conversation with my husband about a solution for the backpack and taking a photo of the baseball declutter items. I was happy with the difference it made to the look of the space even though there wasn’t that much clutter there to begin with. Below are the before and after photos beside one another so you can see the difference.