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Declutter your house

Even a beautiful house won’t fetch you compliments if it looks cluttered all the time. All you need is to take care of little things that people often tend to ignore, reports Roma Arora.

india Updated: Mar 03, 2012 02:32 IST
Roma Arora

Even a beautiful house won’t fetch you compliments if it looks cluttered all the time. All you need is to take care of little things that people often tend to ignore. For instance, use more and more dual furniture options, give space to shelves and cabinets on the wall than just hanging a huge family portrait. You can begin with replacing bulky sofa sets with collapsable chairs and modern coffee table. Avoid large bright carpets, instead go for mats and simple rugs. Use bamboo chiks in place of curtains with heavy fabrics and fancy drapes. Avoid decking up the house with too many decorative pieces such as photo frames and other knickknacks. Here are more tips from experts to help you get a clutter-free home.

Living room
* Furniture with inbuilt storage helps in decluttering the living room area, such as tables with inbuilt drawers. One can also opt for cabinets and shelves on the walls with sliding doors.
* If your room also opens up for dining room, then go for round dining table that saves space.
* One of the best living room decorating ideas is to replace the TV stand with an LCD. This is because they can be easily mounted on the wall and does not occupy too much space. Also, stack your CDs, DVDs and cassettes in a separate tray or cabinet for easy access and clutter free space.
* Place your sofas in a corner of the room. One can opt for folding chairs as well.
* Give enough scope for lighting, overhead lighting will add colours to your living room.
- By Lavpreet Singh, La Designs

Kitchen
* Opt for modular kitchen over traditional set up. Also, don’t keep the microwave or food processor on the slab, get separate cabinets for them.
* Don’t waste wall space. Hang things you use daily (like utensils, cutlery and knives) or store them in a separate shelf on the wall. Use square or rectangle storage boxes, not circles or other unusual shapes.
* Aside from a few fridge magnets and a potted plant or two, keep your kitchen free from memorabilia.
* You can use movable trolleys with shelves for storage purpose as well. Another thing, choose units and cabinets with sliding doors and, if you have a kitchen door, ensure it’s a sliding one as well.
- By Tara Kaushal, Heavenandhome.com

Bathroom
* For a clutter-free bathroom, it’s important to save the floor space, at the same not fill up the walls completely with pegs and storages — whatever piece of furniture is used should have a multi-utility. For instance, the basin counter could be free standing or wall mounted with storage as a part of it by way of drawers or shutters. Also, use light colours on the wall to create a feeling of space.
* A clothes stand behind the door could prevent abuse of walls for hanging clothes.
* Mirror above the counter could double up as mirror and sleek storage for toiletries and daily use items, etc.
* One large cabinet with mirrored shutters can take care of storage and visual impact, since it will have a mirrored front it would add to the feeling of spaciousness.
* If there’s a possibility for a bench, it could have a pull out for dirty laundry under the seat.
- By Punam Kalra, furniture designer

Study room
* Shelving on the walls can be placed where books are displayed. One can even make a composition of open and closed shelves, so that the not so attractive ones can he hidden. Put LED lighting along the entire length of the shelf to give illumination.
* Keep less furniture, try to keep the desk against the wall, shelving over it and less pieces in the center of the room. Use medium and light shades on the walls too, as this gives a feeling of spaciousness.
* Keep large windows with adequate sunlight filtering in, this really adds to space illusion as the indoor and outdoor merge.
* Wooden panelling or slate tiles on one wall along with a neutral sand or a medium grey with accents in citrus colours makes a stunning scheme. Always have a pen stand on the table to keep it clean and have a clipboard for a tidy look.
* Keep large windows with adequate sunlight filtering in, this really adds to space illusion as the indoor and outdoor merge.
- By Nupur Gupta, Alchemy