When looking for new ideas for redecorating you'll probably be overwhelmed by a pile of advice suggesting you completely de-clutter before you even start. But a life completely free from untidy things just does not exist. Especially if you're the kind of person who has built up a lifetime of treasured possessions, or one who simply finds an empty home to be a little bit lackluster.
The idea, in this case, is to control the clutter and organize it in a functional and stylish way. Arrange items according to their color or purpose, and place them where they will be easy to reach whenever you need them. Keep the disorder to a minimum by using plain containers, placing similar items on trays or in boxes, and being selective about the items you display and the items you hide away.
Here are several ways to decorate with usual, everyday objects that will make your home an ultimate happy place.
1. Keep Close the Items You Reach for Most
Up the style and functionality in your bathroom by keeping your scrubbing brushes and cleaning cloths on hand. Placed next to a freestanding bathtub, for example, a timber stool will encourage you to give the bathroom a quick cleaning blitz every time you shower.
2. Make a DIY Suspended Wardrobe
This is particularly useful for smaller homes or older homes that lack built-in storage. Take a sturdy tree branch and tie it up to the ceiling. This will keep your clothing off the floor and free from creases. Try making it into a pulley design so you can hoist it up and out of sight when required.
3. Go Vertical
If you've got a pedestal sink and a bathroom mirror that isn't equipped with a cabinet, it can pay to get creative and go vertical with your storage. A wicker basket can be nailed to the wall for a handy place to drape a hand towel while also providing ample storage to help keep the sink top free from clutter.
4. Reuse, Repurpose And Recycle
In our throw-away age, it can be tempting to buy all-new storage solutions for every corner of the house. But sometimes it's good to just stop and think: Is there anything I already own that can be made to fit a new purpose? For example, a piece of timber can be fitted with a pair of vintage glass jars to hold knickknacks and utensils.
5. Don't See a Problem, See Potential
Older homes are coveted for their character and quirks. Rather than working against them, use them to your advantage. Missing a place to store your towels? Pop in a pretty chair. Does Sash window keep falling down? Keep the air flowing with a stack of books propping it open. These may not be the most practical or most long-term solution, but it will help you make peace with an old home's idiosyncrasies until a more permanent fix comes along.