Home Décors And Accessories: What You Need To Know

home decor styles

Generally, the key to your room or home aesthetic depends on your decorative choices as well as your accessories. These “simple” addition to your space can make your room look bigger, more pleasing, cozy, and comfortable. On the other hand, overdoing your decors can also make your home feel more restricted. 

One advantage of room decors is that; you won’t need to spend thousands to make your home look elegant and sophisticated. Many local home supplies stores offer budget-friendly home accessories you can purchase for home improvement. Some people also opt to make their own DIY decors, using some craft materials and their imagination.

This article will guide you on all the basics you need to know about home decors and accessories. Hopefully, our tips and tricks will help you achieve your dream home. 

Plan Ahead

The first step to achieving your target theme is to plan ahead. Going to furniture and home décor shops without any plan may lead to a waste of time, money, and effort. You may even end up getting unnecessary accessories. You have to decide on the theme and plan your furniture and accessories accordingly. 

Accurate measurements of your room are also crucial. For instance, purchasing a huge sofa when you don’t have enough space will only become a problem when you’re trying to put everything together. So, start with an open space, plan your design, and measure all corners of your room.

Look for Unique Pieces

Overwhelming your room with too many decors and accessories isn’t a practical approach. Minimalism is becoming a trend, and we definitely know why. Finding unique pieces will help build up your planned aesthetic and will make your room more spacious and inviting. One quality piece will bring more life to your room, compared to purchasing tiny knickknacks that might even look more like clutter than decors.

Identify Correct Proportions

Not all decors and accessories may work well in your given space. Purchasing a massive piece of furniture or décor for a tiny space may look awkward and uneven. On the other hand, a tiny piece of accessory in a huge room may also hide its beauty and won’t really make any impact at all. 

Finding the right proportion based on your room space is essential in keeping your decors and room accessories aligned and pleasing to look at. The right accessories will build your room and make it cozier and more comfortable. Knowing the right proportions also keep your budget at bay, so you won’t need to waste your budget on items that are not at par in terms of proportions.

Combine Different Textures and Colors

Sticking to a color scheme does not mean using just one or two colors in your room. Often, a pop of a different color may add a unique quality to your space. Try to experiment using different textures and colors. Adding a piece of accessory with a contrasting color or different texture will definitely improve the aesthetic quality of your home. Find decors that are inexpensive, flexible, and versatile to use even if you intend to alter your room design once in a while.

Layer your Accessories

Accessories and decors with different sizes should be added in layers. Thus, prioritize your large accessories first, and work your way until your smallest one. However, do not overdo your decorations. You actually don’t need to put decors in all corners of your room. Keeping a well-balanced arrangement will definitely do the job. Sometimes, having one accent wall is enough to achieve your dream room makeover.

Common Home Accessories and Decors

If you’re not sure where to start, here’s a list of some of the most common decors you can purchase to improve the aesthetic of your space. Try to plan out and choose the right proportions, texture, and color scheme to make your room as cozy as possible. 

  • Additional lighting
  • Mirrors and paintings
  • Bins
  • Carpet or rugs
  • Pillowcases
  • Flowers, twigs
  • Hanging decors
  • Books and other collections
  • Photos

Conclusion

Decorating your room and transforming it into a cozy space for you to relax in is everyone’s dream. However, not everyone can afford an interior designer to make their dream makeover possible. The good news is that you won’t need to! There are plenty of decors and accessories you can use to improve the aesthetic of your space. You only need to know the basics and use your imagination to plan out the elements you want in your room. With these simple steps, you’ll surely achieve your dream room makeover.

Need more help with picking a floor or window covering? See products in person at your nearest Andersens store or book a free measure and quote and we’ll come to you.

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Home Décors And Accessories: What You Need To Know

Home Décors And Accessories: What You Need To Know

home decor styles

Generally, the key to your room or home aesthetic depends on your decorative choices as well as your accessories. These “simple” addition to your space can make your room look bigger, more pleasing, cozy, and comfortable. On the other hand, overdoing your decors can also make your home feel more restricted. 

One advantage of room decors is that; you won’t need to spend thousands to make your home look elegant and sophisticated. Many local home supplies stores offer budget-friendly home accessories you can purchase for home improvement. Some people also opt to make their own DIY decors, using some craft materials and their imagination.

This article will guide you on all the basics you need to know about home decors and accessories. Hopefully, our tips and tricks will help you achieve your dream home. 

Plan Ahead

The first step to achieving your target theme is to plan ahead. Going to furniture and home décor shops without any plan may lead to a waste of time, money, and effort. You may even end up getting unnecessary accessories. You have to decide on the theme and plan your furniture and accessories accordingly. 

Accurate measurements of your room are also crucial. For instance, purchasing a huge sofa when you don’t have enough space will only become a problem when you’re trying to put everything together. So, start with an open space, plan your design, and measure all corners of your room.

Look for Unique Pieces

Overwhelming your room with too many decors and accessories isn’t a practical approach. Minimalism is becoming a trend, and we definitely know why. Finding unique pieces will help build up your planned aesthetic and will make your room more spacious and inviting. One quality piece will bring more life to your room, compared to purchasing tiny knickknacks that might even look more like clutter than decors.

Identify Correct Proportions

Not all decors and accessories may work well in your given space. Purchasing a massive piece of furniture or décor for a tiny space may look awkward and uneven. On the other hand, a tiny piece of accessory in a huge room may also hide its beauty and won’t really make any impact at all. 

Finding the right proportion based on your room space is essential in keeping your decors and room accessories aligned and pleasing to look at. The right accessories will build your room and make it cozier and more comfortable. Knowing the right proportions also keep your budget at bay, so you won’t need to waste your budget on items that are not at par in terms of proportions.

Combine Different Textures and Colors

Sticking to a color scheme does not mean using just one or two colors in your room. Often, a pop of a different color may add a unique quality to your space. Try to experiment using different textures and colors. Adding a piece of accessory with a contrasting color or different texture will definitely improve the aesthetic quality of your home. Find decors that are inexpensive, flexible, and versatile to use even if you intend to alter your room design once in a while.

Layer your Accessories

Accessories and decors with different sizes should be added in layers. Thus, prioritize your large accessories first, and work your way until your smallest one. However, do not overdo your decorations. You actually don’t need to put decors in all corners of your room. Keeping a well-balanced arrangement will definitely do the job. Sometimes, having one accent wall is enough to achieve your dream room makeover.

Common Home Accessories and Decors

If you’re not sure where to start, here’s a list of some of the most common decors you can purchase to improve the aesthetic of your space. Try to plan out and choose the right proportions, texture, and color scheme to make your room as cozy as possible. 

  • Additional lighting
  • Mirrors and paintings
  • Bins
  • Carpet or rugs
  • Pillowcases
  • Flowers, twigs
  • Hanging decors
  • Books and other collections
  • Photos

Conclusion

Decorating your room and transforming it into a cozy space for you to relax in is everyone’s dream. However, not everyone can afford an interior designer to make their dream makeover possible. The good news is that you won’t need to! There are plenty of decors and accessories you can use to improve the aesthetic of your space. You only need to know the basics and use your imagination to plan out the elements you want in your room. With these simple steps, you’ll surely achieve your dream room makeover.

Need more help with picking a floor or window covering? See products in person at your nearest Andersens store or book a free measure and quote and we’ll come to you.

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Choosing a Neutral Floor Covering

Neutral-coloured floor coverings provide a versatile foundation for your decor. Whether your taste runs more traditional or minimalist, our guide will help you select a neutral floor covering for your design style.

What is a neutral colour?

A truly neutral colour is neither cool nor warm. Black, white, and grey are true neutrals composed of other colours in perfect balance. Other like browns, tans, beiges, off-whites, and variants of grey have more apparent colour undertones. These near-neutrals are commonly referred to as earth colours.

Choosing a Neutral

White

Light and bright, a white floor can help to make your space appear bigger. If you go for white walls and ceilings as well, stop your interiors from resembling a doctor’s surgery by adding splashes of colour and texture. A white floor can be more high maintenance, so keep this in mind when making your decision.

Living room with white timber-look vinyl flooring furnished with modern furniture

Beige

A beige floor is not as stark as a white one but still provides a light backdrop for your interiors. Beige usually has undertones of yellow or pink and is a common colour in classical homes. Pair your beige floors with warm white or deep brown so they don’t look sickly. It also works well with shades of green and blue. The most important thing to remember about beige flooring is to light it attractively. When poorly lit, beige floors can look old and tired.

Children's playroom with beige carpet

Grey

Grey is an effortlessly chic neutral flooring colour that meshes well with trendy colour palettes. This elegant neutral is a great base for urban and contemporary interior styles. When picking a grey floor, look out for undertones. Cool grey has blue, green, or purple undertones and will make your space feel airy and light. Warm grey has brown, red, or yellow undertones and creates a more cosy feeling.

Minimalist bathroom with standing bath and grey tiles

Brown

Brown occurs frequently in nature, so it’s no surprise that it looks right with many other colours. It is especially beautiful in a timber or timber-look floor covering. Although it’s naturally suitable for rustic interiors, brown flooring suits numerous design styles, especially ones that feature saturated colour accents. Complement brown floors with furnishings in metallic, glass, or iridescent finishes for a glamorous lift.

Formal lounge room with rich brown timber-look vinyl plank flooring

Black

As the saying goes, ‘black goes with everything’. Whether it’s an edgy timber floor or luxe glossy tile, black flooring provides serious dramatic flair. Pair black flooring with colourful accents for a more playful vibe or couple it with white for a classic combo. Want a less harsh effect? Try a floor covering in a charcoal shade.

Close-up of sofa sitting on black carpet

New Neutrals

Feel like something a little different? New neutrals bend the rules by including other hues from the colour spectrum. Pastels like sage, blush, lavender, and dusty blues are muted enough that you can still be flexible with your decorating choices. You’ll most likely find these colours in carpet, tile, and vinyl floor coverings.

Planter sitting on sea foam green carpet

Need more help with picking a neutral floor covering? See products in person at your nearest Andersens store or book a free measure and quote and we’ll come to you.

FAQs about Loose Lay Vinyl Flooring, Answered!

Loose lay vinyl plank flooring installed in a contemporary apartment bedroom

Loose lay vinyl flooring is one of the most popular floor coverings today, but as a newer option than carpet or tiles, customers still have questions about how to install or care for it. Check out our answers to some frequently asked questions about this innovative floor covering.

What is it loose lay vinyl flooring?

Loose lay vinyl flooring is a synthetic floor covering that can be installed without glue, staples, or a click lock system. It is usually made of a wear layer on top for durability, a photographic layer which bears the plank or tile’s design, and stability, filler, or grip layers underneath.

What is the difference between loose lay vinyl and vinyl sheet?

Loose lay vinyl flooring is available in tile or plank formats to called loose lay vinyl plank and loose lay vinyl tile respectively. Loose lay formats more authentically replicate the look of tile and hardwood floors. In comparison, sheet flooring is lower cost and is supplied in a large roll. Grout lines or gaps between planks are printed onto the design of the sheet but do not look as realistic as a loose lay vinyl.

Do I need to use furniture protectors?

Loose lay vinyl is scratch-resistant, but moving heavy furniture across the surface can still do damage. Because of this, furniture pads and protectors are a good investment.

Is it suitable for pets?

This innovative floor covering is scratch-resistant thanks to its wear layer and protective coatings. The higher the quality of the product you choose, the better it will hold up to the activities of even the most playful puppy. The sound-dampening characteristic of vinyl minimises the noise of your pet’s nails on the floor. Loose lay vinyl also enables easy clean up of any little accidents thanks to its waterproof quality.

Can it be sanded/re-surfaced/re-coated?

Loose lay vinyl cannot be sanded or re-coated as it is made from a synthetic material. Damaged planks or tiles can, however, be easily individually removed and replaced.

Will it expand or swell?

Loose lay vinyl is waterproof, so will not expand or swell upon contact with water like timber or laminate do. That being said, you should promptly mop up spills to avoid liquid seeping into any cracks between the planks or tiles.

Can I install it over existing floors?

Loose lay can be installed over any hard floor surface and long as it is smooth, sturdy, and dust-free. Note that when installing over tiles that grout lines may need to be filled in order to provide an even surface. We generally do not recommend installation of loose lay vinyl plank flooring over carpet.

Do I need to install underlay underneath?

An underlay is not essential when installing loose lay vinyl but you can install one to add cushioning and sound reduction for a comfier, quieter floor.

How do I clean it?

Loose lay vinyl plank is very low-maintenance. To clean, just sweep or vacuum, or use a damp mop and cleaning solution as suggested by the manufacturer.

Have more questions about loose lay vinyl flooring? Pop into your nearest Andersens store for answers from our flooring experts.

Goal-setting for Renovating

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If you’re about to tackle a home renovation, it’s crucial to set goals. Renovating without a goal in mind can quickly lead to cost blowouts. Setting goals will help you maintain focus and keep your project on track.

All in the details

To make the most of your goal-setting, you need to be specific. For example, elaborate on a general goal like ‘a modern kitchen’ by developing it into ‘a functional, open-plan kitchen which will allow my family to get ready quickly in the morning’. Defining detailed goals will help you to structure a project plan for renovation success!

Set a budget

A budget doesn’t have to be a bad thing. A budget gives you boundaries. Sticking to a budget will also speed up your decision-making process. However, leave yourself some wiggle room. With most renovations, unanticipated costs tend to pop up, so you may need to update your budget as you go.

Define a time frame

The nightmare of a never-ending renovation can be avoided by defining a time-frame. Setting time-frames keeps you accountable. Make your project more manageable by breaking your timeline into stages or chunks. Your goals will be more achievable and less intimidating. You’ll also enjoy a sense of accomplishment as you tick off tasks. This will keep you motivated to complete your end goal of transforming your home.

Need advice on choosing a new floor or window covering for your renovation project? See the experts at Andersens.

Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Carpet

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There’s nothing quite like the feeling of fresh new carpet. A carpet past its prime, on the other hand, is a sad sight to behold. How do you know when it’s time to replace your carpet? The life of your carpet varies depending on its quality, ranging between 5 to 25 years, but there are some signs you can look for that indicate your carpet may be due for replacement.

The Carpet is Stained

A stained carpet is unsightly and can be embarrassing if you have guests over. If no amount of cleaning can remove the staining, hire a professional carpet cleaner. If even the pros can’t restore your carpet, and there’s no option to replace the affected section, it may be time to bid your carpet adieu.

The Underlay is Aged

The underlay or padding installed underneath your carpet is designed to make your flooring more comfortable to walk and lay on. If your carpet underlay has deteriorated over time, it can cause unevenness and wrinkles on your carpet surface. Not only does this age your home, it doesn’t feel great underfoot either.

It’s Faded

Over time, light from the sun can strip your carpet of colour. Although re-dyeing your carpet can be an option, results can be mixed, and might not be worth the cost or effort compared to replacing it entirely. If your once vibrant flooring is now only a washed-out shade of its former self, it could be time to replace it.

It Smells

Regular cleaning of your carpet should be able to keep smells at bay. If you notice lingering odours coming from your carpet even after a cleaning, the smells may have seeped deeper into your flooring. In more extreme cases, this could even be a sign of mold or mildew, which can pose a health risk to your family. It’s a surefire sign that your carpet needs to go.

Wear and Tear

Is your carpet matted, frayed, or ripped? Matted or crushed carpet fibres can sometimes be returned to their former fullness with cleaning. If your carpet has lost its form for good, though, it will no longer be very comfortable to walk on. Frays and tears can be difficult to repair, and depending on the size of the tearing, also dangerous for your home’s inhabitants. In this case, it’s best to look at updating your carpet.

Ready to pick out your new carpet? Visit your nearest Andersens showroom or call us on 1800 016 016 for an obligation-free FREE measure and quote.

Carpet Buying Guide

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Looking for the best carpet? Let our carpet buying guide guide you! Because of factors like budget and taste, the best carpet for your neighbour might not be the best carpet for you. So, how can you decide which carpet will suit you? Start by considering these points.

FIBRES

Many home renovators dream of a bottomless bank account. The reality is most home renovators do have to consider their budget. Carpet is a more affordable flooring option but the price can still vary. The cost of your carpet will depend on which carpet fibre you choose. Check out the features of each carpet below.

Polypropylene

  • Synthetic
  • Most affordable
  • Colour-fast
  • Resists most stains
  • Water-resistant
  • Limited colour range

Polyester

  • Synthetic
  • Affordable
  • Soft
  • Lustrous appearance
  • Rich colour
  • Water and stain-resistant

Nylon

  • Synthetic
  • Stain-resistant
  • Durable
  • Wide colour range

Solution Dyed Nylon

  • Synthetic
  • Increased stain-resistance
  • Increased colour-fastness
  • Long-term durability

Triexta

  • Synthetic
  • Soft
  • Matte appearance
  • Highly stain-resistant
  • Partially made from corn

Wool

  • Natural
  • Luxurious
  • Soft
  • Insulating
  • Biodegradable

STYLES

A big part of buying carpet is style. The look of your carpet will differ based on the construction method used. 

Cut Pile

Cut pile carpets are created by cutting the yarn loops to create a  soft, upright pile. You can vary the pile length and twist level create a variety of styles, including:

Plush

  • Lightly-twisted yarn
  • Smooth surface
  • Formal look
  • Soft underfoot feel
  • Low-traffic areas
  • Suits formal spaces (living and dining rooms, guest rooms)

Twist

  • Pile twists in different directions
  • Random texture
  • Casual style
  • Soft underfoot feel
  • Durable
  • Hides tracking
  • Suits the whole home

Frieze

  • Longer pile
  • Textured finish
  • “Shaggy” look 
  • Soft underfoot feel
  • Durable
  • Hides tracking
  • Suits high traffic areas
  • Suits informal spaces (bedrooms, family rooms)

Loop Pile

This style is constructed by threading the fibres through the carpet backing to form a series of loops. The following are some styles of loop pile carpets:

Level loop pile

  • Tightly-threaded loops
  • Uniform surface
  • Durable
  • Suits high traffic areas (hallways)

Multi-level loop pile

  • Varying lengths of loops
  • Textured surface
  • Durable 
  • Distinct shapes and patterns
  • Hides dirt

Berber

  • Short loops
  • Rugged surface
  • Flecked appearance
  • Durable
  • Hides dirt and marks
  • Suits high-traffic areas

Cut & Loop Pile

Combining cutting and looping methods creates interesting sculpted patterns and effects. Installing this style of carpet adds a point of difference to your interiors.

Level cut and loop pile

  • Lineal patterns
  • Soft underfoot feel
  • Stylish
  • Hides dirt and footprints
  • Suits kids’ bedrooms or playrooms

Textured cut and loop pile

  • Uneven surface
  • Artistic patterns
  • Illusion of depth
  • Hides marks and dirt

GRADES

Carpets are often graded against their best form of application, so if you have a really specific need for acoustic, fire or traffic rating ask one of our experienced flooring consultants to advise which type of carpet is suitable. Often, the best result for your requirements, is not most expensive option. Listed below is a brief description of the various strengths of carpet available.

Not all carpet is manufactured for the same purpose and there is a lot to consider when choosing; Andersens can advise you on the right choice for your living space. Depending on your lifestyle or need, there exists a range of grades:

Medium Duty:
Medium to Low traffic flow, best for bedrooms and spare rooms

Heavy Duty:
Heavy traffic flow, best for hallways and busy living areas. Also, good for families 2/3 kids or more

Extra Heavy Duty:
A lot of traffic flow, great for hallways and busy living areas. Also, suitable for commercial offices/shops.

 

CARPETS BY ROOM

Bedroom: Carpet is an amazing choice for bedrooms. Soft underfoot and warm during the colder months, carpet will not only look amazing but will also make your bedroom feel cosier. 

Bathroom: Carpets might not be the best choice for your bathroom. Please speak with our sales consultant for advice on the best products for this area. 

Kitchen: Much like Bathrooms, kitchens aren’t the best place for carpet. With spillage, high amounts of water, chemicals etc. it might be a better option to look into tiles or vinyl.

Living:  Carpet is a great choice for living areas however, a durable and easy to clean fibre should be chosen to help make sure your brand-new carpet doesn’t soil or stain.

Hallway: Very similar to the Living room, the hallway or entry way is a great place to get resilient and easy to clean carpeting. Not only does it look great but it also provides comfort and can be easier to maintain then hardwoods.

Commercial Spaces: Carpet is a great choice for a commercial space.With a durable fibre and natural colour’s you can do amazing things for your commercial space.

Still need more help with buying carpet? Our friendly flooring experts at Andersens will be happy to help. Visit a showroom near you.

Mixing Interior Design Styles

An eclectically designed lounge room in an industrial style loft

You love mid-century modern. Your partner loves industrial. Or maybe it’s you who likes bohemian AND Hollywood glam? Either way, you might be wondering if it’s possible to use more than one interior design style in a space. The answer is ‘yes’, but of course, there are guides to follow for mixing styles seamlessly.

Let one style shine

Splitting the styling down the middle may seem like the fairest solution when decorating with a partner who has different taste to you. However, a 50/50 split risks creating a space without a focal point. Let one interior design style be the star and the second an accent. An 80/20 split will be more conducive to creating a space with visual harmony. Bigger furniture and decor objects like sofas and area rugs will dictate your main design style. Add smaller elements like lamps and cushions in a secondary style.

Restrain your colour palette

When combining interior design styles, it’s easy to overwhelm the eye with information due to too much variation. Using a limited colour palette can help elements of even wildly different styles look unified. Stick to a handful of colours at most for the best effect.

Put it on repeat

The same rule of restraint and repetition goes for textures, finishes, shapes, and patterns. For example, if you have a Memphis-style sofa with brass legs, decorating with a Moroccan brass serving tray will continue the look with a difference. If you have a globe-shaped pendant light, mimic the shape elsewhere with a spherical glass vase. This builds the relationship between elements so that they all belong.

Keep it even

Grouping too much of one style together will make the space feel unbalanced. Once you’ve defined your palette of colours, textures, shapes, and patterns, spread these elements evenly throughout your interior. Pull colours from your wall art to use on window coverings on an adjacent wall. Echo the tone of your hardwood flooring in timber photo frames. Help draw the eye around the space and take it in as a cohesive whole.

Need extra advice on decorating your interiors? Talk to the team at Andersens.

How to Care for Your Area Rug

Area rugs make beautiful additions to the home and the huge variety of styles means you can use it not only to define your space but to flaunt your excellent taste as well. Help your area rug retain its good looks for longer with our rug care tips.

Clean regularly

Regularly vacuuming your rug, at least once a week, will remove dirt before it becomes too deeply embedded in the rug pile. If your rug has delicate fringe or tassels, take care not to get these caught in your vacuum brush head when cleaning to avoid damage.

Shoes off

Rugs, as intricate as some can be, are made to walked on. However, you can extend the life of your rug by keeping dirty shoes off it. Have everyone in your home remove their shoes at the door, or at least provide a decent doormat they can scrape their shoes clean on so dirt isn’t tracked onto your rug. This will also reduce how frequently you will need to clean your rug – win/win!

Treat it

Rug protection treatments are commercially available and can help you extend the life of your area rug. Once applied, these products coat your rug surface in a protective barrier. This helps to repel liquids, dirt, and stains, and makes your rug easier to clean. These treatments are naturally best applied when your rug is still brand new, although they do generally require reapplication after a few years. Talk to a team member at your local Andersens store to get product suggestions for your rug.

Act quickly after accidents

As helpful as a stain treatment can be, it is not going to protect your rug 100%, so in case of spills, you’ll still want to act quickly to avoid soiling. In large enough quantities, even water can damage your rug and breed mould if left unattended. In the case of smaller water spills, blot up up as much of the water as possible with a clean towel and dry the affected area with a hair dryer. It’s important to make sure your rug is completely dry before laying it back down on your floor to prevent mould growth.

Turn it around

Over time, heavy furniture can leave pressure marks on your rugs and flatten the pile. By rotating your rug 180 degrees intermittently, you relieve the pressure on these spots and more evenly distribute wear and tear from foot traffic. Try every few months or once a year depending on the rug style. This will also prevent colour fading in one spot from prolonged sun exposure.

Use a rug pad

A rug pad or mat sits underneath your rug. It should be slightly smaller than your rug. Rug pads make your rug safer by stopping your rug from slipping. They also muffle noise, have insulating properties, and reduce compression of the rug pile by offering additional cushioning underfoot to absorb impact, helping your rug to keep its shape. Visit Andersens for advice on a suitable rug pad for your flooring.

A Guide to Clearing your Clutter

Do you constantly find yourself wishing for more storage space at home? Perhaps the problem is not a lack of room but an excess of stuff. It’s amazing how much clutter you can accumulate over time. By assessing which possessions you can farewell, you can make cleaning easier, become more organised, and reflect on your spending habits. Go forth and declutter with our guide to simplify your surroundings.

Don’t bite off more than you can chew

Begin your task by targeting one area at a time. Focusing on a single space will stop you from being overwhelmed and will keep your floors clear so your home is still liveable if you don’t declutter the whole place in a day.

Use it or lose it

When assessing your possessions, think back to the last time you used them. A general guideline is to discard items you haven’t used in the last year.

Understand why

Ask yourself why you’ve kept each item. Although you might feel guilty parting with an ill-suited gift from family or friends, wouldn’t it be better to give it to someone who will appreciate it? For poorly thought-out impulse buys, find them another home and be more mindful of your future shopping decisions.

All the fixin’s

For broken items, weigh up the time and cost required to fix them versus the cost of replacing them. If it’s an easy fix, then don’t procrastinate! Fix it up to get it back in action.

Go paperless

For paperwork like bills and receipts, keep a digital copy instead of a hard copy. There are plenty of apps that help you store digital versions of receipts. To reduce paper clutter in future, opt for digital communication with your service providers.

Toss old tech

Tech moves on quickly so old tech rarely becomes useful again. However, don’t chuck mobile phones out with the rest of your waste. Find your nearest drop-off point to dispose of phones and accessories safely. Find disposal services for other technology here.

Check expiry dates

Rid your pantry and freezer of expired food. Check the packaging on cosmetics for the symbol indicating their shelf life post-opening – old cosmetics harbour heaps of bacteria! Throw out expired medicine. For expired first aid kit supplies, donate them to charitable organizations like local animal shelters or organisations delivering medical aid to countries in need.

Minimise waste

  • Look for ways to extend the life of old or broken items to reduce environmental impact.
  • Sell it: One man’s trash is another’s treasure. Make a buck from your unwanted stuff by selling it in a garage sale, flea market, or online through eBay, Gumtree, or Facebook.
  • Donate it: Donate items in good condition to charities.
  • Pass it on: Check if friends and family have use for your unwanted items.
  • Upcycle: Breathe new life into old items by repurposing them into something new.
  • Recycle: Recycle the items you can to keep the materials out of landfill.

Love Your Little Laundry

Unless you own a bottomless wardrobe, the laundry is one room you’ll frequently use. Laundries tend to be one of the smallest rooms in the home, if you have one at all. Anyone with a small laundry can understand the frustration that comes with doing the washing in a cramped space. Give some thought to your laundry’s design to make the most of the limited room.

Tiles

If you can’t build a bigger laundry, you can at least create the illusion of one. Tiles are often used in laundries because of their waterproof quality. Choosing the right tile can make your small space seem bigger. A good rule to follow is to use no more than two or three types of tile. You want to prevent the room from looking too busy. Laying tiles diagonally will draw the eye out, and using larger format tiles will minimise grout lines for a more spacious feel.

Function

Assess how you use your laundry. Do you need a sink for hand-washing? If you fold your laundry in another part of the house, you can minimise the need for bench space. Will your laundry be air-dried or will you use a dryer? Your laundry requirements will define how to organise your space.

The washing machine

The workhorse of the laundry, there are pros and cons to both top loaders and front loaders. A top loader might be more suitable if you have a large family as they can generally handle bigger loads. Front loaders can be installed underneath a bench to save space. Combination washer dryers can be a godsend for apartment living if you have limited space for air-drying outside.

The sink

Not everything can be machine-washed, and for that, it’s useful to have a laundry sink. Install a sink with a cabinet underneath to increase your storage. When not in use, a sink cover can transform your sink area into more bench space.

Laundry baskets

Free-standing laundry baskets can eat up valuable floor space. If you are designing your laundry anew, look for ways to integrate laundry baskets into your cabinetry with designs like built-in pull-out baskets. Collapsible laundry baskets can also be conveniently folded away when your washing is done.

Shelving

Utilise vertical space to install shelves or cabinets to keep your bench clear. Sliding doors on cabinets will eat up less room. Alternatively, opt for open shelving that doesn’t need space for doors to open out.

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