Four ‘clutter stereotypes’ and how you can utilise the minimalist mindset to save space whilst keeping the things you love.
The returning trend of walk-in wardrobes means storage, layout and design now take taking centre stage in the bedroom. Wardrobes in general today are much more of a personal reflection of style than just standard bedroom furniture. The resurgence of a larger wardrobe space, along with more emphasis on storage and design, may be partly thanks to our 21st-century love of hoarding more ‘stuff’, our hundred-miles-per-hour hectic lifestyles and the online home décor renaissance thanks to blogger culture.
Modern life has sped us up, amplified our hobbies by a hundred, and given us a lot less space in the process. The clutter stereotypes below may seem exaggerated, but the truth is that we all secretly (or not-so-secretly), can relate to them in one way or another. Which clutter stereotype are you?
Clutter stereotype #1: The Fashionista
This is the classic case of bedroom wardrobe clutter: piles and piles of clothes. Are you the type of person who just has to have that new pair of trousers in four colours? Do you obsessively buy into every trend, only to drop it instantly for the next one, resulting in piles of redundant jackets, t-shirts and shoes? If this sounds like you, read on.
Maybe you’re not the typical fashionista, maybe you simply have to change three times a day for different occasions. If you’re one of the aforementioned social butterflies about town, then you may also find yourself drowning in gym shorts, work trousers and the odd fancy dress item (we get it, it was the weekend!)
Now it would be silly to suggest that you change your lifestyle and interests, after all, it’s who you are. The mess and the stress is sometimes worth it to have the nice things you enjoy – but it could be easier. Keep the clothes, but take on board this tip to save space and clear your bedroom and mind of clutter:
Get minimal: keep clothing-clutter locked away by investing in a good set of wardrobe doors. Spaceslide’s range of sliding wardrobe doors look great and are available in a wide range of colours and styles. What makes these better for fashionistas than regular wardrobe doors? You can buy them with a full-length mirror of course.
Clutter stereotype #2: The Shoe Hoarder
Similar to the fashionista, the shoe hoarder is a collector of clothing, but specialises predominantly in things that come in pairs. Shoe lovers, by their very nature, keep all of their clutter in cupboards, drawers and little hideaway places. The shoe hoarder knows that, once these compartments are opened, they will immediately empty themselves of shoes, boots, and sandals, bursting all over the carpet.
If this sounds like you, then you might want to make small sacrifices and cut down on quantity, at least if only temporarily.
Get minimal: try stashing your winter footwear in the loft throughout the warmer months, and vice versa. You’ll soon find that you don’t really need to have those sandals to hand in December, and those furry winter boots won’t be missed when packing for your Summer holidays!
Clutter stereotype #3: The Tech Obsessed
While some are out living a sprint-paced lifestyle, others are not as chaotically messy, but simply own more ‘things’. With our need for ‘stuff’ not threatening to die down anytime soon, so many must-have gadgets and accessories are piling up in our homes.
Do you have every device available? Every gadget, hairdryer and Bluetooth-connected monitor? Does your home look overrun with wires, cables and unidentifiable chargers? Has this clutter spread to every room in your house? Accumulating in a messy bedroom, where every inch of storage is taken up by flashing LEDs and bleeping noises? It might be time to utilise some of that wardrobe space to stash away all this technology.
Maybe it isn’t you, maybe your partner has all the tech in your lives. Either way, this top walk-in wardrobe tip can help stash it away:
Get minimal: check out these walk-in wardrobe workspaces on Pinterest, they’re perfect for keeping your tech functional and accessible, whilst still keeping it hidden away for when you give guests the grand tour. Now there’s an idea you can’t buy in an app!
Clutter stereotype #4: The Librarian
Perhaps you’re all about the Hygge moments in life, where you need nothing more than a quiet night in with the right ambience.
If you’re more of a stay-at-home person, who likes a hot cup of coffee, a comfy sofa and a nice book, then you probably have a home that reflects that. Do your shelves overflow with Dickens, Fitzgerald and Woolf? Maybe the carpet has even collected little piles of paperbacks that inadvertently end up being used as miniature coffee tables.
Get minimal: use your wardrobe interiors wisely. The right internal storage can hide away mountains of literature, so choose a wardrobe with plenty of shelves, sections and hideaway compartments. You’ll be able to reach for that new bestseller and have a photo-worthy wardrobe. Who ever said you can’t have your cake and eat it?
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