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DECORATING | HOW TO...
- Eliminate Clutter
- The definition of clutter, says designer Amy Lau, is anything you posses that does not enhance your life on a regular basis. Here are her tips for tidying up your life
- Climbing the walls
- Think horizontally: Install a grouping of floating shelves over a credenza for photos and books. Maximize volume by using wall space wisely. Think vertically: Install shelving 12 to 18 inches below the ceiling and display an interesting collection.
- Hide away
- Conceal anything without visual appeal. Opt for bookcases with doors and choose end or bedside tables with a closed base. A wall unit with open and closed compartments can cover up audio-visual equipment, and also provide room for decorative displays.
- Harmonize spaces by grouping objects together by color. When buying accessories like leather storage boxes, CD organizers, picture frames, or even a throw, keep a dominant color scheme in mind. The result will look streamlined and ordered.
- Love it or Leave it
- Take stock of the items in your home and be scrupulous about what to keep. Require your objects to defend their purpose-do you adore it? Use it? If either does not apply, lose it. Minimize large goods like furniture, which can make space appear cluttered.
- Double duty
- Multitasking isn't a chore that should be limited to people. Find furniture that couples flair with multiple functions, like a secretary with drawers and desktop, a coffee table with shelves, or an ottoman or bench with a hidden storage compartment.
- Tear it up
- Buy a shredder and dispose of junk mail as soon as it arrives, and file bills and correspondence appropriately. Admit to yourself that you will not read three-week old newspapers and pack them for recycling. A wire or straw basket will keep piles tidy between trash days.