10 Things That Make Your Home Look Cluttered

Storage Corner | November 1, 2023 @ 12:00 AM

We all want to make our homes look less cluttered. But what if you’ve organized and decluttered and your house still looks cluttered?

What do you do then? And what’s making it look that way? Well, here are ten things that make your home look cluttered, that you may not have thought of.

1. Full Countertops 🧂

When your kitchen countertops are full of clutter, your space looks dirty even when it isn’t.

The same applies to your bathroom countertops. Look at it this way, when you go to a hotel room, the counters are free of clutter and appear spacious and clean. This same feeling applies to your own home.

Cluttered countertops are one of the top things that make your house look cluttered.

The solution to this problem is to utilize those cabinets and drawers. Put away any and everything you can and only leave minimal decorations on your kitchen and bathroom countertops.

2. The exterior of the refrigerator ❄️

The exterior of the refrigerator has a tendency to become a clutter spot quickly. We mount things with magnets and then never remove them. We add items so we “won’t forget” to do them, but we still forget. A completely covered refrigerator is one of the things that make your house look cluttered.

3. A messy entryway 🚪

The entryway to your home is the first thing your guests see when they come to your home. If you don’t address this area, this can be one of the main things that make your house look cluttered.

If you remove shoes every time you enter your home, let’s create a shoe cubby for every individual’s shoes. If the kids hang coats, gloves, and outerwear, let’s create a space to hang and store these items.

Creating a space for these items will eliminate the clutter and help you get out the door faster each morning as you’ll know where everything is stored.

4. Paper piles 📑

Everyone has a tendency to pile mail and papers from time to time. Piles of paper laying throughout the home are one of the many things that make your house look cluttered. The solution to this problem is a good paper and mail filing system.

Make a habit of addressing the paper clutter daily, so you can stay on top of this problem.

A good rule of thumb is to only handle papers once. Deal with mail as soon as you collect it from your letterbox.

5. Too many throw pillows 🛋

Have you been in a store and adored those beautiful furniture displays or bedroom decor?

Often, you’ll find a lovely bedroom set with a matching comforter, bed skirt, pillow shams, throws, and an abundance of decorative pillows. It looks inviting and comforting, but I’m afraid it isn’t very practical on a daily basis to remove and then add back all of those pillows when you make your bed.

If you absolutely love your decorative pillows and can’t part with them, then you must be sure you display them neatly.

Pillows scattered everywhere can easily become one of the things that make your house look cluttered.

6. Toy clutter 🧸

A cluttered house full of toys is definitely a battle for most moms. We often just need to look at creative ways to store them and buy storage containers.

But, first, we need to eliminate the clutter before we can store it all away. Go through the toys routinely and throw out anything that is broken.

Donate anything that is no longer enjoyed by the kids.

Clean-up should be accomplished in 10 minutes or less. If you cannot do it in ten minutes, your storage system is probably too complicated to maintain.

Maintenance is key to keeping the clutter at bay and avoiding things that make your house look cluttered.

7. Laundry and “clean” clothes 🧺

We all have to deal with laundry and the work that it requires. Laundry baskets full of clean clothes create a cluttered house if you don’t address this daily. Even clean, folded laundry can be one of the things that make your house look cluttered.

Get in the habit of putting clean laundry away every single day. Do not let it linger.

Also, maybe you or your spouse have a space in your room or closet where you lay “clean” clothes, meaning you only wore it a few hours and it’s too clean to wash but too dirty to put away. Start hanging or folding these items daily. Avoid putting them on the chairs or the beds.

Create a specific space to store these until they need to be washed.

8. Dishes in the sink or on the countertop 🍽

This goes without saying, but dishes have to be addressed daily. Just like clean laundry, even clean dishes can be one of the things that make your house look cluttered if you fail to put them away and out of sight. Once dishes are clean and dry, put them away as soon as you can to avoid this cluttered house issue.

9. Unmade beds 🛏

As the bed goes, so goes the room. Make your beds daily. Teach the kids to do so, also. Again, do not make this more complicated than it has to be by adding too many decorative pillows and too many accessories.

Unmade beds are one of the easiest and fastest clutter issues to remedy and one of the things that make your house look cluttered if not addressed.

An unmade bed invites more clutter. Once a bed is made, you are far less likely to pile anything on it.

10. Visible cords and wires 🔌

We all have and use our home electronics, but the cords are unsightly and can become one of the things that make your house look cluttered.

Look at Pinterest for some creative ways to hide those cords. There are plenty of ideas and resources available to accomplish this. You’ll appreciate the look of your home when you address this clutter issue.

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