Your home says a great deal about you – not only about your taste, but also about your life, your inner state and how you respond to a particular situation. Here’s an example – one of my friends has a large and well-located house. The social areas of the house are comfortable, well-decorated and inviting. However, the study is cluttered and chaotic. If you ask any feng shui practitioner he/she might interpret that the friend of mine is social but finds work little less appealing (which basically she does!).

The way you decorate your house, furnish it, the type of furniture items you buy for your house – in some way or the other express what’s going on in your life. Now, the big question comes – is your home cluttered? If yes, then what does it signify? It can be a sign of confusion, chaos, stress, hindrances and even indicate that you are holding on to your past. An article published in Examiner gives us an interesting view on what clutter in certain areas of our homes signify –

  • Kitchen (difficulty with nourishment of self, others)

  • Main Room (can foster isolation)

  • Hallways (impede life connections)

  • Bathroom (lack of attention to self)

  • Bedroom (disrupts intimacy between partners)

  • Closets (represent what is deeply hidden and)

  • Garage (stifles mobility self-direction in life)

You can read the full article here-

Over here we have rounded up tips from home organizing experts on how to control the clutter in your home –

  1. 1. The entrance to your home should be clean, uncluttered and accessible – First impressions are the most lasting. Visitors make their first impressions about your home and you from the entranceway. A neat, bright and unobstructed entry sets a welcoming tone. You can place a mirror if the hallway is dark. For added brightness, paint the mirror a crisp white.

  2. 2. Clear the pathways in your home –Move furniture out of pathways. You must ask yourself these questions before arranging the furniture – Can you move from one place to another in your home comfortably? Do you have to make your way through piles of clutter to open the closets?

  3. 3. Clean the closet – Remove everything from your closet. Make two piles of clothing. The first one will contain cloths that you really want and the other one will be the clothes that you no longer wear/require. What about closet lighting? If you don’t have one then call an electrician to do the wiring. Applying a fresh coat of paint in the closet walls will add an extra wow factor to your closet. Now the question arises – which paint color to choose? The options are many; you can paint the closet walls to match the rest of the room or go for light/neutral shades. Tip – Don’t opt for dark colors as they don’t reflect light very well as a result you might find it difficult to search for clothes in the closet. You can also install modern doors to hide the contents in the closet.

  4. 4. Solve the problem of unused items lying in the living room – Is the coffee table covered in bills, magazines and newspapers? You can install a drawer or may be a cabinet with doors to store the bills, magazines and books. Organize what goes into the drawers. For instance, choose a specific drawer for bills – electricity, magazine, phone, and other bills go in here.

  5. 5. De-clutter kitchen – Pull all food items from the kitchen cabinets. Check the expiry dates. Throw the expired food and spices. Then keep the food items, you bought on impulse but you never cooked them, in a bag – this needs to be donated. Take a look at the kitchen rags and towels – throw the ones that are no longer fit to be used. Now, check the cookware. Throw away the broken and heavily scratched pots, pans, spatulas and other kitchen items. Keep the pots, pans and plates in different locations.


We will be posting more such tips in the coming weeks. So keep watching this space!