Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Clutter can be Chic

We are all guilty of clutter to a degree.  Of course we try hard to keep things neat and orderly, but sometimes our systems fail or we lack the motivation to work at it everyday.  I once heard clutter is directly related to how we think; if your thoughts are scattered, than you are more likely to have clutter issues...  

Sure we'd all love to have clear thoughts and clear countertops, but clutter is apart of life, which is why it needs to be managed.  To help manage and keep clutter looking chic, try repurposing everyday household items into unique "catch all's," like the ones below. 

An entryway is the perfect place for a catch all because of the need to drop keys, cell phones and empty pockets.  To help contain these items and still keep them visible for everyday use, I repurposed a small fruit bowl, into a chic and welcoming catch all.  

Like most people, our mail was tossed on the kitchen counter, and left to collect until it was time to sort and discard.  Piles of paper can be unsightly and stressful to look at, so I repurposed, a champagne bucket, into a chic catch all for collecting mail.      

The thought of needing at least 3 remote controls to work a TV is crazy, and also a reality.  In efforts to keep our remotes within a arm's reach and away from our seat cushions, I repurposed this mini ice bucket into a remote control catch all.  The acrylic tray is also a catch all I use for keeping current magazines and coasters.   

How to Create Your "Catch All" Solution at Home:

1. Anticipate clutter.  
2.  Visualize your household's daily routine and habits.  What foreseeable items could accumulate in the space?  
3.  Are these items used everyday or shared?  If the answer is yes, then it's best to keep the catch all visible on a countertop.  If your answer is no, then it's best to stow these items in a drawer or closet.  
4.  Look for items around your house and shop the antique markets for unique baskets, crystal or china serving bowls, shallow vases or square plates that could be repurposed and used to collect everyday clutter.  After all Clutter can be Chic. 

Sending Love and Design...

If you need help de-cluttering or creating chic catch all solution, please send me an email at jessica@jessicalovedesign.com.   

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