Here are a few tips that can help:
1. Everything needs a place: If you look around, clutter usually consists of items that don’t have a place. Make a place for them – clear a closet, a shelf, a drawer, or get a basket or container to hold them.
2. Purge: Ask yourself if you’ve used something in the last year. This is the rule I use. If not, I toss. Only exceptions are items with sentimental value. I’ve missed a few purged items over the years, but not many – and the peace of mind of less clutter far outweighs any momentary longing.
3. Clever storage: Not everyone has tons of storage space. So you need to get creative – add shelves to walls, buy tables with drawers, and use tons of baskets or containers. I love these ideas on Houzz.
4. Clear tabletops: If you can keep counter and table tops clear, your house will look a hundred percent better. A lamp and maybe a a few small permanent items are fine, but no more.
5. Open walls and corners: People like to fill every wall and corner. Don’t do it. Leave some corners free and an occasional wall or part of a wall open, especially the floor area. This will make your house feel more spacious and open.