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Design Mistakes that make your House look Cluttered

There are some simple decorating tricks that will bring order to your space, making it feel less cluttered, more open, organised, and tidy.






Who wouldn't love to have a home that is warm and inviting, one that is well-organised and presentation perfect, but many of us tend to make a few design mistakes, common mistakes that can so easily make any roof feel cluttered and untidy. While clearing away the clutter is an obvious first step in sorting out the problem, there are a few more basic tricks that you can utilise to make your living spaces more organised, open, and polished.





Not having a dedicated drop zone

We all have that spot in our homes where we put our keys, our bags, take off our shoes or just drop random things. It’s usually close to the front door or wherever you enter your house from. It’s where you unburden yourself of everything that’s in your hands when you get home. This space can, however, end up being a mess and it makes your house look untidy.

To combat this, allocate the most convenient space to be a drop zone, and put out storage baskets for items such as shoes. Add a table if there’s space and place pretty little containers on top of the table to hold keys, wallets and even letters.











No cable management

Everyone is guilty of having little to no cable management in certain parts of their home, especially in the living room where there are lots of electronics. Cable management isn’t the most fun thing to do in the world, but if they’re left open and exposed, they can be a massive eye-sore.

Cables can be hidden in a number of ways, such as running them along the wall at floor level or through the ceiling or cupboards to keep them out of sight, but it requires expert knowledge to do so. Alen Ribic, co-founder of SweepSouth adds that cable management is best done by a professional as it can require extending cables and drilling holes.

Ribic suggests that, should you find it difficult to get organised, consider hiring a professional or organisation that specialises in this field. There are many that can be found on the SweepSouth Connect app - they have lists of home professionals in your area who are rated and vetted. The app also has a useful image recognition feature that lets you take a photo of a household area or item, so that it can identify which service professional is best suited to help fix the problem. You will have a neat and tidy cable management system in no time!







When filling a room with furniture, make sure that pieces selected are the right proportion for the size of the room.





Using oversized furniture

Nothing cramps up a space more than furniture that’s too big. You might want that great coffee table, but the truth is that it’s too big. And if you insist on it, it’s just going to make your home look overcrowded and uncomfortable.

If you already have the furniture, consider selling it online and using the money from that to purchase items that fit the room you need it for. Take measurements before you shop so that you don’t end up buying the incorrect size. Crowding a room with too many bits of furniture can also make it feel disorganised. Cut down on the amount needed by using multi-functional furniture, such as sturdy pouffes that can be used both for seating and as side tables, coffee tables with storage for cables and TV remotes, and mirrors with shelving attached to them.






Overfilling open shelving

Open shelving is all the rage, and it looks lovely - when done right. It’s a common mistake to fill open shelves with books, picture frames and all the other objects you can’t find a home for, but this type of storage actually works best when it's not overcrowded.

Resist the temptation to fill every inch of shelving, and rather space things out. Edit down what you’d like to display, and leave open space between some of the items. Put your favourite decor items out, but bear in mind that too many decorative pieces will make it look cluttered.







The same rule applies when you’re styling a coffee or dining room tabletop. Give careful thought to what is visible in the room, especially if it’s a small space. Display only what you love, and make sure not to overfill the table. Group small items together in a shallow bowl or on a tray so that the arrangement stays tidy and keep small objects from looking lost by elevating them on a stack of two or three books.





Not using vertical space

If you’ve ever mounted your TV on the wall, you will know how much of a difference it makes to a space to not have your TV sitting on the cabinet or table. Making use of wall space - vertical space - isn’t good just for small areas, it frees up every room in the house. Put up shelves or hang things from your ceiling to get it off your countertops and floors.

For example, use wall-mounted shelves to arrange books and get rid of the bookshelf taking up some much-needed floor space. Using vertical space makes a huge difference in almost any room.

If you can’t mount the shelves yourself, book a handyman through the SweepSouth Connect app. One of the advantages of doing this is that you’ll find a professional most suited to you.

“It is becoming increasingly difficult to source a contractor or professional on the Web. When you type 'Plumber in my area' in the search bar, hundreds of listings will appear and most simply because they are paid-for advertising, but not necessarily the best service provider. This makes it even more difficult to identify that contractor that is right for you,” says Alen.

“Likewise, it’s tough for service professionals who are really good but don’t have the marketing budget to make sure they’re ranked on the first or second page of a Google search. Connect, which has an in-app chat ability, helps service professionals and customers find each other, and engage about the services on offer,” he adds.


Keep these tips in mind when you’re decorating your space and your home will feel like a clutter-free oasis.





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