The word 'Art' is most commonly associated with pieces of work in a gallery or museum, whether it’s a painting from the Renaissance or a modern sculpture. However, there is so much more to art than what you see displayed in galleries.

The truth is, without being aware of it, we are surrounded by art and use it on a continual basis. Most people don’t realize how much of a role art plays in our lives and just how much we rely on art in all of its forms in our everyday lives.

The Joy of Art

You may be wondering why all of these things are so important to our daily lives and that you could probably survive just fine with essential items that were non-artistic. That is just the reason why art is so valuable! While art may not be vital to fulfill our basic needs, it does make life joyful. When you look at a painting or poster you’ve chosen to hang on your living room wall, you feel happy. The sculpture or figurines on the kitchen windowsill create a sense of joy. These varieties of art forms that we are surrounded by all come together to create the atmosphere that we want to live in.

Art and Music

The importance of art in our daily lives is very similar to that of music. Just like art, music can make life extremely joyful and can have a huge effect on our mood. In the workplace in particular, music is something that can help people set the mood for what they are about to do. If you have something hard or difficult to work on or are feeling tired, an energetic song will likely wake you up and add some enthusiasm to the situation. Similarly, when stress is high, many people find that relaxing to calming music is something that eases the mind.

Inspirational Art

Inspirational art, such as posters are often found in work spaces to encourage employees to continue being productive. There is now an increasing amount of companies using art in their offices, as well as playing background music, as it is proven to actually work in making end results far better quality. There may be a piece of art that you own that you personally find motivational. Perhaps a print with a positive affirmation or quote beautifully scrolled on it or a painting of a picturesque scene of where you aim to travel to one day.

SOME REASONS WHY ORIGINAL ART IN THE HOME IS AS IMPORTANT AS A BED

1. Creates Mood
2. Adds Personal Character to the Home
3. Makes Memories
4. Provides a Colour Palette
5. Makes a Room Feel Finished
6. Inspires and Fosters Creativity
7. Conversation Starter
8. Supports Artists
9. It is an Investment
10. Creates a Livable Environment
11. Keeps the Brain Active
12. Relaxation
13. Curating Your Own Gallery is Fun!

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Declutter Your Home - the Easy Way

Clearing away clutter and keeping a tidy home may seem like an ambitious challenge, however having a home that is tidy and organised is essential in creating a sense of well-being.

Decluttering your home can be an incredibly liberating experience. It will leave you feeling like a load has been physically lifted and nothing beats that sense of achievement once a big task has finally been checked off the list! Certainly the beginning of that decluttering journey can seem a little overwhelming but an organised home not only helps to decrease stress levels, it also encourages motivation and productivity!

The time is now, no more procrastinating! Don't worry you're not alone, to assist you we’ve pulled together some ideas to help get things started so that your home is looking decluttered and tip-top in no time.

Our guide below takes you through all the steps needed to conquer your mess pile:

  • Your Date With Declutter

  • How to Decide Which Items to Depart With

  • Decluttering Items of Sentimental Value

  • Areas to Attack

  • Declutter with Storage Solutions

  • Declutter with Multi-functional Furniture

  • Declutter By Selling Online

Your Date With Declutter

Many of us procrastinate when...


Declutter Your Home - the Easy Way

Clearing away clutter and keeping a tidy home may seem like an ambitious challenge, however having a home that is tidy and organised is essential in creating a sense of well-being.

Decluttering your home can be an incredibly liberating experience. It will leave you feeling like a load has been physically lifted and nothing beats that sense of achievement once a big task has finally been checked off the list! Certainly the beginning of that decluttering journey can seem a little overwhelming but an organised home not only helps to decrease stress levels, it also encourages motivation and productivity!

The time is now, no more procrastinating! Don't worry you're not alone, to assist you we’ve pulled together some ideas to help get things started so that your home is looking decluttered and tip-top in no time.

Our guide below takes you through all the steps needed to conquer your mess pile:

  • Your Date With Declutter

  • How to Decide Which Items to Depart With

  • Decluttering Items of Sentimental Value

  • Areas to Attack

  • Declutter with Storage Solutions

  • Declutter with Multi-functional Furniture

  • Declutter By Selling Online

Your Date With Declutter

Many of us procrastinate when something really important needs to be done but seems like too much of a challenge. Quite often we build things up in our mind to be worse than they actually are.

"It always seems impossible until it's done" | Nelson Mandela

Mark a declutter date in your diary and stick to it. Plan in advance how you will go about decluttering (the ideas here are designed to help you do just that) and don’t defer – the sooner you declutter the sooner you can really enjoy your space!

How to Decide Which Items to Depart With

Ask yourself What are you really using in your home? What do you really need? What is really cluttering your space? Be brave, be honest, be ruthless! Simply decluttering can be a huge step in rejuvenating up your home.

Many people accumulate objects and items over their lifetime, only to question why they’ve held onto them for so many years. If this happens to you, now is the time to donate those items or clothes to the needy and start the year off with a clean, tidy home.

Decluttering Items of Sentimental Value

This is a sensitive one – how do you declutter your home of sentimental items? Things you cherish – or thought you cherished? The last thing you want to do is sell or throw out items of significant personal value, but sometimes this value can get confused along the way. Pick up the item and ask yourself the following questions.

  • Why is this important to me?

  • What does it signify?

  • Is it genuinely of emotional value to me?

  • Did it mean something more during another period of my life, but now days no longer has the same value or importance?

Answering these questions can help decide whether or not an item is truly of sentimental value and whether or not it is actually just cluttering your home.

Th Art of Decluttering Your Home   Areas to Attack

Areas to Attack

Wardrobes and drawers are an excellent starting point – so many of us throw items in these areas to avoid outside clutter, which in fact over time creates a clutter-full cupboard!

That third drawer down is an excellent example – is it really brimming with essential household items, or has it become a bit of a clutter zone? Take everything out and, if it’s been used in the last six months, put it back again. If it hasn’t, set it aside and give it to charity. Once you’ve done this with every room in the house, you’re likely to be shocked at just how much decluttering has occurred and how brimming those charity bags have become. Bag It, Bottle It, Shelve It… Declutter It!

If your wardrobe seems to no longer meet your needs try introducing some clever wardrobe storage insets. Adding a set of internal drawers, shelves, shoes racks or baskets can make a big difference and may be all that you need to make better use of the available space.

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Declutter with Storage Solutions

Introducing clever storage solutions is the key to combating clutter! Most of us have in our home items that are functional and required for day-to-day living, items that have sentimental value, items that are aesthetically driven and there to bring us pleasure, and then there’s the items that just seem to hang around. It is these last items which over time essentially become the low-hanging declutter fruit.

For more special, necessary, or must-keep items, we suggest investing in storage at the beginning of each year. This will free your home from unnecessary clutter and allow you to move around your home freely and stress-free. Basket, trunks, cupboards, bookcases and shelves are all excellent investment pieces for organising your belongings, or even for hiding unsightly objects.

Look at using these storage solutions in clever spots such as drawers under the bed, or shelves behind the stairwell. These out-of-sight places provide simple and easy ways to declutter instantly.

Furniture Storage

Often mess just accumulates simply by not having enough storage space. Perhaps all your home needs is a couple of additional pieces to house those odds and ends. Be it an extra place to store clothes or shoes, the three items below can be of assistance. Opting for a bed with storage won't take up any additional floor space but is a great place for hiding spare sheets and towels.

Storage Accessories

Junk piling up on top of your table tops? Conceal them in a pretty box or basket, or display them on a ladder or rack. Out of sight out of mind or just make a feature of it!

Declutter with Multi-functional Furniture

Whilst you’re on House of Home you may well come across furniture ideas that will help even further with the decluttering process. For example, imagine only needing one item of furniture that can act as a desk, a console and a dining table. Keen to find our more? Visit our article Small Dining Room Ideas.

Multi-purpose furniture is a great space saver, and a terrific way to declutter. Consider the lounge room – why have a couch if you can have a sofa bed? This way you have that spare guest bed nicely tucked away, but used as an everyday couch in the meantime.

Kids’ rooms can be great spaces for multi-purpose furniture as well – for instance a bunk bed that also serves as a work desk and shelving unit can be an incredibly efficient use of space as well as an easy way to declutter.

Sofa Beds

Don't have extra space for a guest room? A sofa bed is just the ticket. Sofa beds offer so much flexibility in terms of being able to create a multi-purpose space. Want to learn more about space saving with sofa beds? You might like our article Guest Room Ideas for Small Spaces.

Bunk Beds

Bunk beds are universal and offer so much design flexibility. They can easily adapt to any sized bedroom and are an excellent space saving solution that can transform effortlessly to a child's changing needs.

To discover all the advantages of bunk beds check out our article Different Types of Bunk Beds.

How to Declutter   Organise Your Home   Deciding what to Keep

Decluttering By Selling Online

If you have a penchant for collecting furniture and homewares like some people collect clothes, then the best way to declutter and create some serious space is to simply sell it online. Hello, House of Home! We make it so easy and fast to sell your furniture, homewares and antiques so you can quickly declutter your home, and make some money in the process! Visit House of Home to see just how simple it is to list your furniture, homewares or antiques.

We hope these declutter ideas lead you to enjoying your place, and your space, so much more!

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How to Arrange Art

  • "People have a tendency to hang art too high," says Linda Crisolo, Art.com director of merchandising. "The center of the image should be at eye level." In living rooms, people are usually sitting, so artwork should be lower. A good way to ensure you're placing artwork at the right height is to hang it one hand width above the sofa.
  • A common problem when hanging artwork above a sofa or sideboard is that it's not in scale. Having pieces that are too small or too large will make the whole arrangement look strange. "Make sure artwork is at least two-thirds the size of the sofa or sideboard," Crisolo says. "For example, a 9-foot-long sofa should have a 6-foot-wide expanse of art above it."
  • In the bedroom, choose personal art, such as family photographs or your own photography. If you're arranging the pieces in groupings, Crisolo recommends sticking with one color theme, either all black-and-white or all color photographs.
  • "Above a mantel or fireplace is the perfect place to layer pieces," Crisolo says. "A house looks like a home when you can see layers of artwork and accessories."
  • In the kitchen, hang art in a place where it won't get damaged by water or heat. Consider placing art above an office space, near the dining table, or above open counter space. Crisolo also recommends avoiding kitchen art in the kitchen. "I tend to shy away from pictures of asparagus in the kitchen," she says. "Vintage art with traditional frames works in a traditional kitchen. In a modern kitchen, try bright colors with stainless-steel frames."
  • A symmetrical arrangement creates a striking and simple focal point. All-white frames and mats unify this grouping. "I like to use the same frames to create homogeny," says Crisolo.
  • When deciding where to hang images in your home, consider the wall space available and the arrangement of the room. "Use small pieces between windows and doors," Crisolo says. "If small items are in a space too large, the pieces look lost. With larger pieces, allow room for people to step back and admire the work."
  • Artwork collaborates with other accessories and decor to create a visual story. Make sure images, moldings, and shelves all work together. "Hang artwork in front of a bookcase, on the face of the shelf," Crisolo says. "The shelves and ledges become part of a decorating story."
  • Make sure your arrangement matches your decorating style. "Symmetrical arrangements are more traditional or formal. Asymmetrical is modern," Crisolo says. "Also look at the image and style of the frame. For cottage-style rooms, stick with vintage images or botanicals. In modern rooms, choose large and abstract pieces."