This step is very simple, but it's among the hardest to maintain over time.
Organization is one of the most important areas to tackle, since lingering clutter will only add to your stress. You could have the most comfortable furniture, a soft wall color and beautiful decor, but when your space is taken over by clutter, it's almost impossible to enjoy yourself.
The key to doing away with disorder is to identify the root of the problem: do you have too much "stuff" or simply not enough places to put it all? If you're like most people, it's probably a combination of the two. Adding storage pieces is a good solution—just try to blend them seamlessly into the design of your room so they don't become clutter themselves, either physically or visually.
A stylish accent chest
is a perfect example of storage that you can integrate into your space naturally. Its attractive look will enhance your design while providing the storage capacity you need. Storage ottomans
, a bench
and a storage bed
are other smart pieces to consider.
With the appropriate furniture in place, don't just cram your clutter in. Designate a specific place for everything, be it mail, magazines or remote controls. Then, look through everything that's leftover and see what you can part with. When you have a place for everything, it becomes much easier to make these changes permanent.