6 Things your home can learn to live without

At New Years we become more aware of things in our lives that we can learn to live without.


es, of course, we could all lose a few pounds. But there are also things your home can learn to live without. That’s right sometimes we can over decorate with things that we really don’t need and can even give our homes a cluttered feel.

The first thing your home can learn to live without is extra seating.

Extra seating can be nice to have if you entertain a lot. However, if we add extra seating that is rarely used it can become clutter. Additional furniture can also cause traffic flow problems in your room. This will become a trip or fall hazard. Use only the amount of seating that you would use on a regular basis with one or two additional seats. If additional seating is needed don’t forget that there is usually additional seating in an adjacent room such as a dining room. A great example of too much extra seating is by adding the pouf. Not many adults will find sitting on one for very long comfortable so it should be avoided as a source of extra seating for adults.

 Learn to live without the pouf

Learn to live without the pouf

The second thing your home can learn to live without is a pile of pillows.

Pillows are great for adding color, and pattern to rooms. Try not to overload with these pillows to the point you create a big pile of them on your furniture. You don’t want to have to clear off the sofa every time that you want to sit down. Pillows should accentuate the other items on the sofa or bed but not overpower the area. Try limiting the amount of pillows that you use, if you are using too many, you may notice that there is not even enough room to store them when not in use

 Live without as many pillows

Live without as many pillows

The third thing your home can learn to live without is a bench at end of bed.

If you are honest how much would you really use a bench at the end of the bed? Would you truly sit on it and put your shoes on at it or would it become a catch-all for clothes that should either go to the laundry or be hung in the closet? Your bed will become more visible when you enter the room without the bench blocking your view. Your room with feel more open with this piece of furniture gone.

 Live without the bedroom bench

Live without the bedroom bench

The fourth thing your home can learn to live without is oversized plants.

Bring the outside in by using plants is a great idea. Plants help clean the air, can help you feel more relaxed and promote healing just to name a few ways. We do need to limit the size of our plants, though. If your plant is too large it can keep you from even being able to see the furniture and décor of the room. Your room may begin to resemble a greenhouse rather than a living room. Choose plants for your room that complement the area in which they are to be used. For example, if you were to add a plant to an end table with a lamp use a plant that is proportional to the items it is with. In this case, a plant that is smaller than the lamp would work nicely. Having the appropriately sized plant can help to accentuate the space instead of covering up its beauty.

 Learn to live without to many plants

Learn to live without to many plants

The fifth thing your home can learn to live without is layered rugs.

Most homes that have hard surface flooring are likely to cover up their flooring with an area rug. Hard surface flooring gives off a colder feeling and rugs warm up the room. Layering rugs has become trendy and is the process of laying rugs over other rugs. This is done sometimes to add more color, pattern or even texture. But it is not something that is necessary to define a space. Rugs help define a seating area and warm the space but there are other areas to add color rather than on the floor. Choosing a rug the proper size and color that fits your space properly can be done with a single rug. And something that rug sellers don’t tell you is that carpet over carpet walks. You will find yourself repositioning your rugs frequently when they are layered as they will not want to stay in place due to the movement of the fibers when walked on.

 Learn to live without rugs over carpet

Learn to live without rugs over carpet

The sixth thing your home can learn to live without is assorted food storage solutions.

I am sure you are familiar with canister sets for kitchens. The problem with the usage today is that our kitchens are overloaded with storage and gadgets on our counter tops. This abundance of items on the countertops limits the amount of workspace that is available, blocks any decorative tile on the backsplash, and creates a cluttered look. There are lots of new storage solutions for food storage that can be stacked in cabinets or your pantry. Explore other options for food storage and go for a minimal look on the counter will make your space more useable.

 Learn to live without assorted food storage

Learn to live without assorted food storage

Examine areas in your own home and see what your home can learn to live without.

While examining your area look for things that fill your space that is really not used or needed. Try to take out some items for a while to see if you really need them. You should feel your room as it seems to become larger, less cluttered and more functional.

We might not be able to lose all the weight we want this year but I am a firm believer that you can find some things in your own home to live without. Good Luck with your clean out!

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