Louise Roe's Guide to a Clutter-Free Home
With the frenetic pace of our modern lives and long hours at the office, the idea of returning home to a disorganized, messy space can cause unnecessary stress, and who needs the extra cortisol? In fact, clutter can be costly, not just on your wallet but your health too. Clearing out the things you don’t need isn’t just about aesthetics; being organized actually boosts your health and vitality too. So with the looming holiday season in mind, and before guests arrive on your doorstep, we enlisted the help of über stylish television host, writer, and fashion expert Louise Roe of Front Roe to share her top tips for a clutter-free home. Scroll down to read her simple steps.
MYDOMAINE: With winter around the corner, it's time to reorganize our closets. Can you share some of your top tips to clear the clutter and simplify this space?
LOUISE ROE: I'm a total geek when it comes to storage. I go to The Container Store and go nuts. Nowadays there are so many solutions for small spaces. Split your summer and winter clothing and put the summer pieces away into sealed boxes or bags (throw in an anti-mothball sachet for good measure too). I've just started using Clutter, an on-demand storage service that picks up items you don't need for a while, and stores them safely elsewhere. For urban living, it's a dream.
Hang belts and ties on a special tie hanger, re-fold all your tops and sweaters, and while your closet is half empty, give it a clean. We barely ever clean the floor and shelves of our closet, but it's important to freshen them now and again. Hang a linen bag of lavender or rosemary at the back to keep everything smelling good. For my guide on giving your wardrobe a detox from head-to-toe, check out the opening section of my book, Front Roe.
MD: What are some of the home accents we should swap out or enhance?
LR: Scent is a really lovely way to welcome a new season, so I tend to switch the candles. This time of year I love Ralph Lauren's Holiday candle, and a cinnamon brush from Trader Joe's. I also change the color of the flowers I buy, from creams and peaches to deep purples and reds.
MD: How can we declutter the kitchen in preparation for the holidays?
LR: It sounds gross, but we all have out-of-date tins and packets lurking at the back of a pantry. I like to have a big clear-out before the holidays, same goes for the freezer if anything is more than three or four months old in there. It's great to bring in lots of booze; red wine, a bottle of port, gin, tonic, and some champagne—all things that get poured throughout the holidays. I always buy herbs and spices for making mulled wine or adding to desserts, like cloves and cinnamon. I stock up on my favorite imported English items, too, when I'm in L.A.—tea bags (PG Tips), Marmite (delicious on toast), and Cadbury's chocolate Flake bars.
MD: For the homes that need an entire décor detox, what's the best room to start?
LR: I like to declutter my bedroom first, which sounds like the wrong priority because guests won’t be in there, but when it's such a hectic, busy time of year, having a sanctuary to retire to at the end of the night really helps me sleep well and think clearly. I get rid of junk in the nightstand and detox my closet. Papers, old magazines, extra chargers, or any other electronic devices not needed are gone. Then I work on the living room and make some space for the tree. I don't go nuts with decorations, but I do love a real tree. Restoration Hardware also makes some beautiful, subtle lights, and I love a bowl full of fresh pine cones collected on a walk, and a couple of cute stockings to put above the fireplace.
MD: How can we prepare our laundry and guest room in preparation for visitors?
LR: I really love spritzing some linen spray on the sheets, especially when guests are coming. It just gives a room the feel of a lovely hotel. Kai and Jo Malone make my favorites. I love Mrs Meyer’s Laundry Detergent and softener. I am old school, I like to leave a water pitcher and glass on the nightstand, a box of cookies from the local bakery, and fresh flowers. It's nice to make guests feel super special.
How do you declutter your home for the holidays? Do you have any tips to help prepare for guests? Share them below.