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As an interior designer, it can be difficult to accommodate clients who hold onto lots of junk. But in this field, you will inevitably find yourself working with people who hoard random items, worrying that certain things will ‘come in handy’ for some unforeseeable future event and that they will regret having gotten rid of them. However, when trying to style a clean, crisp look within a home, this is an issue you’ll need to learn to effectively work with said clients to resolve. When it comes to organization efforts, here are a few things to remember:
1. Magazines and newspapers- Many people hold onto these items in an effort to preserve some sort of history that they find meaningful. Try suggesting said clients research digital copies of the print they wish to keep. If none can be found, find a scanner and work with them to digitize archives of their own. Also, remember that many local libraries keep plentiful volumes of newspapers and old magazines that can be borrowed for free.
2. Compulsive Shoppers- Try to speak with your clients about their shopping habits. Many homes start to fill up with meaningless junk that was purchased for no reason other than the temptation of a great sale. Remind your clients that regardless of a low price, an item doesn’t have a place in a home unless it truly has meaning or purpose otherwise.
3. Supplies- Many homes begin to look cluttered and disorganized simply because storage isn’t being properly capitalized upon. Clorox wipes, extra napkins and bottles of bleach aren’t pieces of décor and therefore shouldn’t be displayed as such. If your client’s areas seem filled with tools and other non-decorative junk, you’ll additionally need to collaborate with them in a closet and drawer redecoration effort to ensure that said items have their own convenient (but hidden) space.