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Does the clutter sneak up on you even though you’re constantly cleaning and organizing? Change your mindset and start treating your home like it would be your favorite boutique! And here are tips on how you can do that.

Your home is one of your biggest assets and it gives you shelter, comfort and always lets you be who you are. In return you should love it, cherish it and respect it. Treat your home like a boutique and you and your home will thank you for it. 

And here’s how you can do it.

Why you should treat your home like a boutique

Is your home more like a boutique or a bazaar?

Think of your favorite boutique. How does your favorite boutique look like?

All of the items are pretty or even gorgeous. The boutiques highlights their newest arrivals. The space makes you feel calm and your eyes rest on the beautiful things. The items excite you and you love them all.

And then think of a bazaar.

The crowded space. All the things are in piles. Some of them might be even collecting dust. You don’t know where to look. Mismatched colors, hundreds of gizmos, and gadgets.

It’s fun to look around. It’s exotic. 

But which one you like better?

And most importantly, would you like to treat your home like a boutique or a bazaar?

If your answer is: the boutique, please proceed reading.

If your answer is: the bazaar, I would advise you to answer again 😀

And please don’t get me wrong. I love bazaars! They’re always a fun and exciting experience. But to live in one, well, not so much. 

So let’s dig deeper? Why on earth should you think of your home like it would be your favorite boutique? 

Why treat your home like it would be your favorite boutique

Your home doesn’t have to be that kind of boutique where there’s only 3 things on display, but think one of your favorite boutique and create that feeling in your home.

Maybe your favorite boutique is cosy and comfortable, maybe it’s all white and stylish, maybe it has a lot of things. But if your favorite boutique is not found in a bazaar, don’t make your home look like one. 

According to the internet dictionary a boutique is

  • a small store selling fashionable clothes or accessories.
  • a business that serves a sophisticated or specialized clientele.

If a boutique serves a sophisticated and specialized clientele by selling fashionable clothes and accessories, why can ‘t it apply to you and your home as well?

You are sophisticated (check!) and special (check!), so how would your mindset about your home change if you would start thinking that your home is like a boutique that serves you and your family members with its clothes and accessories.

  • Would you start treating your home differently? 
  • Would it be easier to declutter some of your things? 
  • Would you start highlighting your favorite items in the way that would do them justice? 
  • Would you take better care of the things that you’ve worked so hard to acquire?

And if you’re starting to see the benefit of this mindset change, you might enjoy these 5 simple tips that’ll help you to treat your home like a boutique and not like a bazaar… or at least something in between 😀 

5 ways to treat your home like a boutique

When I did my extensive minimizing and decluttering project this was the biggest mindset change I had to make. I wanted to take my home from looking like a mismatched clutter-collecting space  to looking like my favorite boutique. 

And you can make yours look like one as well!

So if you want to transform your home to look like your favorite boutique these are the 5 simple ways to do that:

  1. Limit the number of things you have
  2. Have designated areas for all the things
  3. Highlight your favorite items
  4. Enjoy the empty spaces
  5. Maintain. Maintain. Maintain.

And next I’ll walk you through each of these 5 steps so that you can start treating your home like it would be your favorite boutique.

1. Limit the number of things you have

One of the reasons boutiques look beautiful is that they follow the less is more ideology.

They choose carefully all the items according to the owner’s passions and/or the perfect clientele’s desires.

Boutiques know inventory is expensive and they only have a limited space to show all of their products.

Same applies to your home.

You have limited space.

And if you keep a lot of things, you need to find a place for all of them and with keeping things comes the responsibility of maintaining and cleaning.

So more things equals more maintaining and cleaning. And maybe you don’t want to spend your time doing that. Maybe you want to spend more time with your family. Maybe enjoy some time to take care of yourself. 

And if you keep a lot of things your absolutely favorite things don’t get to stand out. They blend in with the those things that you don’t care that much about.

So the first step to treat your home like a boutique is to limit the number of things you own.

You can do this by decluttering and then organizing the things you choose to keep.

Check out the article: How to declutter the easiest and simplest way possible

And after you decluttered it’s important to continue limiting the number of things you have, so learn balanced shopping habits and buy only things that you truly love and need.

Check out the article: 5 questions to ask to buy the perfect thing every single time.

The one big reason boutiques look beautiful is that they follow the less is more ideology.

So the first step to treat your home like a boutique is to limit the number of things you own.

2. Have designated areas for all the things

Organizing and having a designated areas for all the things you have is so much easier after you’ve decluttered. 

In the boutiques they have all the items categorized and displayed certain way so that they look appealing and the customers can find what they’re looking for.

You can think of yourself and your family members like the customers of your home.

  • Where would the best place for each item be?
  • Where do “the customers” use each thing and where would they most likely would try to look for them?
  • Does the display look appealing?

And when you buy new things, think already in advance would you have a designated area in your home for the item you’re buying.

Have designated areas for the things you have. And when you buy something new, make sure beforehand that you have a designated place for them as well. 

3. Highlight your favorite items

In the boutiques they display the newest arrivals or their most valuable items at the best spots. 

They don’t try to hide the things or bury them under some older cheaper stuff. They highlight and showcase them.

You can do the same in your home.

Think about what are your most beautiful and valuable things, somethings that makes you happy or somethings that represents you. 

  • Highlight those favorite items.
  • Give the spotlight to the ones that bring you most joy.
  • Circulate your favorites

Let your eyes rest on your favorite things and take away the “not so favorite” ones and either declutter them or store them or place them in a cupboard if they’re something you regularly use. 

And if you have a lot of favorite items you can circulate them.  If you have a place to show your favorite vase and you have 4 favorite vases but just one place to showcase them, change them every few months or every season.

It’s ok to showcase your favorite items. 

The boutiques don’t bury they’re latest arrivals under clearance products and clutter – and neither should you do with your favorite things.

4. Enjoy the empty spaces

If you’re going to be treating your home like a boutique and not like a bazaar then empty spaces are needed so that some items can be highlighted.

If you have your favorite painting on the wall to highlight it you need to have some empty space around it. Or if you want to have a collage of pictures on the wall there needs to be empty space around the collage.

Same applies to all things.

If every shelf, counter top, wall, cupboard, drawer etc. is full of stuff how do you know which thing is more important than the other?

The empty spaces are needed so that your favorite things can be highlighted and you know what is important and what is not. 

And on the other hand, if your home has too much empty space then that’s not good either. Sometimes less is just less.

Think about a boutique that has only one or two things in it.

It might intimidate you or give you a museum kind of feel. Or the boutique might be going out of business.

If your home has too many empty spaces in it consider finding ways to highlight more of your favorite things.

You can’t highlight your favorite things without having empty spaces around them. 

5. Maintain. Maintain. Maintain.

Maintaining might not be the most fun part, but it’s the most crucial one when you want to start treating your home like a boutique.

You are responsible for all the things you bring into your life and home. The moment you acquire something that’s the moment you need to start maintaining it.

If you love maintaining ( aka. cleaning, dusting, ironing etc.) then this one is a piece of cake for your. 

But if you’re not a big fan of maintaining then there are a few things to ease your maintaining-pain.

  1. The easiest way to avoid maintaining is to have less things. Less things = less maintaining. 
  2. The other way to maintain less is to buy more quality products that are easy to maintain. Before you buy something and bring it into your life check what kind of maintaining needs might that product have. 
  3. Third way is to buy more expensibe things. This one’s a more of a mentality thing. But when you spend a bit more money on something you automatically value it higher and you tend to take better care of them.

You are responsible for all the things you bring into your life and home.

The moment you acquire something that’s the moment you need to start maintaining it.

You might also enjoy the article: 25 tips to discover balanced shopping habits 

Conclusion

Your home gives you shelter and it always lets you be who you are. It doesn’t judge you and you can fully relax and feel comfortable when at home. So how can you give back to your home for all it gives you? One way is to treat your home like a boutique not a bazaar.

And the 5 simple steps you can take right now is to:

  1. Limit the number of things you have
  2. Have designated areas for all the things
  3. Highlight your favorite items
  4. Enjoy the empty spaces
  5. Maintain. Maintain. Maintain.
Want to read more about savvy shopping methods?

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Want to read more about savvy shopping methods?

If you want to make sure you won’t ever again buy something that will turn into clutter, check out one of these articles >>>  More posts about savvy shopping habits and buying only things you want and need.

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4 Comments

  1. This is stated perfectly. I am a coach and help people create their dream space. The “treat your house…” is a phrase that anyone can visually.

    Thanks so much!

    1. Thank you so much for your comment, Lynn! I’m so happy to hear you like the phrase “Treat your house…”. I like to use it in other instances too. Like I don’t like the word maintain, even though we all need to maintain I clothes, cars and anything we own. But if I use the word “treat” it just makes it so much easier to respect the things you already have and to take care of them. And hey! Coaching people to create their dream space must be an amazing job! Do you have a blog or something where you share your tips and wisdom? I would love to check it out!

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