3 Things to Declutter in Your 20s, 30s, and 40s, According to Bobby Berk

3 Things to Declutter in Your 20s, 30s, and 40s, According to Bobby Berk

There are many factors to consider when decluttering; among them, the size of your apartment, aesthetic, and sentimental value. But according to Bobby Berk, there are still other factors you should include: the age of your decor, as well as yours.

On his website, Berk explains that, in the process of decluttering, you should always keep your age in mind. “… Each decade of your life brings about unique changes that can inform what you should be letting go of,” he said. And by doing so, you’ll create a living environment that can help you move from one age bracket to another with ease.

Check out the furniture and decor that you should get rid of in your 20s, 30s, and 40s:

In your 20s: Anything too adolescent

The hardest part about becoming a young adult is the adulting part, which is why many are reluctant to let go of items that are reminiscent of adolescence. Berk says that decluttering childhood furniture and dorm room decor, such as bean bags, mini-fridges, and anything that screams frat party, can help you let go of one life phase and move to the next.

As for those posters on your wall, you don’t have to throw them out. Berk’s advice is to simply add a frame to give your artworks that gallery feel.

In your 30s: Entry-level items that have seen better days

Now that you’re a bit older, you likely have a bigger budget to spend on pieces you actually like, but couldn’t afford when you were younger. Berk recommends saying goodbye to entry-level furniture pieces you’ve worn out over the years. But perhaps, before discarding, try a DIY. There are lots of hacks online —especially on TikTok — that you can use to give that old IKEA bookshelf a fresher look.

Berk also mentions that mismatched kitchen items (that aren’t intentional) should go to lessen visual clutter. “Streamline things by donating your mismatched dishes, cups, or flatware and opting for sparkling new sets instead,” he wrote.

In your 40s: Upgrade your mattress

Berk suggests parting with aging pieces you’ve had since moving into your starter home, including your sofa and well-worn mattress. 

“As we get older, a supportive mattress becomes even more of a necessity — and a lifesaver for your back. So, if your mattress has seen more comfortable days, (the average mattress lifespan is 10 years) get yourself a model that will deliver sound sleep.”

Nancy Meyers’ Home Looks Straight Out of a Nancy Meyers Movie

Nancy Meyers’ Home Looks Straight Out of a Nancy Meyers Movie

Notable filmmaker Nancy Meyers has a knack for her interior design skills in movies like “Something’s Gotta Give” and “It’s Complicated”, and her Provençal-style home could easily be placed in one of her memorable movie sets. 

Meyers mentioned that fans’ enthusiasm for these fictitious sets often shrouds the plot of the films, due to the signature designs of the homes. In fact, there’s an entire Instagram account dedicated to sharing photos of her sets. Between the rustic kitchen in “The Intern” and the seemingly perfect kitchen found in “Home Again”, the popularity surrounding the interior and exterior sets is explainable. Her aesthetic for decoration doesn’t stop there, though. 

Located in Los Angeles, Meyers decided that it was time to part ways with her five-bedroom home, especially after her older daughter Annie left for college. After her decision to move into a smaller home, she requested the help of architect Howard Backen to build her new house on the property that she purchased next door. In the meantime, she decided to “freshen up” things, including switching her brighter furniture for a darker option. Amid her rearranging process, she noted that she fell back in love with her home and decided to abandon the plans for next door. With a home like Meyers’, it’s clear why she opted-in for staying. 

In collaboration with interior designer Mark D. Sikes, Meyers has been rearranging and refinishing her home, with the help of her daughters, Annie and Hallie. While speaking about her antique trips with her sister and her late mother, Patricia, she opened up about bonding with her daughters over their inherited decorating trait. 

Even though Meyers’ golden interior skills haven’t been featured in a film since 2020’s “Home Again”, Netflix recently announced that she would make a new ensemble comedy for the streaming platform.

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