1. Find your purpose
Start by defining how you’re going to use the room. Perhaps it’s a dedicated office, a 'zen' zone for yoga and meditation, a music room, or a secluded spot for guests to stay. Or consider making it a multipurpose room. Divide the room into two with a comfortable armchair and bookshelf serving as a reading nook, then kit out a workout area with gym equipment or yoga essentials. You could also add a sofa bed to fuse an office and a guest suite. Bonus: it also doubles as a reading space during your workday - or a spot for a sneaky afternoon snooze.
2. Conquer clutter
Now that you’ve identified your needs, it’s time to rid the room of the excess. Arm yourself with a garbage bag for rubbish, a storage box for keepsakes and another container for items you’d like to sell or donate to charity. Be ruthless. Remember, you need to get rid of the junk to get rid of the junk room. If you’re having trouble banishing your belongings, follow Marie Kondo’s lead and ask yourself: ‘Does it spark joy?’ If not, it goes in the garbage bag or donation box.
3. Clean slate
Roll up your sleeves, because it’s time for a good once-over. Chances are you’ve accumulated dust, dirt and cobwebs in the room, and giving it a thorough clean will help you feel more motivated to restore it to its full potential. Wipe down all furniture, mend any broken drawers or shelving, and tidy up existing papers and books into a workable order. Hello, blank canvas.