Top Tips for Decluttering your Home

There are times in your life that you just can’t avoid having to declutter your home.

The first instruction you’ll see on any guide to moving house? Declutter!

Sick and tired of never being able to find anything in the house? Declutter!

Want to make space at Christmas for when visitors call? Declutter!

Erm … discovering there’s another Covid directive to “work from home” but you’ve loads of stuff you bought online during Lockdown? Declutter!

But it can be a daunting process. So here’s a few decluttering tips to help anybody who doesn’t know where to begin …

What is Clutter?

First things first. What is Clutter? It is anything you’ve been meaning to sort out for a long time, but somehow never got around to. If you spend too much of your time looking for things or buying duplicates, you know it’s time to reorganise or declutter your home.

Clutter HotSpots

Look around your home and identify the rooms in your home that are the most cluttered. You’ll probably know yourself, the areas that aren’t working (or perhaps pay attention to your Twitchy Eye that starts up every time you see the wardrobe/kitchen drawer!) Maybe it’s the hallway, kitchen, wardrobe, attic or garden shed. Write a list of all the areas you think that need to be decluttered. Then number them in order of their importance. Then tackle each room in that order.

Be Realistic

De-cluttering can be a slow job. If it took several years for the clutter to build up, be prepared not to be clutter-free in just a few hours! But, whatever you do, don’t be discouraged! Every bit of clutter you remove from your home is a bit of clutter you don’t have to worry about any more! Accept that the process will take time and focus on getting it done.

Start with the Easy Stuff

For some people, even the word “Decluttering” is overwhelming and automatically makes them think it’ll be difficult and a painful process. It doesn’t have to be!

When you start to declutter, begin with the straightforward items that don’t require a difficult decision. It might be that newspapers go to the recycling bin, or the clothes that you KNOW don’t fit you anymore. Or empty food containers that really should be in the bin, but have found their way onto the counter … the most important thing is to start!

The easiest method is a simple Yes/No.

Choose whether you are going to keep the item – Yes or No?

If you can’t quite make that decision, it’s also perfectly possible to have a “Maybe” pile too!

The Four Box Method

Another popular method for de-cluttering is to use the Four Box Method which forces you to make a decision

It’s not really Four Boxes, but actually three boxes and a bin bag!

Take three boxes and label them: Keep, Donate/Sell, and Recycle.

The bin bag is to throw away any broken or damaged items.

Go around the house (or even just one room) and place each clutter item into the appropriate box.

At the end of your session, take the filled bin bag straight outside to the bins (to prevent any second thoughts!)

Take the Donate/Sell box straight to the charity shop or to a friend or family member.

The idea is to get the items you have decided are creating clutter in your home OUT OF YOUR HOME so you won’t be tempted to change your mind!

Selling unwanted items can also give you some extra cash which could pay towards any removal expenses (or perhaps a little redecoration if you’re staying where you are?!)

The Most Important Thing is To Start!

Stock up on Essentials

There are a few essentials you may need to stock up on before you start, especially if you intend incorporating packing up for moving house.

Refuse/Bin Bags

Boxes

Tape

Labels

Packing Paper or Old Newspapers, Bubblewrap

Paper Shredder for confidential paperwork

Decluttering can be a Dirty Word. But it can also be incredibly liberating. And pretty much every psychologist/mental health professional will tell you that conquering your Decluttering Fears is very beneficial to your mental health.

And, of course, if you ARE moving house, it makes a lot more sense to get rid of stuff before you have packaging/transportation costs in getting it to your new place! … Where it will possibly (probably!) sit, abandoned like the clutter it is!

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