It always feels good to stay on top of the clutter. A clutter free home is much easier to live in and so that’s why I’m ALL about clutter busting.
Top tips for decluttering your home
- Pick just one room to start in. Pick just one area in that room. Starting a small area in one room minimises mess and gives you a quick win – great for decluttering esteem!
- Be brave and ruthless. Do you really really really need the item? Do you? Are you sure? If you’re dithering you probably don’t need it! If you’ve not used it for months/years and it isn’t hugely sentimental then GET RID! You’ll feel better for it.
- Create a space for the truly sentimental items you want to keep but not necessarily see on a day to day basis – think carefully about what you store here and keep the theme sentimental.
- Create action bags/boxes. A bag for rubbish, a bag for charity, a bag for items to sell, and your sentimental box.
- Once you’ve decluttered and cleaned a space. Keep it clean and clear! And move on to the next space to declutter.
- I declutter cupboards first – that way I make space to give other things a proper place. One where I know I’ll be able to find them again. Try to give all your belongings a proper home. Life is so much easier when you know just where to find things.
- Make sure you have enough storage solutions. These needn’t be expensive – I’m a bit of an IKEA fiend when it comes to low cost storage. It’s much easier to be clutter free if you actually have somewhere to store your wanted items.
What to do with the unwanted clutter?
- Bin the genuine rubbish – pop to the local recycling facility and ditch your tat.
- Make yourself a bit of extra cash by selling on any unwanted items in good condition – I use eBay and Gumtree.
- Give it to charity – a lot of charities actually pick up from your home if you have a lot to give. Call a few and find out who does what. It’s worth remembering that charities like The Salvation Army even take half tins of paint!
- You could try Freecycle or Freegle and re-home your unwanted belongings.
How to keep your home clutter free!
- Make sure everything has a place. Good home organisation saves so much time.
- Deal with things straight away – don’t put them aside until later…
- Get everyone on board – have a 10 minute blitz every evening where any clutter is put away.
- Clutter baskets are great for on the bottom of the stairs – anything to go up to bedrooms just pop in the basket and take up at the end of the day.
A good decluttering session a couple of times of year great for the soul, spring and before Christmas work well for me.
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