Is it time for you to declutter your home? Are you finding that hidden and visible clutter are weighing you down and making you feel overwhelmed? If so, it’s time to get busy sorting and start freeing up space.
It’s hard to know where to start. Half the battle with decluttering is deciding what stays and what goes, these steps below can help you declutter and live a clutter free life.
RULE 1. Get yourself in the right mindset by taking a few minutes to imagine how good you will feel once your project is complete!
RULE 2. To get organised and ready to start, grab yourself 4 boxes:- 1-keep, 2-bin, 3-recycle/donate, 4-sell. This will help keep things simple and organised. If there are a few items you’re not too sure about then make a separate box for these items. Come back to them to make a decision once you’ve finished sorting everything else.
RULE 3. If you haven’t used it in about a year then let it go (Seasonal items an exception). Donate it or sell it to someone else who can appreciate and use it.
RULE 4. Take baby steps by tackling a certain amount of space for a specific amount of time. Maybe allow 1 hour to get stuck into a chest of drawers, and then come back to it the next day for another hour. This can stop you feeling overwhelmed with a big task.
RULE 5. Make sure you decide what’s important and what you love, but keep in mind your loved one’s opinions too. Also, if a loved one tells you an item you are not wanting is important to them, consider asking them if they would like to have it and store it themselves.
RULE 6. Take advantage of your junk and sell what you can. After all, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. There are plenty of online market places these days which make it easy to sell things.
RULE 7. Be sure you have permission from other household members before decluttering. (maybe except young children of course, because we all know they want to keep everything).
RULE 8. Keep in mind, old toys and mementos are more valued when there is fewer of them.
RULE 9. Doubles aren’t necessary. So through away what you don’t need. (no, you don’t need to have 2 irons just in case).
RULE 10. For clothing, ask yourself some hard questions if you’re struggling whether or not to keep a particular item. Does it fit? When was the last time I wore it? Do I feel good in it? Chances are if you haven’t worn it in 4 or 5 months, then you no longer need it.
RULE 11. Stop holding back and live your life clutter free now and declutter your home. When you start to see how decluttering can help your mindset and lifestyle, you will become motivated to tackle decluttering every part of your life.
“Have nothing in your home that you do believe to be beautiful, or know to be useful.” We hope that this blog has helped you begin to declutter your home.
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