Declutter your home for a fresh start to the New Year! As we step into 2024, many of us set resolutions and embark on a journey of self-improvement and renewal. Decluttering your home can be the perfect place to kickstart this process. Especially if you’re finding that hidden and visible clutter are weighing you down and making you feel overwhelmed.
Getting busy sorting and freeing up space will not only bring you a sense of calm and order but will help pave the way for positive changes and new opportunities.
It’s hard to know where to start. Half the battle with decluttering is deciding what stays and what goes. We explore some easy steps to help you create a harmonious living environment.
Begin With The Right Mindset
Living in a cluttered home can contribute to increased stress and anxiety levels. Constantly being surrounded by messy and disorganised spaces can make it challenging for anyone to relax and focus.
By creating a clutter free environment, you will have a more peaceful atmosphere which promotes a sense of calm and well-being. The organised surroundings will make it easier to find what you need and stay on top of tasks.
Decluttering is not just about physical spaces; it’s also about clearing mental clutter. You’ll find that the more you organise your belongings, the easier you’ll find it to set priorities and make decisions. Clearing your mind can help you to focus on your goals and motivate you to make positive changes in various aspects of your life.
So, begin by getting yourself in the right mindset and take a few minutes to imagine how good you will feel once your project is complete.
Set Clear Goals And Get Organised
To help keep you motivated and organised throughout the process, set clear goals for what you want to achieve. Identify the areas of your home which need the most attention. Break them down into small, manageable tasks. By tackling one area or room at a time will help prevent you from getting overwhelmed.
Next, gather the necessary supplies and get ready to start. Grab yourself a rubbish bag, cleaning supplies, labels and 4 boxes or storage containers:- 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 1. Be ruthless – 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 2. 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 3. 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 4. 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 5. 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 6. Keep in mind, old toys and mementos are more valued when there is fewer of them.
RULE 7. 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 8. 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.
Organising And Storage Solutions
Once you have finished decluttering, consider investing in storage solutions to help you maintain an organised home. This may include shelving, storage containers or furniture with built-in storage. Labelling your containers, drawers and shelves can be an effective way to keep things where they belong and maintain order.
Decluttering becomes easier with regular maintenance. Make it a habit to review your belongings and eliminate items that are no longer needed.
Digital Life Decluttering
Don’t forget to declutter your digital life as well. Unsubscribe from newsletters you no longer read, delete and organise files on your computer and declutter social media accounts.
Reflect On Your Achievements
Once your decluttering is complete, take some time to sit and reflect on the positive changes you have made in your home and the impact it has had on your well-being. When you start to see how decluttering can help your mindset and lifestyle, you will become motivated to tackle decluttering regularly in every aspect of your life. A clutter-free home can provide the mental clarity and motivation to chase your dreams for the year ahead.
The benefits of reduced stress, increased productivity and enhances mental clarity are just a few reasons to get started.
“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 to roll up those sleeves and begin to declutter your home.
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