Decluttering is often at the top of many people’s ‘to do’ list – due to the fact that we often seek new starts and have fresh expectations throughout the year.
The idea of living a simplified, uncluttered life with less stuff sounds attractive to many. However when it comes to decluttering, you’re often faced with the very next question… where in the world do I begin?
At the thought of this question, we can imagine many of you beginning to feel overwhelmed, anxious and defeated around the idea of decluttering you’re home – but the decluttering journey doesn’t need to be as painful as some make it out to be.
Therefore we have put together some pretty fun, creative decluttering tips to help get things into focus and hopefully help you to achieve your decluttering woes…
- Have A Plan In Place
When decluttering, you can sometimes be distracted with too many thoughts in your head such as not knowing exactly what you may need in future, what goes where and whether or not you want to give something up. Therefore it is important to have a plan in place!
Flitting between rooms makes decluttering a much bigger task, one almost impossible to compete. So set aside a day to do one room and commit to finishing it. Take some time to plan the space you’re decluttering out, then you will have more of an idea what needs to go where. Remember to think about what functions each room will be used for – this will help you decide whether or not an item belongs in the room you’re working on.
- Be Brave
Most people find it hard to throw away stuff, but you can’t attach sentimental value to everything you own. When your house looks cluttered – nothing looks good – so as you go through your possessions, ask yourself which of these items do you actually love or use? Perhaps it’s a present that you secretly hated, or a dress that doesn’t suit you – whatever the item may be, maybe it’s time to let it go.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed why not give yourself a maybe pile – this process will take a lot longer, but it will give you more time to decide whether or not you want to keep those items.
- Make A Decision
We understand that decluttering is a slow and steady process, but don’t take too long over your decision over whether you want to keep things or not. The more decisions you make, the easier the process will be.
Decluttering can be very easy to get side tracked on because you can start to look at every item really carefully, read things, reminisce etc… – and that all takes time.
This is when decluttering seems like too big a task, and people get despondent or give up altogether – that’s why it’s important for you to get into the habit of making quick decisions.
- Get The Ideal Storage In Place
Short on storage space? If you’re cupboards and wardrobe are full – then why not consider getting things out in the open. Shelves are perfect for this you can display those collectables you can’t bring yourself to give up on a tall bookcase in the corner of you living room. That’s the beauty of shelves – they can make the most of your space upwards!
As tempting as it is to splash out on pretty storage boxes that you can stack somewhere full of the stuff you’ve planned to declutter with – don’t. You’re better off sort your trash from your treasure and then assessing the storage solution you need.
- Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew
Do not set aside an entire day to organise your whole house! An entire room can take a long time to declutter for the first time – anything from a few hours to a few days – and there are very few people will have the energy and focus to spend up to 8 hours of organising. This will just leave you being frustrated and less efficient as the day progresses.
It’s much better to spend a few hours on one project or one room at a time. After all, You don’t want to be left at the end of the day with lots of piles of things everywhere that the family has to manoeuvre around that evening – that’s just making things more difficult than they really need to be and you may want to give up which isn’t the goal.
Just as clutter arises gradually, over time, it must be fought gradually and over time. Happy decluttering folks!