Published 7 June 2017
Everyone has a little clutter here and there around their house. Ok, some of us may have a little more than others, and a little more than just “a little.” If you’re starting to feel like things are getting out of control, or you’re becoming consistently late to work every morning because you can’t find your keys amongst the envelopes, pens, notepads and scissors, it might be time to consider decluttering your home.
Before you say you don’t have time for that, have a read of our five handy tips for decluttering – smalls tasks and habits to get into to ensure the clutter is gone and gone for good!
There are many reasons to declutter your home. For many people, a clean space means a clear head and reduced stress levels. Removing the pile of laundry from the couch means you’re able to stretch out and relax just that little bit more. In more extreme cases, clutter can sometime hide dust or food scraps that could be posing a health risk to you and your family without you even realising it.
How to Declutter
1. Set goals. Identify the particularly problematic areas of the house and write down what you would like to get rid of. Having a clearly defined desirable outcome will help you stay focused. For example, one of your goals may be to clean out and organise the fridge.
2. Break up your time into more manageable blocks. You don’t have to scour through the entire house in one afternoon. You may choose instead to set aside an hour a week and work on a single wardrobe/draw/table surface in that time. Or you may instead aim to fill one garbage bag full of clothes or goods to donate.
3. Ask yourself questions such as “when did I last use this,” “what would I wear this with if I were to wear it again,” or “what do I need this for?” Be truthful with yourself – those flared jeans may have looked good a decade ago, but if you haven’t worn them in the last year, it may be time to let go.
4. Create categories to help you sort. The most useful ones are throw, donate and keep. This is particularly useful if you have multiples of the same item – you don’t need 10 candle holders taking up room in your drawer, so you can keep one and donate the others – I’m sure your local charity shop would be happy to accept them!
5. Clean as you go. Once you’ve completed the initial declutter, the easiest way to keep space clean is to consistently tidy and clean up after yourself. It will only take you an extra two seconds to put your shoes away, but it will save you so much more effort in the long run.
So there you go! Five easy to follow tips on how to declutter your home, and hopefully restore some calm and order back into your living spaces.