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Decluttering TipsJanuary 6, 2020
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Even with the best will in the world, it’s easy to let clutter build up in our homes. Whether it’s clothes you’re convinced will someday come back into style or broken bits and bobs you’ve never gotten around to fixing; these things all add up and before you know it your house has become a haven for things you don’t use (and let’s face it, probably won’t ever use again).
Though there are most definitely things worth holding onto, there are few things more satisfying than a good clear out.
Here are our top ten tips to help you declutter and give your home a refresh.
Take an Inventory
Go room by room through your house and figure out what you actually have. Then make a list of what you actually need. Now this may seem counterintuitive, but it will empower you to base your purchasing decisions on actual need rather than impulse or perceived need. This will make you less susceptible to buying things because they’re on sale or you don’t realise you have them.
Embrace the Mantra “a place for everything and everything in its place”
This goes hand in hand with taking an inventory, once you’ve taken stock of your belongings, then you need to make some decisions on what goes where. When everything has a designated place, it becomes much easier to keep things organised and accessible. Because you’re able to find things when you need them you won’t find yourself acquiring replacements for things you already own.
Banish the “Might be Useful” Mentality
Chances are if you are telling yourself that it might be useful one day; it won’t be. It’s unlikely that you’re ever going to want to wear that suit from your university graduation or use a non-smartphone—be realistic and ruthless in what you keep and what you throw away.
When it comes to broken items ask yourself: Can you fix it? Will you fix it? Is it worth fixing?
If you find yourself hanging onto broken items that you could feasibly repair, consider whether the item is actually repairable, the chances that you will actually get round to fixing it and whether you even like it enough to go through the hassle of sorting it. If the answer to all three of these questions is yes; identify a clear plan of action and timeline. If it’s not done by the deadline—away it goes.
Sort out your storage
There are so many fantastic and inexpensive ways to create your own storage and it’s much easier than you might think. From transforming PVC pipes into a purpose built shoe rack to creating floating shelves using only a few pieces of wood and some Gorilla Wood Glue. Having the space to keep your things in, can help keep clutter at bay.
Upcycling is the process of turning trash into treasure. Though this is an article about decluttering, there are some instances where old objects can be repurposed into useful new additions to your home. If you come across an item that you’re having an especially hard time letting go of, but no longer serves you— it may be worth having a think about whether this could be transformed into something that does.
Don’t neglect your kitchen
It’s easy to forget about the kitchen cupboards, but if you find you’re the type to have stashes of oats and rice that have been living in your pantry for far too long, it might be worth taking a look to see if there is anything in there that you could get rid of to free up space.
Have the right mentality
Don’t think about the things you’re getting rid of, think about the space you’re creating. It’s so much easier to follow through with a task when you’re looking forward to the end result.
Don’t get overwhelmed by trying to tackle the whole house at once. Choose one drawer or area to get started and dive in. This makes the entire process much less daunting and allows you to contain the chaos.
Enjoy the benefits
Probably the most important tip of all. Once you’ve been through your home and have got rid of the unwanted clutter, take time to appreciate the serene space you’ve created—well done you.