Spring is (hopefully) upon us and so is the traditional time to get our homes back into order, however de-cluttering doesn’t have to be a once a year thing. Research has shown that 1 in 3 of us have enough unwanted clutter to fill a bedroom and 9 in 10 of us have up to £1000 worth of unwanted items in our homes. But in our busy lifestyles we never seem to find the time to get rid of the excess clutter in our homes. Below I have put 10 simple steps to help you de-clutter your home.
Don’t try and tackle it all in one go! Do not set an entire day aside to organise your whole house, instead spend a few hours on one space or project and do this regularly.
Be brave! Most people find it hard to throw things away, but not everything we own has a sentimental value. As you are going through your items really ask yourself do you love this item or does it have a regular practical value. Maybe it is a present you secretly hate or a dress from 10 years ago that you keep promising yourself you will slim down into. If you don’t need it get rid of it!
Get all the family involved. Tackling the house together will give everyone a sense of satisfaction and help the children to understand the importance of living in an organised home. Hopefully the next time they want to leave their toys lying around they will think twice!
Be logical! There are 2 basic rules when it comes to reorganising your house. Firstly, keep like with like eg all tools live together in the same place. And secondly keep items in the room they are going to be used in, when things are scattered around the house they will never be where you need them to be eg keep paper next to the printer.
If items are broken set yourself a deadline to get them fixed. If the deadline passes throw them away or give them to someone else.
Buy a shoe rack. Not only will this help everyone find their shoes in the morning, but it will stop them cluttering up your hallway. Your hallway is usually the first entry to your home. If it is clutter free here it will give a good impression for the rest of the house.
Buy savvy storage solutions. If your home lacks cupboards and in built storage compromise by placing baskets and shelving in alcove areas that don’t impact floor space or under tables and behind doors.
Sell unwanted items online. Sites such as Ebay and Gumtree provide an easy way to sell items. However local Facebook Free and Wanted sites are on the rise and sometimes can provide a more low key and relaxed way to sell a variety of items locally.
Once you have sorted a room give unneeded items away to local charities and social enterprises. There are many organisations who will collect furniture and bric a brac items for free if they are in a re-usable condition. The Stroud District Furniture Bank offer a free furniture collection service and will distribute it to families in need in the Stroud District (www.strouddistrictfurniturebank.org.uk).
Have a swap party to give away the unwanted clothes you have sorted in your de-clutter. Gather together a group of friends who all bring their unwanted items and you swap them between yourselves. One person’s junk is another person’s treasure! There are companies who organise clothes swapping parties such as (www.swishing.com)
Finally I will leave you with the thought that not ALL clutter is junk. Keeping your first mother’s day card is important. However keep them in a keepsakes box and not out all over the house!