Fed up with clutter? Have you ever wondered to yourself…..
how do I declutter my house?
We have all the answers in this article by Vickly Silverthorn from You Need A Vicky.
I am a firm believer that a messy home will feel dirty even when sparkling clean. In many cases, messiness is not caused by a lack of discipline in tidying. Instead, clutter accumulates when items do not have a proper place to be put away and, more often, when there are excess items needing space beyond what a home is capable of providing. Although it is tempting to conclude that a larger home and therefore more space is needed, a much more practical and efficient solution is to simply declutter.
Having sorted through the clutter, you may well be surprised by the amount of space you actually have in your current location and ultimately how much cleaner the space feels.
Understandably, the prospect of tackling a home declutter can seem a bit overwhelming, especially given our busy lifestyles which allowed the clutter to accumulate in the first place. However, this decluttering can be made quite a bit easier and much more rewarding by following a few simple tips.
and now for the tips….
Stop seeing clutter as one big task
When organising your home, focus on one tiny area a day – a drawer, a cupboard, under the bed. Once you’ve done one section, stop yourself doing another – this way you’ll stop yourself from feeling overwhelmed. Instead of spending days in a row resentfully tidying, you’ll get through your house in a couple of weeks without it feeling like any effort.
Don’t buy storage prematurely
You don’t know what you’ll need until decluttering is complete, and you may surprise yourself (hopefully) as to the amount of space you end up with. Remember, it’s not just our belongings that create clutter, but furniture too. Our tendencies are to fill space, so if you have excess drawers and cabinets, your subconscious may be telling you to fill them!
Leave sentimental things until last
When it comes to photographs or memory boxes, you should leave them until the end of a day spent room clearing. Get them out at the start, and it will slow your progress down as you reminisce. Open a bottle of wine in the evening and take a look as reward for a hard day’s work.
Pass On The Positive
Donating items to charity shops allows you to tap into the joy the next owner will feel. The items you are passing on were used and loved by you and will be again useful to and cherished by someone else. Or perhaps the items were never quite right for you—a purchase made in error or a thoughtful gift that missed the mark—these items too will be better off with someone who will actually use them. Focusing on this positive aspect makes it much easier to let go of items you do not use.
Work out where it’s all going
Do this before you start. The satisfaction you feel when clutter leaves your house is huge. The irritation you feel when you trip over boxes of junk in the hall for a week is almost as powerful. Before you start, check when your local charity shop and tip are open and don’t forget to stock up on rubbish bags.