Springtime is usually associated with Spring cleaning and that’s probably because of all of the rebirth and ‘fresh starts’ that are all around us this time of year.
Winter has ended, the grass is growing high and the flowers are coming out for Summer. So we took a close look at how best to tackle the clutter that you accumulated since your last Spring clean, with the help of a decluttering expert! Check out the answers to these 8 fantastic questions, to get your house decluttered quickly and efficiently!
Why is it important to declutter?
I believe it is important to declutter so that you can remove the things that distract you from your purpose. Whether its cooking dinner or getting ready in the morning, no matter how big or small the activity is, when you can do with less distractions it will be a more positive and enjoyable experience.
We often keep things for the “just in case” moments which leads us to cluttering up our homes with things we don’t need for the now.
We hold onto both our memories and dreams through our things which can hinder us from living our best life in the now.
What exactly does it mean to declutter?
Decluttering is the process of taking stock of what you have and accessing whether it is needed now. You can then pack away objects you want to keep, or donate items you don’t.
What is the secret to a successful declutter of your life?
Realising that this is not a one off project but rather a continual process.
A great big purge can feel great but you need to also adjust the systems in your home, change your habits so you wont simply be back feeling overwhelmed with your clutter in a few months time.
If you were going to give people one tip about decluttering what would it be?
Have a vision in mind before you start. This gives you a focus and intention as you access your stuff.
What are some of the places in the home which we forget to keep clutter-free and what can you do about them?
The common hotspots for clutter are places like the kitchen counter, the junk drawer, linen cupboard and your car.
I like to train my clients to schedule a regular time to clean out these spaces, for example, every Sunday clean out the car of all the kids sport equipment from the weekend, chuck out the rubbish, and return home any bags, jackets, homework books etc so you have a fresh canvas at the beginning of the week.
What effects are there when you have too much clutter around the house?
When you have too much clutter you feel distracted, overwhelmed, and disorganized.
Clutter often triggers arguments between couples as they play the blame game for whose stuff is causing the most stress.
Clutter can impede any efforts to be organized and time effective. The daily routines of getting out the door are hampered and sabotaged by our stuff literally tripping us up along the way.
Just think about this, if you spend 10 minutes a day looking for your keys, bag or shoes that never seem to be where they should be you waste over 60 hours a year!
What are the benefits of getting rid of all that clutter?
Less stress, less time wasted, less money wasted, more of what you love, more focus and more space.
What do you do with all the stuff that you don’t need any more?
For most household items, I donate them to my local charity stores. I like to try and find particular causes that needs my clutter too – for example unwanted bras and swimwear is donated to the Uplift Project, unwanted hotel toiletries are given to Every Little Bit Helps.
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