Are you avoiding opening your cupboards for fear that the contents will spill out onto you?
Or are you tripping over belongings that don’t seem to have a home because you never seem to get around to finding one?
Then you are due for your annual declutter (yes I repeat, your annual declutter!).
Decluttering will not only avoid injuries around the home, but it will also improve your life. Here are some tips on how to declutter:
- Find a home for that ever growing pile of paper. We all dread the pile of bills, junk mail, school notices, magazine/newspaper articles and shopping lists, to name a few. Paper often finds its way on dining tables, coffee tables, kitchen benchtops and any other free surface available. Some will need to be filed and some will need to be binned. With what is left, I suggest buying an in-tray and placing it in an easily accessible drawer or cupboard. Place all the current papers in this in-tray and make sure that you assess it each week so as to avoid missing important deadlines.
- Where to start decluttering? Choose a ‘zone’. This could be a room or a cupboard in the house that is bothering you most – start here to keep up the motivation levels. Move from zone to zone and you will find that zones overlap as you start making room in one area for items from another area. Try to concentrate on one zone at a time or else the task will become overwhelming.
- Before you start decluttering, grab yourself 3 boxes (big ones!). One labelled rubbish, another charity/ebay and the last storage. Anything that doesn’t have a home or is no longer needed should be placed into either rubbish or charity. Some items may even hold value and can be sold on eBay or Gumtree (nothing like making some money off your items to motivate you to declutter annually). Items that are hard to let go of should be placed into the storage box. These should then be stored in the shed or garage and reviewed again in 6 to 12 months time. At review, they may feel easier to let go of or you may find they are only needed occasionally and can remain in storage.
- Wardrobe clean outs are not for the faint hearted, but I suggest completing these every six months. Consider each item and whether a) it still fits b) its still in fashion and c) when was the last time you wore it? If its been over 12 months since you have worn it, chances are, you are not going to wear it again. If it’s still in good condition, donate it to charity and let someone else enjoy it!
- Lastly, I must warn you that decluttering can be addictive! Once you start you will feel lighter and happier. It will take motivation and energy to move through your home but I suggest you turn up your favourite motivational tunes and go for it. If you dont’ have a family member or friend to help, you can always call in the professionals.
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