Clean home, clean mind: that’s what they say! In the material world we live in, clutter builds up pretty quick. From the ‘ingenious’ egg box art work gift made by your kids to the dress in the back of your closet that you know you’re never going to wear again, it’s all there. Waiting for you. Don’t get overwhelmed, decluttering your home is doable! We’ve shared a few tips to make the decluttering process easier (and a little less awful).
1. Set a time limit
Before you’ve even started, you may be overwhelmed by the cupboard that needs clearing. There’s a lot of decisions to be made and it can be a daunting task. Break it down into 5, 10 or 15 minute sections. In 5 minutes, you can do two shelves perhaps. By splitting it up you have a better chance of staying focused and decluttering efficiently. Which leads on nicely to the next tip;
2. Break it down
Whether it’s a room a month, a bag a week or an item a day, break the task down into chunks. Everyone knows that identifying a plan and achievable goal, increases the chance that you’ll stick to it. So make yourself a manageable plan of attack
3. Crank up the music
This doesn’t have to be a boring task. Blast some of your favorite tunes to keep you energized and focused.
4. Keep, chuck or donate?
Take Sheree’s advice over at Home Sweet Homemaker and create 3 piles as you go. The ‘keep’ pile is for items you use regularly and are certain you wish to keep. The ‘bin’ pile is for things you no longer have a need for but are a little worse-for-wear and not suitable to donate. Finally, the donate pile are for items that are in good nick, but you no longer need or use.
5. Have a maybe pile
If like me, you fear getting rid of things you may need, it might be useful to start a ‘maybe’ pile.This is for items you may not have used in a while, had forgotten about or you can’t imagine using in the next 3 months. Store this pile away. If you find yourself in need of something in the pile, take it out and keep it. After a few months, try to recall what’s left in the pile. If you can’t remember, it’s probably something you don’t have a need for anymore – over to the ‘bin’ pile it goes! Same for those items you haven’t touched. For a similar trick but for you wardrobe check out the next tip.
6. Try the reverse hanger trick
If you’re in for the long game, give the reverse-hanger trick a go. Reverse your hangers in your wardrobe. When you wear an item, put it back with the hanger the right way. After six months, see what clothes are left on the reverse hangers and donate any you didn’t wear.
7. Get the kids involved
Kids create clutter. Fact. So pass on some responsibility to them and make it a family-wide activity. Give them a bag each and tell them to fill it with items they believe they no longer need. But make sure you check these bags after- kids can be pretty hasty! Today, they may be prepared to throw away the brand new train you bought them last week , but tomorrow they may be crying for it. . .
8. Donate your goods
See our top tips to donate responsibly and then donate your items to your local Salvos Stores.
9. Don’t let it build back up!
Once you’ve done the big ‘once-over’ and decluttered your home, keep a check on everything and don’t let it build up. Have a one-in-one-out system and keep a donation box/basket handy to pop anything suitable to donate in there ready for your next op-shop trip.
How do you go about decluttering? Do you have any family tips? As always we’d love to hear from you. You can comment on this post or join the conversation over on our Facebook page.