Guess what guess what. I’m moving again. Yes, AGAIN. I’m moving out of my two bedroomed flat where I live alone into a house with my boyfriend.
Over the next couple of months, I’m going to be decluttering my flat to get rid of everything I don’t need. I have things that I’ve had for years but never use – clothes, DVDs, books, STUFF. It’s got to go.
I really struggle to get rid of things and form irrational attachments to things, especially if I feel I’ve not got my money worth out of it. So here are a few things I’ll be doing to declutter:
Get over the cost.
It’s hard to put things in the bin that you’ve bought and never used. I have loads of dresses that I’ve never worn because they’re too short or too small. I tell myself one day I’ll wear them. But after years and years of telling myself that, the only time I’ve touched them is to move them from house to house.
It might be hard to get rid of things that have value, but they don’t have any value to you in the future if they’re going to be nothing but take up space.
Think of the last time I used something.
If I’ve not used something in 6 months, I need to consider getting rid of it. If I’ve not used something in 12 months, then I need to get rid for sure!
If I forgot about it, dump it.
When going through things, there are so many times I see something and be like ‘Ohh, I forgot I had this’. Well, if I forgot I had it, I clearly didn’t miss it.
Clear flat surfaces.
My flat always looks cluttered and I hate it. I have a habit of putting things on flat surfaces, then I add more and more things until it just looks cluttered.
Something I want to do is get into the habit of keeping my surfaces clear. Give it a home, or bin it!
Start at the bottom and work up.
When cleaning out my wardrobes, I’m always tempted to go through the clothes hung up first. The best thing to do is tackled the things in the bottom of the wardrobe – shoes, bags, clothes that you can’t be arsed to hang up – clear that out first.
Get rid of clothes and shoes.
You wear 20% of your clothes and shoes 80% of the time – the trick is to get rid of the 80% of the things you don’t use. Ask yourself these questions:
- Does it fit?
- Is it damaged? (stained, torn, faded)
- Has it been worn in the past year?
If the answer is no to these, toss it.
Do you have any tips for having a clear out?