AD| When you have clutter it can make you feel like you are living in chaos. It always makes me feel a little stressed out! It can be challenging to find anything, you waste time trying to find what you need and it can be so demotivating living in a cluttered space.
I always feel better and more inspired to get up and go when my home is clean, tidy and clear of any clutter. The problem is that it can build up so quickly and then decluttering can be a daunting task but there are many ways to get started.
What Items Can You Get Rid of Quickly?
We are bombarded with items every day. When we have so much stuff it can be difficult to decide what to keep and what to get rid of.
There are some items that you can get rid of quickly, like old clothes or broken appliances. You should donate these items if they are still in good condition or recycle them if they are not. It is important to have an organised space for the donated items so that you can find them when someone needs them.
Just deal with the stuff you don’t want or need!
Do you have an area in your home that is full of things that you want to get rid of, but just haven’t gotten around to it yet?
I have this problem myself – we have items we don’t want there that are just stuck in the garage. Old baby stuff, old clothes and lots of picture frames! This should be the starting point before you end up adding more and more things to this ‘get rid of’ pile.
“Keep,” “Toss,” and “Donate.”
We’ve all heard of this method – it’s simple to put your items into three piles of things you want to keep, things that need to go in the bin and things that you can donate.
You can also add a ‘sell’ pile if something is worth getting some money for! Reselling and recycling is great for the environment.
Put things in storage
If you have furniture that you may want at a later date or that has sentimental value, then putting it in self-storage is a good idea to get it out of your home. Now Storage makes it really easy to get a quote for storage space so you are able to put some things away to keep your house clear.
Start with one room at a time
Start with just one room and don’t move on until it’s finished. I always start with my bedroom – clothes specifically! This means I know where I am up to and I don’t end up with lots of half-sorted rooms. It’s nice to do one at a time so it can be done and complete, ready to move on to the next.
Give yourself time to tidy up
When you are decluttering, things can get messy. It can be so tempting just dump everything on your bed and tackle it all, but be realistic about how much time you have and make sure you are able to tidy up when you are done. You may only be able to tackle one or two draws some days – but little and often is better than biting off more than you can chew and leaving your home looking a mess.
Remember the benefits of decluttering
Decluttering is much more than just having a tidy house. It’s about having a clear space that is enjoyable to live in and where you don’t feel oppressed and weighed down by your belongings. It’s about easily being able to find what you need without having to rummage through lots of items stuffed in a cupboard, often creating more mess.
It’s about making life simple and organised because we all know that makes us feel happier and more productive.
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