It’s that time of the year again; the time when we declare our determination to declutter our house once and for all, all this year, just like last year and the year before we really mean it! So, if you are facing the New Years declutter but want to succeed this time round here are our 4 top tips to help you finally tackle that clutter, from cheap storage to getting organised, and get your home back.
Make a list
Don’t think of your house as one whole big decluttering project, think of it as lots of rooms which means lots of smaller projects. If you want to break the decluttering down further, then think of it of lots of storage spaces within a room. Make a list of the key areas you need to declutter, and put them in the order that they most need tackling. Then assign a timescale to each area; the mistake lots of people make is deciding what needs doing but then giving a really open time frame such as “This year I want to declutter my house”. If you have a deadline to finish a particular room or storage space, then you are far more likely to try ad stick to it. Once you have completed one are, tick it off and start the next.
We can’t stress how important being ruthless is when it comes to decluttering, if you really want to change things in your home then you need to get rid of those things you might just possibly need one day in the future as well as those things you don’t need at all. It is a good idea place the items you have decided to get rid of into boxes and either take them to the tip or donate them to charity, depending on their usefulness, on a regular basis. If you do this, you won’t be tempted to take things back out of the boxes and have second thoughts.
Thin out your furniture
Often your home isn’t nearly as cluttered with belongings as you think it is; you may actually just have a little bit too much furniture that is making the space that you do have seen small. Take a good look at each room in your home, do you have any items of furniture that you never use; they might be impractical, too bulky or even not very comfortable. These are the pieces you should be looking to remove. Often these can be items of furniture with a sentimental value attached to them that have come from a family member. If this is the case, you may really prefer not to get rid of them. An alternative can be to look for a self-storage facility locally and place these items in storage until you decide what to do with them.
Rome wasn’t built in a day and your clutter didn’t build up overnight, so don’t expect this to be a quick job. Give yourself plenty of time.