Do you keep losing things or the house just can’t stay tidy?
This is a sign you NEED to declutter.
First things first you need to remember this is a big process and won’t happen overnight (unless you are on a roll and don’t stop!) It’s a big job but no one else is going to do it.
- The first thing you need to do is think of your goal for the declutter. This could be anything such as keeping the house tidy, finding things easier or just to get rid of things you no longer need or use. My goal was to keep the house tidy easier and let me tell you it WORKS. So step number one, think of your goal and keep reminding yourself of why you are doing this.
- How to know where to start? You won’t! Start wherever is easiest for you. For me, it was the room with the least stuff, my bathroom. When you start decluttering you will find yourself keeping lots of things and finding it hard to throw things out. This is ok and you will get better but it’s best to try to start off strong and just go for it. You often won’t miss the things you get rid of. I know I didn’t miss the 8 bottles of hotel body wash that I had stored under the sink. Step number two start small and possibly with the smallest room or cupboard you have.
- How to know what to keep. Ask yourself these three questions 1. How often do you use it? 2. When was the last time you used it? 3. Do you love it? If the answer to number one is every 4 months or so… you properly don’t need it. If the answer to number two is that you’re not sure or about 4 months ago… you probably don’t need it. And if the answer to number three is no… you definitely don’t need it! So that’s how to know what to keep, think of these questions for everything, clothes, shoes, furniture, nic nacks and bits and bobs.
- You need to also look at the condition of it. Is it worn out or down? Is it broken or damaged? You need to make sure that you are not keeping broken things unless you can repair them. But if it has been broken for a while and you have been meaning to fix it.. Will you ever get around to it or will it be sitting there for another 6 months. You might need to just get rid of it.
- What to do with the things you are getting rid of. This again needs to be condition checked. If it is in bad condition or broken you need to bin it but if the condition isn’t bad you can probably sell or donate it. If you can think of a friend or family member that would love it and make use of it pass it along to them. Sell it if you can. What I like to do is everything I’m getting rid of and know I can sell. I take photos of them there and then and list them on eBay or other sites that night and hopefully, they will be gone within two weeks. This is a great way to earn a little bit of cash as well as pass on things you once loved to others that can love them again.
- Four boxes will rule your decluttering life. Try and find four boxes or bin bags for this step. I use storage baskets. You want a KEEP box, BIN box, GIVEAWAY box and a SELL box. Then fill these boxes and tidy up as you go. I often find it best to sort from one side to the other and keep it tidy as I go. I like to ensure that the area I have just decluttered is tidied and clean when I am sorting it out rather than leaving it until last to tidy and clean the whole space. Often decluttering a room doesn’t happen in one day and you don’t want to leave it a state when you’re exhausted from the day.
- Put everything back in the best place. So when you are decluttering try to think of what you are keeping and where the best place for that would be. I suggest doing it one step at a time and try to organise your things too. When you are putting things in your keep box try to find a home for them, this is the best time to think of storage options, I always find it easier if everything is in baskets or storage bins.
- Keep your important documents safe! This is what started my whole declutter as I couldn’t find an important document and so I started decluttering until I found it. If you’re smart unlike me you probably already have this which is great but if you’re like me you need to buy or find a folder that you can keep everything important in. Like if I ask you on the spot now do you know where your passport is? Do you? Or what about your car’s registration? So everything that is important, you need to keep in one place in a folder. If there’s many in your household you might want a folder with different pockets to stay organised.
- The next thing you will learn when decluttering and trying to keep the house organized along the way is that storage baskets and bins are your heart’s desire. These are the salt to the pepper when decluttering your home. Use them in all situations and try to sort items and keep them organised. Also, a bonus tip is to use sandwich bags to sort wires and keep them neatly away.
- Stop holding on to expensive things even if you don’t use or love them anymore. It is often found that if something is expensive people will usually keep it even if they don’t have a use for it anymore, this is because they don’t want to lose the money they spent on it. I’m not saying bin every tv in your house but SELL everything you don’t need or use anymore. You’ll get a bit of the money back and it will help clear your home of the things you don’t use or like.
- Make decluttering a lifestyle not a one-time thing. Once your house is in order it is a job itself to keep it that way so you need to ensure that you keep at it so it doesn’t just get filled up with things. Try to sort cupboards and wardrobes often to take out the things you don’t need sooner rather than waiting for a build-up of things. For this one of the best ways to keep track of everything is to do a list of the rooms, cupboards and under beds with the dates next to them when you last decluttered and then you can see when it was last done and when you think they might need doing again. It’s better to get on top and stay there then to start all over again.
- Don’t buy more things! This is an easy step. Every time you go to buy something make sure you remember decluttering and ensure that you do definitely need it as well as are going to use it and love it. Never buy anything if you’re not 100% happy with it as it will just end up being left around and decluttered in the next few weeks anyway. This step will save you money and make you realise that you don’t need to buy as much as you thought therefore helping towards saving the planet.
- Enjoy your clutter-free home!! Now your home’s rid of everything you don’t need, use or love, enjoy it. Try new things and switch it up, work out how your home can work best for you. At the end of the day, your house is your home and you can have it and use it however you like. It’s yours. Love it.
Live a simple, fun and clutter-free life. By decluttering your home you will find your head is also decluttered. I will be posting tips and tricks on decluttering your mind and phone on my blog and Instagram so be sure to check that out.