7 Tricks To Help You Declutter Your Home
Have you got too much clutter in your home? Decluttering is a task that many of us constantly put off. Some of us may give it a half-hearted attempt, throwing away a handful of clothes and some old CDs but not making any real dent. Effective decluttering needs to be done in an organised and thorough manner. Here are just seven methods worth trying out that could help you to successfully cull that clutter.
Tackle one room at a time
Going through your home one room at a time can make it less of an intimidating job. It could be worth creating a schedule – you could aim to tackle a new room every weekend. Start with the biggest clutter zones such as the attic or garage, and work your way down to the least cluttered room. By starting with the biggest jobs, you’re likely to stay more motivated and you can tell yourself that each room will get easier.
Get help from a friend
We all cling onto items that we think we need due to them serving a vague sentimental value. It might be worth getting help from a friend or family member who can be brutally honest and objective about what you need and don’t need. You can still have the last say when it comes to chucking things away – they may just help to prompt you.
Throw something away every day
Vowing to throw something away every day could be an ideal strategy for those that don’t have the time to thoroughly declutter their home. You could end up throwing out 365 things in a year. This doesn’t include items you’d regularly chuck in the trashcan.
Aim to fill a skip
To give you a goal, you could aim to fill a rubbish skip with belongings. You can hire skips from companies such as A & M Metals and Waste. Knowing you’ve paid for a skip could give you that extra incentive to get the most out of it.
Try the four box method
The four box method involves labelling four boxes ‘put away’, ‘give away’, ‘throw away’ and ‘undecided’. Items are then sorted into one of the four boxes. This is great for tackling clutter on display whilst also encouraging you to make better use of storage and to donate and sell items rather than simply throwing everything away. Just make sure everything doesn’t end up in the ‘undecided’ box.
Try the KonMari method
The KonMari method is slightly extreme, but effective for those wanting a full overhaul. Rather than picking out all the items that you don’t want to keep, you instead go through your home sorting out all the items that you need and then throwaway the rest.
Try the Oprah Winfrey closet hanger experiment
Oprah Winfrey popularised this wardrobe decluttering method – it involves rearranging all the hangers so that they’re facing towards you. Every time you wear a piece of clothing, put it back on the rail with the hanger facing the opposite way. After several months you’ll be able to see which clothing you haven’t worn in that period, and therefore the clothing that you don’t need.