People from all walks of life come to me because they need help to “reclaim” their houses. Clutter in the home builds up over time and ends up weighing many of us down. It’s difficult to think clearly when your home is disorganised and when you are very busy preparing for the festive season, you need to have surroundings you can be productive in.
I have put together a 3 step guide on how to declutter your home and reclaim it before Christmas! This is only bitesize though, so please feel free to visit my website for more ideas or give me a call if you would like some expert advice.
- Choose a room to start with and identify problem areas
In a cluttered home, there is often one room that is the most cluttered and is causing the most problems in your home and with your family. This is the room to start with. Look at the problem areas and decide what is wrong with the cluttered parts of the room. Is there post lying around everywhere? This means you don’t have a system for new post when it comes in. Do you have kids toys strewn about the floor? This could be because there isn’t a central place to keep all the toys. Decide on the room and make a note of the cluttered areas and think about why they are getting cluttered up.
2. Out with the old...
Decide what you are going to keep, store or throw. This is often the bit many people have the most trouble with. With each item genuinely ask yourself “Am I going to use it?” Be ruthless! We often hold onto things we know deep down we are never going to use. (Analyzing all the stuff we buy helps us to make better purchasing decisions too). Sort your clutter into piles: recycle, charity shops, store, bin. Once you have sorted them into piles, don't make the mistake of letting them sit there! Make time to go to the charity shop or recycling centre. It will be such a relief to say goodbye to it all and find your new room completely decluttered.
3. Find a system for the remaining stuff
Step 2 is not the end of the process. It is just the beginning! So as to ensure that the clutter doesn’t build up again - you need to create organisational systems for your things. Systems which work for you and which you will find it easy to stick to. For example, if one of your problems was paper work and post mounting up, you need to create a workable filing system and create storage space for your papers. Whatever you do- don’t just put it down and forget about it. That's where clutter comes from!
Declutter your home, declutter your mind