If you dream of having a clutter free home, but feel overwhelmed at the mere thought of where to begin, here are a few simple tips to get you started:
1. Start with one space
If you have been thinking of decluttering your home for a while, but find the thought of where to begin too overwhelming, my advice is to start with one space. It doesn’t have to be an entire room, in fact a small space like a cupboard, is a perfect place to start. You might even find it helpful to divide your rooms into smaller spaces. Chipping away at your clutter one small space at a time.
2. Create a vision for the space
How do you want this space to look and function at the end of the decluttering process? Having a vision is a great tool to help you identify which items to keep and which ones you can live without. It can also be helpful to write down your vision in dot points so that you don’t lose focus along the way.
3. Allow enough time
Decluttering can get really messy. Pulling out everything, sorting into categories and then organising the items that you want to keep. Because of the mess involved, it is important to allow enough time to complete the task.
I have learned through experience, that there is absolutely no point in starting the declutter process, unless you know that you have enough time to finish the task. Stopping part way through the process leaves the space looking worse than before and motivation to get started again can be really hard to find.
4. Have the right mindset
This may sound a little corny, but the way you think of your clutter often influences the way you deal with your clutter. Whether it’s the guilt of wasting money, an emotional attachment or just lack of time, understanding why you have clutter is the first step to removing it from your home and preventing it from building up in the future. With the right mindset, anyone can achieve a clutter free home.
5. Decide how to dispose of your clutter
Before you start your de-clutter project, it is always a good idea to decide on how you are going to dispose of your unwanted clutter. Failing to do so may leave you with piles of unwanted items in your home and create temptation to keep items that sit around for too long.
Rubbish goes in the bin of course, but if you have loads and loads of sellable items, a garage sale is a great option. For smaller decluttering projects, consider handing down items to family and friends or identify a charity or organisation in your local area that accepts donations of unwanted clothing and household items. My local charity of choice is only a short distance from my home. A few years ago I created a charity box at home, so instead of letting clutter build up, unwanted items go in the box and when it is full I take it to charity.
Creating a clutter free home is obtainable by anyone and the benefits speak for themselves. You will save time cleaning, be able to find items easily and most importantly save money. When your home is clutter free, you are more likely to enjoy your home, so instead of going out, you spend more time in. It also changes the way you shop. Impulsive purchases become considered choices, after all if the item doesn’t serve a purpose or have a place in your home, it becomes clutter.