Decluttering is a real buzz word at the moment. There are shows on TV about decluttering, Facebook groups about decluttering and even decluttering professionals! (I love organizing and tidying so maybe that could be my future career goal!) When it comes to your own home, let me tell you that you don’t have to be a professional to get your home decluttered. All you need to start is to follow a few simple steps and tips to learn how to declutter your home so that you can create that oasis of peace you’ve always wanted your home to be.
What Is Clutter?
First of all, what is clutter? Depending on who you ask, it can be many things but in general, it’s anything that is taking up space in your home but doesn’t add value or improve your life. For example, that 30 year old sewing machine you have stashed in the spare room with the idea of ‘I’m going to use it one day to make a dress!’ – yeah, that’s clutter. You haven’t used it in so long, it hasn’t got a role in your life and your life won’t lose any value if you get rid of it. It’s simply taking up precious space in your home.
If you’re tired of feeling overwhelmed in your own home, let’s change that and sort your clutter out once and for all! Decluttering can be part of aSpring Clean ritual or you can go on a decluttering mission anytime you need.
Top Tips To Declutter Your Home
Tip #1: Find easy storage solutions
One of the main reasons a home always feels cluttered is because a lot of the ‘stuff’ we have in it doesn’t have a specific home or place it is usually stored. Kids toys, for example, might just be pushed aside, against the wall or behind the couch. Yes, that makes space to walk through a room but you can still see it all and so it still makes the space feel cluttered and messy. And I know that’s not the look you’re going for!
To get rid of that cluttered look and feel, find easy storage ideas of where you can put things when they’re not being used that also look tidy and pleasing to you. Big baskets, cute toy storage boxes or storage shelves and units are great ways to quickly tidy away the clutter easily but leaving the room still looking organized and tidy. They’re such easy storage solutions that even the kids can tidy up after themselves! I’ll leave it up to you how to motivate them to do it!
Tip #2: Start in the room that irritates you the most
When you start your decluttering adventure, start in the room or space that irritates you the most. If it’s the entrance, start there. If it’s your bedroom, do that first. If it’s the kitchen, yep, start there! If you declutter an area that has been bothering you the most, it will make you feel so much better when you have organized it. This will motivate you to keep going and declutter the next space.
Tip #3: Put rarely used items up high or out of sight
If you have things in your home that you definitely need to keep but don’t use very often, try to put them up high so that they are out of sight and don’t take up the more useful eye-level spaces. This could be on shelves or on top of units. Even better, put them out of sight – in a cupboard, in a drawer – so that the item doesn’t take up your attention on a daily basis.
Tip #4: Stay committed to the task until it’s done
If you’re going to tackle a task, stick with it until it’s done. There is nothing worse than starting a project, deciding half-way through that you’re bored and you’re going to stop and then you have the leftover mess in your way until you decide to finish the job. Don’t start a job that will take most of the day if you only have half an hour to spare. Choose a smaller job and stay committed.
Anytime you put your hands to hard work, remember to apply some Gloves In A Bottle Shielding Lotion to keep your hands moisturized and protected from dry or irritated skin, including cracked fingertips from all that hard work. To declutter an entire home, it takes a bit of time and effort but it’s so worth it when you’re done. Just picture yourself sitting on that couch with a coffee and cake, looking around at a clean and organized home. Now exhale and relax – until the kids come home, anyway.