It is said that a clear space means a clear mind, the less clutter and junk in your home the more relaxed and peaceful you will feel. Decluttering is about simplifying and minimising your home, clearing your belongings to keep only what is needed and useful.
A clean, comfortable and organised home will do wonders for your physically and mentally. Here are our tips to help you along the decluttering journey.
- Control your emotions
When decluttering, a huge challenge can be removing your emotional attachment to an item. The difficult part is controlling your emotions and making decisions based on practicality rather than sentiment.
Ask yourself if an item is really needed or are you only keeping it for the memory attached to it? If you no longer use the item, have outgrown it or have no use for it in the future, it’s time to let go. Store the memory in your head, rather than your home.
- Slow and steady
One of the biggest mistakes people make when decluttering is attempting to do their whole house in only one day. Decluttering can be an exhausting task for people, physically and emotionally. To avoid becoming overwhelmed break your house into zones, focusing on one zone at a time. This may be the kitchen, living room or all the bathrooms. Allocate a certain timeframe for each zone and stick to this plan over a few days or a few weeks.
Decluttering in short bursts of time will help you to keep the momentum going and ensures you won’t miss any rooms or become bored with the process.
- Use the four-box method
A question you’ll often ask when decluttering is if an item should be kept of thrown out. The four-box method goes a step beyond this by sorting your items into four categories: Throw, Keep, Donate / Sell and Store. Label four boxes with these categories and take them with you as you move from zone to zone.
Throw are items to be sent to the rubbish bin. Broken things, items that will never be repaired, papers to be shredded or items that are no longer usable.
Keep are the belongings you still need, use regularly or have plenty of space for.
Donate / Sell items can be given to your favourite charity or sold at a garage sale or online site such as Ebay. These are items that you no longer have a use for, but other people might.
Store are belongings you cannot part with, but you don’t need in your every day life. They may be items with deep sentimental value or something you know you will definitely need in the future. These boxes can be stored neatly somewhere where they won’t get in the away of other items you choose to keep.
- Once you start, don’t stop
You’ll be surprised how much you accumulate over a year and you don’t want all your hard work to go to waste. Set yourself a goal to declutter every six to twelve months. By this stage, you may find items you originally wanted to keep are no longer needed or you no longer hold such an emotional attachment to certain belongings.
Decluttering your home may seem like a big task, but we guarantee you’ll enjoy all that extra space, mentally and physically.