How to Declutter
Each year, as Spring approaches, the urge to declutter appears. Find out how to declutter successfully.
Having a declutter not only rids you of unwanted items, but can really lift your mood. Having clear and tidy spaces around you, helps you feel at peace with your surroundings. For this reason, I like to declutter annually.
How to Start Decluttering
If you think you have a lot to declutter, it is best to break the whole task up in to smaller chunks. This will prevent you from feeling too overwhelmed. Try tackling one room at a time.
I recently began decluttering again, as I like to do each year to prevent the build up of things. I started with the boys bedroom, then moved on to the bathroom, then to our bedroom and the living room. The kitchen is next on my list and this is quite a big task as I am a hoarder of kitchen gadgets! To make it easier to face, I have even broken the kitchen up into areas rather than tackling it as one whole room.
What to Declutter
There is a great quote, from William Morris, which can help with this question:
'Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful'.
Therefore, each item you come across, you need to ask yourself ‘Do I or Would I use this?’ and/or ‘Is it beautiful’.
How to be Organised when Decluttering
Before you start, it is important to get organised. This will make the whole task much easier.
You will be putting each item in to one of four piles:
Therefore, you need to get a bag for the rubbish and two boxes – one for items you will be selling and one for items you will be donating.
Now, as you pick up each item, you can ask yourself ‘is it useful or beautiful’. If the answer is ‘yes’, then you can put it in the ‘keep’ pile. If the answer is ‘no’, then you place it either in the 'to sell' box, the 'to donate' box or the rubbish bag. This way you will only be touching each item once rather than multiple times.
Deal with the Decluttered Items Quickly
Once you have your four piles of items, you need to deal with them quickly.
- The items you have decided to keep are the first ones to be sorted. Put all the items away in the now empty areas you have created. Hopefully, you will find you have a place for each item or even some spare space.
- Next, take the rubbish bags out of the room and to the bin.
- Gather up your items for donating and, if you can, take them to the charity shop or donation centre now.
- This just leaves the items you wish to sell.
Selling Decluttered Items
Whichever way you choose, get your items photographed and uploaded before you move on to the next room.
Stand Back and Admire Your Work
All that is left to do, is stand back and admire your work. The space will feel fresh and light, spacious and bright and will inspire you to move on to the next one.
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