Ways To Declutter Your Home
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Ways to declutter your home effectively

The idea of living a minimalistic life sounds attractive to many these days and it’s definitely something that’s on the rise in popularity. The benefits of owning fewer possessions means you have less to clean, less to organise, less stress, more money and therefore more energy for the things you’re really passionate about due to the amount of time you’ll save not having to clean so much stuff! This post is about ways to declutter your home.

However, this is where things could start to get a little stressful, especially if you have a lot of stuff to get rid of. Many people starting out will begin to feel overwhelmed, anxious, and defeated around the idea of decluttering their homes. However, the decluttering journey doesn’t need to be as painful as you might think.

Here are our tips to help you declutter your home…

Give yourself a time limit. By giving yourself a time limit, means you have a clear end in sight. This could be anything from 5 minutes to half an hour. See what you can get done and once you reach your allied time, stop and treat yourself by doing something you love – go for a walk; spend time with friends…etc.

A room at a time. As it can sometimes feel very overwhelming when it comes to decluttering your home, do it piece by piece, or room by room to make it more manageable.

Fill one trash bag. One great way to declutter is to grab a large bin bag and simply fillet up. Pick a room and just go for it! I bet you’ll be surprised at how quickly you can fill it up. Then once it’s full, either take it to a charity shop or your recycling centre to give your unwanted items a new home.

Try the closet hanger experiment. To identify pieces in your wardrobe to clear out, hang all your clothes together in your wardrobe with the hangers in the reverse direction. After you wear an item, return it to the closet with the hanger facing the correct direction. After say, 6 months, you’ll have a clear picture of the clothes you do and don’t wear, making it easy to get rid of the ones still facing in the wrong direction.

Make a list. Create a list of places/areas in your home to declutter beginning with the easiest. When you’re done with one area, stop and take a break or stop all together and focus on something else. This list could be made as easy or difficult as you desire based upon what areas of your home make up the list (drawers/closets/rooms). And could easily fit into any schedule.

Take the 12-12-12 challenge. The 12-12-12 challenge is a simple task of locating 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 items to be returned to their proper home/place. It can be a really fun way to quickly organise a multitude of things in your home.

Experiment with numbers. Pick a number of items to get rid of and see if you can make it happen. For example, say you picked the number 48…this would be the number of items throughout your house to get rid of. However, if 48 seems too little, or too much, adjust it to suit you. The important thing is to challenge yourself to live with less and see what you learn from the experiment.

The Four-Box Method. Buy yourself 4 boxes and line them spout of the way, in a spare room perhaps. One for trash, one to give away (charity), one for keeps and one to relocate (perhaps to give to friends/family or put in another room more suited).

No matter what you choose to help you get started, whether it’s one of these tips or not, the goal is to take your first step into a clutter free world.

Can you suggest ways to declutter your home to my readers?

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  • Kim Carberry

    I have been having great fun decluttering lately. I set myself a time limit and made a playlist on Youtube of songs which last an hour and when it’s done I know my time is up.
    Great ideas x

  • Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs

    Fab tips Kate! We are in the process of having a good sort out. I have recently ordered some bags from the British Heart Foundation and I’ve got a feeling we will be filling lots of them!

    Thanks for sharing with #MMBC. Hope you’ve had a good weekend. x

  • RaisieBay

    This is a great list of tips Kate. I’m definitely going to try some out. I already do the time limit one, but with my health it’s only 15 minutes…but it’s amazing what you can do in 15 minutes. I like the black bag idea, that would work great in the kids bedrooms. I might get them to do the 12-12-12 one, it could be fun for them and doesn’t sound too taxing.

  • betterthangoodenough123

    Hi Kate, thanks for these tips. I’m always looking for new ways to organize my de-cluttering efforts. I’m usually pretty good about staying on top of things, but I realized a few years ago that I was often hanging onto things out of guilt – someone gave it to me, or I bought it, and then realized it didn’t match anything in my closet, or that i spent more than I should have, so even though it doesn’t fit quite right – it’s harder for me to get rid of it. When I realized that the most helpful thing for me to get rid of was THE GUILT, the closets got much more tidy!
    Thanks so much for the inspiration.
    Joan Senio
    My Best Friend Adeline

  • Heather Keet

    I always have a charity bag sitting in the garage. I hate clutter and work weekly to make sure it never overwhelms me. A bit at a time is definitely an easy way to tackle it. #GlobalBlogging

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