Many of us would like to have a big sort out and to declutter our homes, but it can seem a daunting task to tackle, and often one best put off to another day, then another day, and so on. However, with our tips, the task of decluttering your entire house won’t seem anywhere near as overwhelming or time-consuming. Follow our simple system and you could get started today!
Step one: Make a plan
Whether you live in a small or large home, you will be able to carry out a thorough declutter much easier and with much less stress if you create and follow a plan of action.
Write a list of all of the rooms in your house that need to be decluttered, and give them a rating out of 10 based on how cluttered they are. Prioritise the rooms with the highest scores, and start with the target areas within them; once you’ve cleared the bulk of the clutter, the rest of the room will feel like a doddle to clear.
Work on one room at a time and set both time and date deadlines for yourself to help stay motivated. If you are decluttering with a partner, you could even pick a room each to work on, and see who can finish first, to make it a bit more fun! Decluttering can be done over one weekend, or over several, depending on your time constraints and preferences.
Step two: Create a sorting system
A sorting system is crucial to any decluttering session, as it forces you into making a snap decision about each item you come across. Use three large boxes for this, which you then label with ‘keep’, ‘get rid’ and ‘storage’. Once you have completed each room, you can then go through the ‘get rid’ box and decide what you’d like to do with the contents. Hiring a skip is the easiest option, and if you hire one from us we’ll do your recycling for you, too. You could also use your household wheelie bin, your local tip, or a charity shop. Put any bits to one side that you think friends or family might like.
Step three: Prepare to say goodbye
Be harsh with yourself. There’s no point in doing a de-clutter to then throw nothing out! So be prepared to say goodbye to quite a lot of junk. Ask yourself:
- Do I use it?
- Do I need it?
- Do I like it? If I do like it, do I really need it in my home? Could I take a photograph of it instead, as a memory?
Remember to chuck out any unwanted gifts you’ve been given over the years that you’ve felt you should hold onto for sentimental reasons. Now is the time to get rid!
Step four: Organise as you declutter
If it’s large, you’re keeping it, and you’re happy with its current position, just leave it where it is (the sofa, for example). If it needs moving, move it once you’ve completed the room. Then, everything in your ‘to keep’ box can be placed into its newly designated home too. Don’t put this stage off until another day, or you’ll end up living in chaos.
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