It’s amazing how much clutter seems to build up over time. Almost like it reproduces. When we first move into a home, it’s tidy. Everything has a place. Every time you move, you have a ruthless declutter, asking “do I love it enough to pack?” and getting rid if you don’t. Then you’ll spend a few weeks living in an organized paradise, where everything has its place, and you know where everything is.
Then, it starts. There are things left out. Books and files lie on top of shelves because they have no home of their own. Your mug cupboard is overflowing, and there’s a pile of DVDs next to the TV because their assigned shelf is bulging. You may have coat hangers breaking because you have to wrestle them out of your wardrobe, or piles of clothes everywhere because your drawers are full. The worst thing of all if that even if you do clean, and manage to find everything a home, it’s messy again within days. If this sounds like your life, it’s time to clear that clutter!
Work Room to Room
The main reason most of us put off a good decluttering is that it’s hugely overwhelming. And, it has to get worse before it gets better. Midway through a through declutter, you’ll have piles of stuff everywhere. This also means that once you’ve started, you have to finish the job.
So, don’t wildly rush in and try to do your whole house in one go. Work room at a time, finishing one before you start the next. Take your time and do it right.
Make it Fun
Tidying doesn’t have to be boring. Put on some music, have a drink, open some snacks and invite your friends over to help. Enjoy yourself, and it’ll pass much faster.
If you’ve not worn or used something for a year, you don’t need it. Don’t hold on to things because they might come in handy one day. Yes, they might, but if you’ve not needed them for this long, you’ll manage without.
Do it For Others
One of the best ways to motivate yourself is by using your declutter as a way to help others. Start work as a Habitat HM volunteer and donate anything that could help others. Take things to charity shops, or at the very least try to recycle anything that needs throwing away.
Make Some Cash
Another great motivator is helping yourself. If you are saving for something, use your declutter to top up your funds by selling unwanted goods online. As you clear, make piles “keep” “throw away” “donate” and “sell”.
Clutter can be stressful. A messy home can lead to a messy mind, and you may find it difficult to unwind and relax at the end of the day. When you’ve finished your first room, take a deep breath and look around. Relax, and enjoy your new space. Just think, soon your whole home will make you feel this good.
Try to have small declutters every few months, or at least once a year to keep on top of things. Don’t leave it until it’s stressing you out.