How To Declutter Your Home

Your home should be a space that you can enjoy, relax in, and an environment that supports your wellbeing.  A disorganised and untidy home can deplete your energy levels and a mess can leave you feeling stressed. If things are chaotic at home, then the chances are that you are not taking care of yourself either. Getting rid of any unnecessary clutter and getting organised will leave you feeling happier and more in control.  Decluttering will give you space in your life and bring calmness to the mind too.  Follow these top tips for a clutter proof and stress free home, helping you to create an organised and well environment that you can relax in.

1. Why all the clutter?

First of all you need you need to identify your weak spot.  Ask yourself why you have too much stuff.  Are you hoarder?  Do you buy double of everything?  Saving something for the future ‘in case you need it again?’  Does an item have sentimental value?  Be honest with yourself so that you can take action and start the decluttering process.  Only keep items that are adding value to your life.

2.  Break it down into chunks

If your whole house needs decluttering, it can feel like a huge job and be overwhelming. Tackle it by doing one room at a time and start with the space that is the biggest priority/mess. Estimate how much time it will take you and set aside time in your diary so that you will commit to it. You can break each room down into manageable chunks by sorting one wardrobe/set of drawers/cupboard at a time. Once completed, take a moment to review your new tidy space and feel a sense of accomplishment.

3.  Clothing and footwear

Take a good look at what you have in your wardrobe and review how many items of clothing and shoes/trainers you have.  Do you really need all of that stuff?  There are only 7 days in a week, so how much of this stuff do you actually wear?  We generally only wear 20% of the clothes we own 80% of the time.  If you haven’t used something or worn an item of clothing over the last year, then it is time to get rid of it! Also get rid of anything that no longer fits. You could do a good deed by donating unwanted items to your local charity shop.

4.  Getting organised

Create 2 piles of things that you want to keep and things that you want to get rid of.   Use storage boxes, plastic containers and drawer organisers to maximise space for storing smaller items and keeping items together.  Review the amount of objects and items you have in each room and if some of these things can be removed to create more space.

Marie Kondo

About the Author

Written by Maria Mander, Wellbeing Consultant. For further support on organising your home contact www.manderwellbeing.com

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