Decluttering has been a buzz word for years to denote the clean and organised lives we should be living. Have you managed to master it yet?

Throughout life, you may find yourself as the owner of far too much stuff. But don’t feel guilty, it happens to the best of us. Over the years, we just seem to accumulate more and more, without really thinking about declutttering and throwing out what’s no longer needed.

And when you love your home, this can become a bit of a problem. Because after awhile, you realize that you are running out of room and your home is starting to feel cluttered.

So, your next step is decluttering. If the idea frightens you a little, fear not. This is a practical field guide for getting through it with ease.



Decluttering That’s Not As Scary As You Think

Start Small

If you are daunted by the idea of having to start such a mammoth decluttering task, try not to be. It’s bound to frighten you when you’ve not thrown anything out in what could even be years.

But if you want to enjoy the benefits of a home cleanse, you have to start somewhere. Our suggestions? Start small. You don’t want to tackle the biggest job first and frighten yourself off.

Instead, start by decluttering only one room at a time; ticking off one space before you start on the next. Although some rooms will overlap, you need to have some kind of organization system in place. So why not start with a small cupboard, just to get a feel for what’s to come.

Grab three large garbage bags and assign them; one for keep, one for donate, one for rubbish.



Be Brutal

However, just because you’re starting small doesn’t mean that you can take it easy. You have to be brutal when decluttering.

In order for it to be effective, and for your time to be put to good use, you have to actually throw a lot out or give it to charity. If you’ve not used it in months, it’s got to go. And if it’s been years, you know the drill!

If you haven’t used it, worn it, ever liked it, it doesn’t fit, it’s broken (no, you’re NOT going to get it fixed), it can easily be replaced, it’s old and daggy (especially clothing),or doesn’t work with your decor then donate it or toss it.



Be Practical

Next, you need to be practical. This isn’t the same as being brutal, but more a realistic approach to the decluttering process. Although you need to be brutal, don’t clear out the things that you need – or may realistically need in the future.

At the same time, you really do need to throw things out that you don’t need, or never will. You should feel as if everything you have serves a purpose.



Clear Out Cleverly

When you get really into the decluttering process, you’re going to realize that the house is more of a mess than when you started.

That’s because you now have piles of rubbish everywhere. So you have to be smart before you get started. Not only should you reach out to a professional rubbish removal company for things you can’t give away, but you should read up on charity donations too.

Then, you can have bags ready to go to charity, and a skip out front for things that don’t cut it.



Focus On Storage

Then, you need to be able to ensure that the clutter doesn’t happen again in the future. To ensure that, you will need storage. There are lots of smart DIY storage solutions that you can work with to ensure that everything is kept neat, tidy, and together going forwards.

Embrace decluttering and live a less stressful and overwhelming home life.

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