We’ve all seen those rooms. The tidy, minimalistic rooms that are just to die for! But getting to that stage can be a pain as you might not know where to start. If you’re looking to get to that place yourself, then let us help you!
No matter how big or small your room is, our guide below will not only be relevant but is sure to have a few tips & tricks you’ve never heard of.
Reasons To De-Clutter
Decluttering your home can return a tremendous amount of benefits, here are a few that stand out to us:
Hoarding can be unhealthy
De-cluttering your home can keep your mind at peace. A cluttered home means a cluttered mind after all. If you have clutter in your office, for example, you may not be able to work as effectively or efficiently as you’d want to. Keeping that room clear can keep you free from distraction and discomfort while trying to stay productive.
Impress your guests
A De-cluttered home will make your home seem more welcomingly and well, “homely”. You might have friends coming over, or perhaps even your boss! You want to make sure they don’t have any negative comments and are free to move in your home. Doing so will make their stay more enjoyable and avoid the potential embarrassment of being known as someone who has a cluttered-home.
With the above in mind, keeping your home in a constant free-from-clutter state will allow you to invite people over more often, without any worry.
Your own reasons
More importantly than anything on this list is your own reasons. Write down your reasons to de-clutter and pin them up somewhere to constantly remind you why you’re doing this, as sometimes de-cluttering can be a really tedious task.
Important Factors To Note
So you’ve cleared the first step, you’ve got the idea in your mind that you want to de-clutter your home, just remember the below points whilst doing so.
The Planning Stage is Key
“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail”- Benjamin Franklin.
Planning is important, once you’ve got the motivation to de-clutter, make sure to draft yourself out a plan. It doesn’t have to be a detailed one, just one that you’re happy with and you know you can stick to. Putting in a schedule can boost your motivation, and ensure you stick to what you say!
An example could be to plan out what type of clutter you want to address first, which could be family clothes or decorations. Your plan could also consist of what rooms to de-clutter on what days of the week.
Patience is key in the de-cluttering process, if you give up early you’ll never get anywhere! Make sure to keep on-track throughout your journey and look forward to the reward at the end of it. Keep that chin up and be ready for de-cluttering! Baby steps will lead to much bigger improvements in the long run.
During most cleaning/tidying ventures the average person is bound to get bored. To counter this, keep it interesting, make games for yourself or your friends when it starts to get tedious! Remember, if it’s fun it won’t seem like such a hassle.
A great example could be to set a timer for 5 minutes, and see how much of a specific room you can address before the timer runs out. You could even challenge your husband or wife to see who can clear the most first!
Whilst in this process, it’s important to not give up before you start, keep committed and plow through your daily tasks as you’ll be rewarded at the end with a much more beautiful home.
Be Relentless With Your Belongings
We all have those items we just can’t chuck away. But to achieve a tidy looking home, we’ll need to be relentless and set aside our nostalgic feelings toward them. Unable to bare without some items? Then check our points below for ways to get around this.
Asking yourself the real questions
One of the major issues of de-cluttering a home is not being able to get over the nostalgia you have for some items. Had that slightly broken coffee mug for years? Or potentially you’ve got some old mobile phones you just can’t bare without. Then you need to ask yourself, do you use this? Does having this still benefit you in any way? If not, then it might be worth reconsidering if it’s worth keeping.
Categorise your belongings
Organizing your items can give you an entirely new outlook on them. We skimmed over this above, but this tip is to list your items into 3 categories, “Keep”, “Give Away”, “Throw”. Meaning that you can organized while de-cluttering, and come back to these boxes and really think about what items are actually worth keeping.
Use the 3-month rule
The 3-month rule is a great way to filter through items you may want to keep. If this item has a use (so not souvenirs or pictures etc), then ask yourself if you’ve used or even looked at this item int he last 3 months? If no, then put in a box labelled “not used in 3 months”, once you’re done with the de-cluttering, take a look at the box again and see if your opinion changes.
Pass it on
So another way to get shut of some items you can’t bare to part with is to simply pass it on. Giving an item to charity has a much better feeling than just sticking in your trash can. Meaning that the item can still get used from someone who may not be as well off as you, and enabling you to pass down the item, without worrying about it just being thrown away.
De-cluttering a home can be a very tedious task, but can counter this through many methods. Check out our list below for some great ideas on how to do so.
An item a day keeps the clutter away
Challenge yourself, to throw (or pass on) one item a day. The process will be a bit slower by doing this, but it means you stay on track and don’t have to spend too-long focusing on a bit de-cluttering session. Stick to this one rule and within a week or two you’ll find your home a much better place to live in.
One trash bag a day.
If you want to go even further, then challenge yourself to fill one trash bag a day, doing so will reward you with a clean home in a much shorter space of item.
5 Minutes a day
If you’d rather not measure using the quantity of items, then simply allocate five minutes of the day to slowly chip away at de-cluttering your home. This means that things get done slowly, but it’s not-so-hard to get started.
De-cluttering those rooms
To give you an idea of what you might want to look for when decluttering your home, you can find some examples below for different rooms in your home:
Shampoo / Soaps
Now my household is famous for hoarding up different types of shampoos and body wash, especially ones my girlfriend keeps bringing in! Take a look to see how empty the bottle is, and make it your next priority to finish that off, and only stock up on more once that bottle is almost depleted. If you don’t want to go so long, keep the limit at two bottles, and throw out the rest!
That being said, if you have some moisturizer you haven’t used in a good few years, get your trash can ready! Remember, we have to be ruthless!
Now, do you really need all those towels in your bathroom? Keep count of how many people in your family there are and stick to the rule. One in the cupboard, one in the wash and the other one at the ready for your next grooming session!
Check that bookshelf! There could be items you haven’t used or even thought about in years ready for their new life at the dump. If you don’t want to just get rid of your old DVDs or books, then consider pawning them off. There are plenty of websites around where you can even check the value of your items, and get paid to send them off.
Check the drawers
If you have drawers in your living room, then just check them one at a time, there is plenty of storage capability in your draws, and cleaning them out one by one can really help with saving space for more important items.
At my home, we used to have a blender which wasn’t used for years and was just tucked away in a cupboard, check all closest/cupboards for items that you haven’t used in awhile, or perhaps are even broken. You might also be able to sell these items if they are still working.
While we’re on this subject, if you are in the market for a new appliance, check out our latest articles to see what we recommend for your home!T
Tupperware / food containers
These are a nightmare, and very easy to hoard. If you’ve eaten anything which comes with a “free” food container, then consider chucking this away, especially if you don’t even eat at work or out.
With the above, I also mean old lunch boxes, if your kids have grown up and you still own their old lunch boxes, I’m sure they won’t miss them if you threw them out!
Scanning old files
If you’re managing your life through paper documents, then rather storing these files into box files or cabinets. To solve this, simply scan them and store them on a service such as Google Drive, it means they’re backed up and easy to get to in future as you can search/categorise them as you like. If you don’t have a scanner, then consider taking a picture instead! Not only will you make your filing much more efficient, take up less space and you’ll be saving the planet while doing it!
With the above point in mind, one way to prevent a lot of paper-waste clogging up your home is to switch to digital alerts/notifications with your bank and other types of services. Thus drastically reducing the number of letters that arrive through your door.
Preventing A Cluttered Home In Future
Changing your habits
This can be a difficult task, but the one full-proof way to keep a de-cluttered home is to change your habits to align with that goal. When you go out to the store, do you really need everything you buy? Really need it? For example; any DVDs/Books can be replaced with digital media. Are you doing to use that moisturizer? Asking yourself these questions before you buy can really save you the hassle of getting rid of them later.
One great habit I’ve gotten into is if I enter a room, I remove one item that isn’t required. Meaning if I go into the bathroom, I’ll chuck out any shampoos that aren’t needed, when I go into my office I’ll remove a few old letters that I’ve kept on my desk. With this, you can slowly, but surely keep your home decluttered.
There are many other habits you can pick up to help yourself with this overall goal, most of which you can find online.
Whether you’ve just spent 1 hour or 5 minutes on de-cluttering your home, it’s important to feel some accomplishment and satisfaction to boost our motivation levels, so remember to keep your head high and carry on while working through your belongings!
One way to “train” yourself to keep up with decluttering, is to simply reward yourself once it’s done. This will get you into the habit of clearing your home and looking forward to a something at the end of it. Treat yourself to a meal, or go on a weekend adventure! If you don’t want to spend some money, you can also grab a coffee, and sit in your de-cluttered home, basking in its glory.
So there we have it, some tips and tricks to de-cluttering your home!
We all know it’s a pain. But at the end of the day, a de-cluttered home is a beautiful, and lovely thing to live in and come home to after a long day with the kids/work. I hope this guide will assist you in that vision of having a de-cluttered home, even if it’s just a little.