Declutter your Home
Clutter can cause Anxiety and can be a significant source of stress in our lives. Clutter bombards our minds with excessive stimuli (visual, olfactory, tactile), causing our senses to work overtime on stimuli that aren’t necessary or important. If you’re not taking care of the clutter in your home, you may not be taking care of yourself either.
Fortunately we have some great tips to declutter your home and take away all your worries. It just takes a little bit of hard work from you. Sorry !
1. Take 5 mins each day
The good news is that decluttering your home does not need to take you are day. You just need to spend abut 5 minutes a day and get some structure to your tasks. Sure 5 minutes won’t make a big dent in the mountain of clutter you may have, but at least you have made a start. Take 5 more minutes each day (or longer if you can) and you will eventually get through it. Just don’t give up.
2. Create a clutter free zone
What you want to do is clear one area. This is your no-clutter zone. It can be a cupboard, or your kitchen table, or the three-foot perimeter around your sofa. Wherever you start to declutter, make a rule: nothing can be placed there that’s not actually in use. Everything must be put away. Now, each day, slowly expand your no-clutter zone until it envelopes the whole house.
3. Visualise the cleared space
Spend a few minutes visualising the room. Take a moment to take a look at a room, and think about how you want it to look. What are the most essential pieces of furniture? What doesn’t belong in the room but has just appeared there? What is on the floor and what is on the other flat surfaces? Once you have visualised how the room will look uncluttered, and figured out what is essential, get rid of the rest.
4. Create a pile for the Charity shop
As you declutter, why not create a pile of unwanted items that are good enough to be given to a local charity shop. Charity shops work because they can sell items with a second life. Feel good in yourself, you are helping a good cause AND the environment – re-use is even better than recycling. Use this website to find your local Charity shop.
5. Sell your unwanted items
Why not make a bit of extra pocket money and sell your unwanted items. There are many places to do this today including Facebook groups, Gumtree, Ebay, Preloved and many more. So get listing and shift your unwanted items out the door.
6. Put stuff out for the trash
So you have sorted out what you want to keep, give to the Charity Shop or sell on one of the online sites. The remaining items are usually trash. So don’t go putting them in a box or a drawer, be ruthless and put them in the bin. I know they cost money at some point in time, but if the Charity shop dont want them and you can’t sell them, there is no reason to hold on to them. PUT THEM IN THE BIN !
7. Pack away out-of-season clothes
You have different cloths for the different seasons of the year, but you don’t need to have them all stored in your wardrobe or drawers all year round. So start a declutter here by separating your cloths in to seasons and moving the unused items out and store them in your loft or basement. There a many storage options like vacuum pack for cloths or large plastic boxes with lids. So there is no excuse to not put these away.
8. Remove any unnecessary furniture
To make your home look as clutter-free as possible, take a look at what unnecessary furniture you have and decide if you really need it. Freeing up floor space is a great way to make a room look and feel bigger. Again your local Charity shop or Second hand store may welcome your unwanted furniture.
9. Have a Car boot Sale
Car boot sales are popular in the United Kingdom, where they are often referred to simply as “Car boots“. Type the word “car boot near me” into Google and you should be able to find a local car boot sale going on near you. Car boot sales or boot fairs are a form of market in which private individuals come together to sell household and garden goods. So these are a good place to get rid of any of your unwanted items. Car boots allow you to sell a large variety of items and its another good way to recycle things instead of them going to landfill.
10. Rent additional storage space
If you have items that you cannot bear to part with or are too large to store in your house, you might choose to rent some additional storage space at one of the local self store buildings. Self store units allow you to rent a space that fits your requirements. You pay on a weekly basis for the size of space you require. Companies like Safestore offer secure locations that have prearranged accessiblity 24 hours a day.
11. Get Cleaning
Now the clutter has gone, give the house a thorough clean with our steps below:
a. Clean all the surfaces in the home, including out-of-reach places, such as the tops of shelves and wardrobes. Remember to clean any TVs and mirrors you have in the room too.
b. Empty and clean inside your wardrobe, dresser, all drawers, and storage units. Once clean, place items back inside and neatly organise them.
c. Wash your bedding at 60 degrees to kill bacteria, including the mattress cover, pillow cases and bed sheets.
d. Get your pillows and duvets dry cleaned – try and do this at least once a year to make sure they are in top condition. If your washing machine drum is large enough, you can wash them at home.
e. Clean your mattress or replace it completely. Mould spores and bacteria build up over the years so you should vacuum your mattress regularly, and you can also flip it over now and again. The recommended time to replace your mattress is every eight years.
f. Vacuum your carpet, curtains and rug – include the hidden and forgotten areas, such as under the bed and other pieces of furniture. Read this helpful guide on cleaning your rug here.
12. Get Clever with Storage
There are many clever storage units on the market today. Here are a few of our favourites, courtesy of Pinterest.
13. Watch how the Professionals tidy up
Need some inspiration and maybe professional help and advise, then there are many experts out there ready to help you. Here are just a few…
Marie Kondo, otherwise known as Konmari, is a Japanese organising consultant and author who has written 4 books including “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying” Marie also has successful series on Netflix called “Tidying up”
Lizzie Grant is a Professional declutter and she will come to your home to help. Lizzie charges about £45 per hour per session, with each session a minimum of three hours long. Her website Simplify Stuff offers various services, for example reducing paperwork and wardrobe transformation. She was recently featured on the BBC and you can check out her story below in this video.
The APDO or Association of Professional Declutterers & Organisers are an register organisation that specialise in the help of people with serious clutter issues
APDO members are all accredited and offer a range of decluttering services but differ in terms of professional background, expertise, approach and services offered. Here is a video from Youtube with Money making expert Jasmine Birtles interviewing Katherine Blackler, Head of Partnership Liaison at the Association for Professional Declutterers and Organisers (APDO) on behalf of Clear Your Clutter Day 2017 explaining what the APDO do.
They have local experts in many types of clutter which you can discuss your issue with. Their website allows you to search for a local expert online. https://www.apdo.co.uk/find-an-organiser/