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Decluttering Tips and Tricks – Simple Guide!

Today I will be talking you through decluttering tips and tricks.

Modern life is busy. Or at least it has been until the last few weeks. Does your diary typically brim with appointments? Does your smartphone ping every few minutes with app notifications? Are your cupboards overflowing with stuff?

As the world slows down as a result of the Coronavirus, now is the ideal opportunity to take stock of what really matters.

Most of us are guilty of owning too many unnecessary belongings. As our homes creak under the weight of more inessential objects, clothes and clutter, it’s easy to see how the bustle of modern living has creeped into our home life. What many of us don’t realise is too much chaos and clutter can take a toll on both your physical and mental health. In fact, studies have found a link between people who live with clutter and higher levels of stress. Those who live with clutter are at greater risk of suffering depression.

If you want to improve your quality of life, have more energy and worry less, then the best way to start is by decluttering. And there’s never been a better time.

 

 

The benefits of decluttering

If you’re overwhelmed by the clutter and/or constantly looking after your stuff (picking it up, moving and cleaning it) then your home is probably feeling more of a burden than a joy.

There are so many benefits to decluttering your home. Clearing you clutter will lighten your heart and mind and create more time and space for you to do other things.

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Decluttering your home is just the first step to being able to simplify your life!

Here are just a few of the benefits you could start to enjoy:

  • More focus on what’s important: If you declutter your home, you’ll be removing all the stuff that you and your family don’t use, no longer need and get no enjoyment from.
  • More space: When you declutter your home, you end up with less stuff generally. It’s easier to look after what you’ve got left.
  • Easier to maintain: As it’s easier, it’s also quicker! Tidying the home and keeping it clean takes less time.
  • More freedom: Less time spent doing chores and looking after your home and the stuff in it, means you’ve got more time for other things which you WANT to do.
  • More time for what’s important: More time for being with your kids, your family, by yourself.
  • More energy: You’ll also have more energy to do other things because you won’t be worn out from playing catch-up with the housework, that constant battle against the toys or the dirty dishes and laundry piles that you’re sorting every evening.

 

Decluttering Tips and Tricks

Decluttering your home not only makes it easier to organise your possessions, the space feels calmer and more of a sanctuary, plus it is easier to clean. You also save time and money by knowing exactly what you own and where to find it. Once clutter is cleared, it leaves room for creativity so you could feel motivated to start new projects and achieve goals.

If you’re struggling and need guidance on how to declutter, you’ll need to get creative with your plans. Here are several interesting decluttering tips and tricks to get you started on decluttering your home:

 

Think about your overall goal

Decluttering is often associated with minimalism – owning as few things as possible. While minimalism can be a great lifestyle choice, others enjoy owning more items and derive pleasure and joy from their possessions.

Before you start decluttering your house, decide what you want the end product to look like, so you don’t get rid of too much or too little.

 

Have a plan of attack

Don’t try to declutter your whole home in a week – you’ll exhaust and overwhelm yourself. Declutter in bite-size chunks of between 30 minutes and a couple of hours.

Divide a room into quadrants or focus on contained spaces such as a drawer, cupboard or shelf. Arm yourself with paper and a pen to make notes of ‘actions’ and designate rubbish, recycling and donation bags.

 

Start with ‘storage’ areas

Lofts, basements and garages are prime locations to stash something quickly to avoid dealing with it. If you’re serious about having a clear out, start with these areas first and then you’ll have enough space to store things that you actually need.

 

Break up the work

Decluttering is a big job, and setting out to tackle your entire house can leave you feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, or confused about where to start. Instead, break your goal into smaller goals that will help you achieve a sense of accomplishment along the way.

A great way to tackle the decluttering process is by making a list of your rooms and the order you want to work on them (for instance, your closet, your medicine cabinet, or your basement).

You can also list items by group and sort through them based on their grouping (for instance, your books, clothes, or knick-knacks).

Choose the first room or group of items you want to declutter and start small (think a shelf or a drawer).

 

Don’t over attach

Remember that memories aren’t in ‘things‘, they are inside us instead. Of course, it is important to keep possessions which remind you of a loved one or a particular experience, but you don’t need 50 of such things?

Taking a photo can help you hold on to the special memories or meanings attached to objects without taking up much space at all – you’d be surprised at how much satisfaction you can get from a two-dimensional reproduction.

 

Separate donations and rubbish

Before you start going through your things, set up a system where you have a clear place for items that you’re going to give away to a second-hand store and a rubbish bag for items you’re going to throw away.

Using this method allows you to organize as you go. It’s also a good idea to set up bins for current projects you’re working on, or for items you need to return to someone else.

 

Don’t worry about the price

You may find yourself looking at a lightly-used piece of furniture and thinking about how much you paid for it.

The price you paid for the item is a “sunk cost”- you’ve already paid the price for it, and keeping it around (or paying to repair it if it’s showing wear) won’t necessarily add more value to your life.

When deciding whether to keep something or get rid of it, release yourself from thinking about previous costs and encourage yourself to think only about the present and future – consider if keeping the item will positively impact your life.

If it doesn’t, it’s time to let it go, whether you want to sell it or donate it.

 

Get rid of duplicates

If you discover that you own multiples of the same item – for example, four different can openers- ask yourself if you need all of these items.

Did you buy a second one because you couldn’t find the first one?

If so, resolve to keep one in a convenient place and donate or sell the rest.

 

Pay special attention to surfaces

Flat open surfaces like coffee tables, countertops, home office desks, nightstands, laundry room counters, and even the tops of kitchen cabinets can be magnets for junk piling up – it’s easy to use them as storage spaces for everything from keys to rubbish to coins to old appliances.

If you’re noticing a lot of clutter on your flat surfaces, think of a way to organize your habits – for instance, placing a small, attractive “junk box” on your kitchen counter where you can throw your keys, wallet, and other smaller items when you come into the house.

 

Make your storage spaces beautiful

If you spend a ton of time meticulously reorganizing and decluttering your home only to store everything in unsightly cardboard boxes or shoe boxes, you may end up feeling like your house doesn’t look any neater.

When you start a decluttering project, get creative about your space and think of storage solutions to organise the items you’ll have left.

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Are there more attractive storage bins you can use for your items? Can you add shower rods or a clothes rack and hangers near the entryway to hang coats?

Can you add a bookshelf or cubby set up for shoes, kitchen items, books, or papers? Install DIY shelving on the wall to keep things from piling up on the counter? Add hooks to your closet wall to store items like purses and jewellery.

 

 

Set up natural declutterers

If you notice a “problem area” where more clutter than average accumulates, think of ways to avoid that build-up in the future.

Do you have a bad habit of letting junk mail pile up on the coffee table or kitchen counter? Set up a recycling bin right next to where you look at your mail, so you’ll naturally toss the junk before it has a chance to pile up.

 

Declutter regularly

Clutter will start to accumulate, even for vigilant homeowners who are consistently tidying up.

Rather than letting the clutter frustrate you, accept that it’s normal – and commit to occasional “mini-declutterings” and clean-ups (whether that’s once a month or once a year) to keep a mess-free home.

 

Less is more

Take a good look at the furniture in your home. Does it fit properly or would you be better off with more space?

It’s easy to acquire excess furniture and then procrastinate over the decision to let it go. The British Heart Foundation offer a free collection service for your unwanted furniture.

 

Ask for help

Sometimes the task of tackling decluttering on your own can feel overwhelming. Get family and friends involved to make it more enjoyable or enlist the help of a professional – they have the experience and ideas to help you make the most out of the space you have, the expertise to advise you on what to do with unwanted possessions and they can teach you to maintain the changes for good.

You can find an accredited professional in your area through APDO (Association of Professional Declutterers & Organisers).

 

Decluttering Tips and Tricks – Final thought

So, what do you think? Are you ready to give your home the decluttering it deserves? Trust me when I say this will change your life! Less belongings mean less things to clean, organize, and put away all of the time.

I don’t know about you, but that is a huge win in my book! There’s so much less stress in a clutter free home.

Keeping a small home decluttered is absolutely essential. Clutter adds up so quickly! And by keeping your home decluttered is how you keep your home looking nice and sanity intact.

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12 Habits of People Who Always Have Clean Homes

Do you find yourself feigning excuses for why your friend can’t pop up to your place to use the loo before a film?

Ever turn beetroot red with embarrassment when unexpected guests enter your home? It sounds like you have a messy house.

Imagine how much more enjoyable life would be if you were one of those perpetually tidy people whose homes could be company-ready with 15 minutes’ notice.

We wanted to turn our clean fantasies into a reality, so we researched the daily habits of people with clean houses — note the word “habits.”

What we learned is that it takes more than a few deep cleanings to achieve this status of cleaning goddess/god.

It takes daily work and preparation to keep your house in a constant state of near perfection.

 

 

Why should you form daily habits for a clean home?

You want to make it a habit because decluttering only once in a while will not keep your home tidy.

Keeping your home tidy should be an ongoing daily process.

Making it a daily habit works, because we want our homes to always look tidy, not once in a month when you do the purging.

Implement daily habits saves you time and effort in the long run.

What are the benefits of having a clutter-free home?

  • Living in a clean home reduces stress for you and your family
  • More focus and concentration for all (proven by research)
  • Reduces workload because you don’t have to do it all at once “later
  • Saves time because you no longer have to look for lost items
  • Saves money by not buying unnecessary items because you start to become aware of the clutter it can cause

I hope I have convinced you that daily decluttering is not hard and in fact really beneficial

Read on to discover the 12 habits of people who always have clean homes, and how you can adopt them to get out of the disaster zone you’ve been living in.

 

12 Habits of People Who Always Have Clean Homes

Start by making the bed

I know some people think that making the bed is a waste of time, but it really makes a big difference in how tidy the room looks and only takes a couple of minutes.

Plus, I think it starts off the day well, and I love climbing into a made bed at the end of the day.

To make things easier, simplify your bedding as much as possible. We ended up cutting out our top sheets (as they always just ended up in a big puddle at the end of the bed anyways) and just use a duvet and washable cover.

If you love your top sheets though, you can look at minimising the number of pillows on your bed or using a large enough comforter or duvet that you don’t need to tuck in your sheets.

 

They’re constantly offloading clutter

Clutter is like a magnet, clutter attracts clutter,” says Amy Revell and Kirsty Farrugia, hosts of The Art of Decluttering podcast, and founder of the professional home organisation service of the same name.

A home that has less stuff is so much easier to keep tidy,” says Amy and Kirsty. “Each day consider what items you no longer need that could leave your home.”

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There are plenty decluttering methods out there – from the quasi-spiritual KonMari method to the everyday, practical approach taken by Amy and Kirsty.

Listen to their podcast on Acast to discover solutions to real-world sources of clutter including sentimental papers, sports equipment, Tupperware and more.

 

They don’t shove things into a junk drawer of cupboard

So, you’ve done a quick clean-up, only to blink your eyes and find that your home is again in a state of ruin.

Jo Carmichael, professional organiser and founder of All Sorted Out says hurried, ad hoc tidy-ups just don’t work.

What often happens with the ‘fast clean” scenario is that the items strewn around on furniture and the floor are simply shoved into a wardrobe or drawer, she says. “It quickly tumbles back into an unrecognisable pile of clutter once the family returns home and starts living.”

 

They store like with ‘like’

The solution is to seek out spaces where clutter hides and start storing like with like.

Keeping like with like, means it’s easier to put things away and find them, because t-shirts are together – not mixed up with jeans or socks.

This will allow you to get ready quicker, and put your hands on the item you need without having to look twice.

 

Clean the shower while you’re in it

One handy tip is to give the shower a little scrub while you’re already showering.

It can be a huge pain to scrub down all of the soap scum at once, so why not do a quick once-over of the shower walls and floor while you’re rinsing your hair?

Top Tip:

One of the best products for keeping the shower clean is natural dish soap because it is designed to fight grease—which is mostly what’s in the soap scum lining your shower walls!

 

 

Clean as you cook

This is the best way to avoid a massive headache at the end of a meal, which you know you’re going to want to walk away and leave until tomorrow.

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Even if you need to keep both eyes on the burners, at least wash any easy dishes and utensils, and fill up your sink to help soak those greasy pots and pans.

Before you go to bed, start the dishwasher (if you have one that is), so you can empty it first thing in the morning, freeing up dishwasher space for when you cook again next! It’s all about the habit!

 

Keep surfaces clear

Flat surfaces collect clutter like none other. Flat surfaces are also what you see as you scan the room, so when you have clutter on flat surfaces, it seems like every space in your home is cluttered.

The more you can keep tables, floors, beds, and countertops clear, the cleaner and more spacious these areas feel.

The biggest clutter culprit is paper, so don’t let it pile up. Recycle unnecessary mail the minute it comes in and create a filing system for the rest of your important documents and to-do reminders.

 

Keep cleaning supplies handy where you use them

Keep small batches of needed cleaning supplies in key places around the home (kitchen, bathrooms, and cleaning closets) to give yourself more opportunities to find what you need.

A spray bottle of all-purpose cleaner and a stack of cleaning cloths under all of your sinks could be the difference between quickly wiping up a little spot or spill, and forgetting about it until the next time you have to deep-clean the house. This will save you lots of time in the end.

 

Wipe it down before you walk away

A quick wipe down can do wonders. If you wipe down the surface you’ve used after each use, you’ll keep counters and glass surfaces clean and ready to be used each time.

From wiping down your glass shower door to swiping your sink after washing the dishes, a quick clean can prevent grime build up and keep your surfaces spotless.

 

Tackle a load of laundry/washing each day

Avoid overflowing hampers by giving your washer a work out each day. It’s an unavoidable task (keeping your family clothed is kind of necessary), so if you do it on a consistent basis, it won’t pile up and take over your entire Sunday.

 

Clean your fridge on a weekly basis

Seeing some scary goop under your groceries in the corner of your fridge? You’re not doing it right.

Give your refrigerator a weekly refresh. Not only will cleaning your fridge help you keep things spick-and-span, but it will also help you create an accurate list of what you need on your next run to the store.

 

Finish the day with a 10-minute tidying session

For all of those things that got left behind, make a nightly pick-up part of your routine.

Set aside just 10 to 15 minutes every night—put on music if it makes the process more fun—and return everything to its “home, or designated spot”, from toys to magazines.

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If you have a few minutes left over, run a cleaning cloth over counters, or do a quick sweep, devoting five minutes to a different area every night.

One of the best things to wake up to in the morning is a clean home.

 

12 Habits of People Who Always Have Clean Homes – Final thought

Most of these habits are super quick actions that take less than a minute or two.

When you master these habits, your home will become tidy and clutter-free.

But don’t be too hard on yourself. Remember, habit change takes time. So, give yourself time to adopt these habits one or two at a time.

Go make your habit reminder notes right away and get started today!

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