Clearing away clutter and keeping a tidy home may seem like an ambitious challenge, however having a home that is tidy and organised is essential in creating a sense of well-being.
An organised home will not only help to decrease stress levels, it also encourages motivation and productivity.
De-cluttering your home can be an incredibly liberating experience. It will leave you feeling like a load has been physically lifted and nothing beats that sense of achievement once a big task has finally been checked off the list! Certainly the beginning of that de-cluttering journey can seem a little overwhelming. So we’ve pulled together some ideas to help get things started so that your home is looking de-cluttered and tip-top in no time.
Your Date With De-Clutter
Many of us procrastinate when something really important needs to be done but seems like too much of a challenge. Quite often we build things up in our mind to be worse than they actually are.
It always seems impossible until it's done | Nelson Mandela
Mark a de-clutter date in your diary and stick to it. Plan in advance how you will go about de-cluttering (the ideas here are designed to help you do just that) and don’t defer – the sooner you de-clutter the sooner you can really enjoy your space!
Deciding Which Items to Depart With
Ask yourself What are you really using in your home? What do you really need? What is really cluttering your space? Be brave, be honest, be ruthless! Simply decluttering can be a huge step in rejuvenating up your home. Many people accumulate objects and items over their lifetime, only to question why they’ve held onto them for so many years. If this happens to you, now is the time to donate those items or clothes to the needy and start the year off with a clean, tidy home.
De-Cluttering Items of Sentimental Value
This is a sensitive one – how do you de-clutter your home of sentimental items? Things you cherish – or thought you cherished? The last thing you want to do is sell or throw out items of significant personal value, but sometimes this value can get confused along the way. Pick up the item and ask yourself the following questions.
Why is this important to me?
What does it signify?
Is it genuinely of emotional value to me?
Did it mean something more during another period of my life, but now days no longer has the same value or importance?
Answers to this question can help decide whether or not an item is truly of sentimental value and whether or not it is actually just cluttering your home.
Areas to Attack
Wardrobes and drawers are an excellent starting point – so many of us throw items in these areas to avoid outside clutter, which in fact over time creates a clutter-full cupboard!
That third drawer down is an excellent example – is it really brimming with essential household items, or has it become a bit of a clutter zone? Take everything out and, if it’s been used in the last six months, put it back again. If it hasn’t, set it aside and give it to charity. Once you’ve done this with every room in the house, you’re likely to be shocked at just how much de-cluttering has occurred and how brimming those charity bags have become. Bag It, Bottle It, Shelve It… De-Clutter It!
If your wardrobe seems to no longer meet your needs try introducing some clever wardrobe storage insets. Adding a set of internal drawers, shelves, shoes racks or baskets can make a big difference and may be all that you need to make better use of the available space.
De-Clutter with Storage Solutions
Introducing clever storage solutions is the key to combating clutter! Most of us have in our home items that are functional and required for day-to-day living, items that have sentimental value, items that are aesthetically driven and there to bring us pleasure, and then there’s the items that just seem to hang around. It is these last items which over time essentially become the low-hanging de-clutter fruit.
For more special, necessary, or must-keep items, we suggest investing in storage at the beginning of each year. This will free your home from unnecessary clutter and allow you to move around your home freely and stress-free. Basket, trunks, cupboards, bookcases and shelves are all excellent investment pieces for organising your belongings, or even for hiding unsightly objects.
Look at using these storage solutions in clever spots such as drawers under the bed, or shelves behind the stairwell. These out-of-sight places provide simple and easy ways to de-clutter instantly.
De-Clutter with Multi-functional Furniture
Whilst you’re on House of Home you may well come across furniture ideas that will help even further with the de-cluttering process.
Multi-purpose furniture is a great space saver, and a terrific way to de-clutter. Consider the lounge room – why have a couch if you can have a sofa bed? This way you have that spare guest bed nicely tucked away, but used as an everyday couch in the meantime.
Kids’ rooms can be great spaces for multi-purpose furniture as well – for instance a bunk bed that also serves as a work desk and shelving unit can be an incredibly efficient use of space as well as an easy way to de-clutter.
De-Clutter By Selling Online
If you have a penchant for collecting furniture and homewares like some people collect clothes, then the best way to de-clutter and create some serious space is to simply sell it online. Hello, House of Home! We make it so easy and fast to sell your furniture, homewares and antiques so you can quickly de-clutter your home, and make some money in the process! Visit House of Home to see just how simple it is to list your furniture, homewares or antiques.
We hope these de-clutter ideas lead you to enjoying your place, and your space, so much more!