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.
Decluttering 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 decluttering journey can seem a little overwhelming but an organised home not only helps to decrease stress levels, it also encourages motivation and productivity!
The time is now, no more procrastinating! Don't worry you're not alone, to assist you we’ve pulled together some ideas to help get things started so that your home is looking decluttered and tip-top in no time.
Our guide below takes you through all the steps needed to conquer your mess pile:
Your Date With Declutter
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 declutter date in your diary and stick to it. Plan in advance how you will go about decluttering (the ideas here are designed to help you do just that) and don’t defer – the sooner you declutter the sooner you can really enjoy your space!
How to Decide 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.
Decluttering Items of Sentimental Value
This is a sensitive one – how do you declutter 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?
Answering these questions 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 decluttering has occurred and how brimming those charity bags have become. Bag It, Bottle It, Shelve It… Declutter 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.
Declutter 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 declutter 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. Baskets, boxes or trunks, cupboards or cabinets, 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 declutter instantly.
Often mess just accumulates simply by not having enough storage space. Perhaps all your home needs is a couple of additional pieces to house those odds and ends. Be it an extra place to store clothes or shoes, the items below can be of assistance. Opting for a bed with storage won't take up any additional floor space but is a great place for hiding spare sheets and towels.
Declutter 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 decluttering process. For example, imagine only needing one item of furniture that can act as a desk, a console and a dining table. Keen to find our more? Visit our article Small Dining Room Ideas.
Multi-purpose furniture is a great space saver, and a terrific way to declutter. 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 declutter.
Don't have extra space for a guest room? A sofa bed is just the ticket. Sofa beds offer so much flexibility in terms of being able to create a multi-purpose space. Want to learn more about space saving with sofa beds? You might like our article Guest Room Ideas for Small Spaces.
Bunk beds are universal and offer so much design flexibility. They can easily adapt to any sized bedroom and are an excellent space saving solution that can transform effortlessly to a child's changing needs.
To discover all the advantages of bunk beds check out our article Different Types of Bunk Beds.
Decluttering By Selling Online
If you have a penchant for collecting furniture and homewares like some people collect clothes, then the best way to declutter 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 declutter 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 declutter ideas lead you to enjoying your place, and your space, so much more!
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