In today’s post, I want to talk to you about easy ways that you can declutter your home. For some, decluttering comes naturally whilst to others, it can be a difficult process. I’ve designed this series to help those of you that are struggling. I have already spoken about 5 ways to declutter sustainably, how to organise your life using one simple app and how to keep your home organised. In these previous posts, I have talked about how you should slimline your home in order for you to be more organised. This doesn’t mean that you should become a minimalist overnight. It simply means that all of your belongings should have your own place within your home. That place does definitely not mean a corner of your room or tucked behind your sofa out of sight.
I have put together 5 tips that will hopefully help you to make some small changes within your home. Through this, I hope that it will give you more space and a relaxed mind.
5 per room rule
This is one of my favourite ways to declutter and I try to do it at least once a month. The idea is you pick a room within your home and you find 5 things that you can declutter. This doesn’t mean the empty toilet roll that has been left on the side. Instead, it means 5 things such as that body cream that you’ve been applying but you don’t really like. It could be that towel that has seen better days or those decorative items that are looking a bit tired. Once you have your 5 or more items, refer back to my declutter sustainably post for some inspiration of what you can do with them.
Declutter useless things
We have all been guilty of keeping that odd sock just in case its partner shows up. If its been hanging around for almost a month, the chances are you will never find the other one. Its time to get rid of it. The same goes for those old letters that you no longer need. You know exactly the ones I mean – the one that says the interest rest on your savings account is changing, but it was dated 5 years ago. The chances are its changed a lot more since then. With internet banking, you can have all of that information at your fingertips in minutes. Old letters take up a large part of clutter in many homes. If there are some you aren’t sure about, either file them neatly to review in 6 months or take a photo of the letter for future reference.
Declutter things that don’t fit
I’m sure I’m not the only one who has kept something, just in case I loose weight and fit into it. I used to have this amazing dress which was a size 8 that I was dying to wear. The only trouble was I was a 10-12 at the time and each time I thought about it, I felt sad. I ended up selling it on to a new home and instead found something I felt comfortable in. If you have items of clothing like this, why torture yourself? Get rid of them and find something that you feel a million dollars in. Life is too short to squeeze into tight and uncomfortable clothes, 2020 taught us that.
Broken & can’t be fixed?
If you take a good look around your home, I’m sure you will find several things that come under this category. I’ve been guilty of shoving something in a drawer when its broken, with the idea of taking another look at it when I’ve got time. The trouble is that we rarely have the time or we have already bought a replacement. Therefore, those broken items that can’t be fixed can be thrown away. Depending on what the item is, see if any local charities accept them. Last year we wanted to get rid of an old broken bike. I found a company nearby which takes in second hand bikes so that teenagers can learn how to repair them. I’m happy with the knowledge that it’s been given a second life because I have seen someone riding it around our town.
Declutter your duplicates
Keeping a spare of something is usually fine. I always keep a brand new shampoo in the cupboard so that I never run out. However, in some situations, you need to think about if you actually need a duplicate. This is a problem I had when it came to my jumpers collection. I found that I had several that all looked the same. As a result, I was always choosing the same one whilst the others were just sat there. It was a problem I needed to solve and so after careful consideration, I chose to keep my favourite and one other to replace it with in time. I stored the replacement one in a vac bag and sold the others on Ebay. Overall, I felt so much better and it was a lot easier to see what jumpers I actually had to choose from.
I hope you have found these tips useful. They are all ones I have picked up along the way. I used to have way too many belongings and even to this day, I’m still going through them and decluttering them. I don’t believe I will ever be a minimalist but I do like the idea of having a neat and tidy home. If you are still stuck with how to get started, Pinterest has some great mini challenges to help motivate you. If you have any other decluttering tips, I would love to hear them in the comments below.