The prospect of getting organised can sometimes seem overwhelming, especially if your house has become overcrowded with items and things you don’t necessarily need. In life we all strive to be and do better, whether that’s career, relationship, socially or health orientated- so why should our homes miss out? Creating a space to live that reflects the best version of you can dramatically improve your life in a number of ways- from boosting productivity to improving your overall health. If you’re wanting to begin the decluttering process but need a few tips and tricks, here We Buy Any House have complied the best decluttering knowledge and advice to share with you.
Firstly, what is clutter?
The term clutter is used to describe anything you are keeping in your home that doesn’t add value to your life. Clutter becomes a problem when you struggle to find things with ease, or you begin to avoid socialising in your property due to feeling embarrassed about the amount of clutter. Decluttering is all about removing these items that don’t serve purpose anymore and making room for things that truly matter.
Why Should You Declutter?
For many people, decluttering provides a sense of control and accomplishment. The notion of creating a more organised and liveable space reduces stress and getting rid of the extra junk in your home enables a sense of pride to be restored to your property. Often people tend to purge their house if they are relocating, or if they are attempting a spring clean.
Other reasons such as health benefits are a huge reason why people begin the decluttering process. Having a clear and organised space alleviates anxiety and depression, as studies show that clutter produces high levels of the stress hormone cortisol- in turn causing depression and anxiety. Following on from this, clutter can interrupt sleeping patterns as it can fill your mind with chaotic thoughts- so decluttering is a great way to get a good night’s sleep. Finally, and perhaps more importantly, is the fact that decluttering reduces allergens. In a cluttered home it is difficult to see where dirt is gathering. Mould, pet hair and dust all contribute to a haven of harmful germs. Organising and decluttering improves ventilation, which will reduce mould. Additionally, easy to see areas enable you to clean more thoroughly, therefore eliminating allergens.
How to Declutter.
- Set Goals and a Timeline:
Before you attempt to start decluttering, it is vital to set goals. Making a plan is a great and effective way to stay on top of your to-do list and ensure things can get done without unnecessary stress. Write down or draw a map of each room and what you consider “clutter hot spots”, then grade each area from 1 to 3, with three being the most cluttered. This way you can prioritise what needs doing urgently and which areas still have a bit of time.
Break Down the ‘To Do List’:
Although you have set goals and a timeline, sometimes this can go out of the window when we become keen to get the job done. In order to stop yourself feeling overwhelmed, break everything down into small sequential steps. It may seem tedious, but it will enable you to stick to your chosen deadlines and have a start and finish time to work towards.
Ask Specific Questions:
Be more thorough than ‘should I keep this or toss it?’. Asking this question can make you feel pigeonholed to only two options. There are so many options that can come from decluttering- whether that’s recycling, donating, gifting etc. Asking questions such as ‘would I buy this item again today?’ is an affirmative way to know what to do with each item, and hopefully speed up the process.
Practice the Two Minute Rule:
Incorporating a routine into your life is a way to prevent clutter from building up in the property. You can do this by implementing the two-minute rule into your life. The proposed idea of ‘if something takes two minutes to complete, do it now’ will eliminate not only clutter but future duties and stress. The rule works for anything from washing dishes to making the bed.
Find Home Hacks:
Believe it or not, but sometimes clutter can be organised. Decluttering does not mean stripping your home to a bare empty shell, but rather creating a space that works for you but is also organised. Home hacks allow you to have the best of both worlds. For example, you can create a command centre by your entryway that will allow you to organise items such as keys, wallets and phones. Additionally, there are also hacks such as having a mail station to remove the clutter of envelopes and post from gathering, and a adding a permanent donation box will make it super easy to keep track of donations and simply take them to a local charity shop.