We’ve written before at Family Clean how we love a good de-clutter. Little things pile up bit by bit until, before you know it, you’re facing an accumulation of stuff that prevents you from getting to the things you want – a bit like life, really!
Here is how to efficiently declutter so you can focus on what is important.
What is the area that causes you the most grief? Is it a crowded kitchen that makes mealtime a misery? Maybe you’re sick of climbing over piles of washing to get to your wardrobe, or possibly you’re fed up with running late every morning because your kids can’t find their shoes in the mess of school stuff. You will see the biggest effect from solving the most pressing problem.
The secret to de-cluttering is getting rid of things you don’t use. It’s not okay just moving them from place to place – they need to go. Look at every way clutter comes into your home whether it’s from shopping, through subscriptions, or from your well-meaning mother who doesn’t believe you can ever have too much Tupperware.
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Finish One Place before Starting Another
Complete an entire room before you move onto another. Usually with cleaning, you would work your way from top to bottom but with de-cluttering, move from bottom to top. Clear your floor space, then look at surfaces, and finally in drawers and cupboards. If you empty a full drawer into an already crowded room, then you will just have an overwhelming mess.
Marie Kondo recommends you declutter by item type, rather than by room. The key aspect is to finish one job before you move onto another.
It’s About What You Think
When you look at an item, ask whether you use it, love it or need it. If you can’t answer “yes” to at least one of these questions then, unless it belongs to someone else in your home, get rid of it in the most responsible way possible, whether it’s selling, donating, gifting, or recycling. Don’t feel guilty if something you once loved no longer has a place in your life. Tastes and needs alter over time, so it makes sense that the items we surround ourselves will change too.
Don’t Attach Happiness to Quantity
Owning more possessions won’t make you happier. Too much of anything will just weigh you down so don’t be scared to clear spaces completely if that’s what is necessary. A few items you adore is far better than a lot of things you merely like.
One tip is to declutter as if you were preparing to move home, getting rid of anything you don’t want in your happy new space.
Have Good Storage
Everything should have a designated logical storage space. If you can’t get to something easily, then you are either unlikely to use it or unlikely ever to put it away. Lack of sensible storage is just clutter waiting to happen.
Efficient de-cluttering will let light and air flow around your home. Your life will be easier for not having to wade through piles of junk to reach the treasure, and you won’t be wasting time cleaning and maintaining unnecessary items. Practical storage and a tidying routine will help you maintain a clear, stress-free home.
Once you’ve sorted your clutter, talk to Family Clean about keeping it that way with a regular weekly or fortnightly clean. We can also steam clean your carpets, polish your windows until they are sparkling, and even give your home a thoroughly deep spring clean so you truly feel like you’re starting afresh.