There comes a time in all of our lives when our homes get a little too cluttered. We can’t help it; clutter has a habit of building up over time, unless we are conscious it. It’s easy to collect things, activities require pieces of equipment from time to time, you might regularly add clothing to your wardrobe without ever letting go of anything. When we’re done with some of it, we have no place to store it. Where does it end up? Anywhere. The answer is anywhere. In the corner or in the spare room, the garage the loft, the cellar, anywhere! Over time, those things start to build up, and it everything becomes increasingly overwhelming, do you know that feeling? Here’s a look at how to calmly declutter your home…
Time To Declutter
A declutter is necessary every now and again. Clearing everything away and getting rid of it all is a something we all must do to avoid complete overwhelm. It’s a pretty boring and tedious task, though, isn’t it? How can we get through this particular job calmly and efficiently? Well, have a little look at a few of the following ideas:
Where To Start
Firstly I’d totally recommend investing in the Marie Kondo Book, then watching the documentary on NetFlix. Decluttering is such a mentally frustrating task to build up to, you’ll probably need to mark out a date to begin. Sure, you could just do it whenever you’re free, but it takes a little time, and you don’t want to stop halfway through because you have more important things to do – that could lead to a lot more overwhelm. Figure out the best day and time to start, and write out a little itinerary. Realise that decluttering is going to take time, effort and determination. It is worth it!
Be Rested And Ready
Decluttering is a job that requires quite a lot of energy to complete. You’re going to be on your feet a lot, you’re going to be picking lots of stuff up, and walking backwards and forwards a lot, lifting boxes, packing things away. Not to mention, you’re going to be concentrating a lot. You’ll need to make sure you have enough food in your belly as well as enough water. Be sure to get lots of sleep the night before, too – that’s also pretty important.
Define Your Space
Choose the room in the house that you are going to use as your decluttering project base camp. Would you rather make a big mess in one room or throughout the entire home? Obviously, the former. Choose one room that you are going to use as a base for gathering all of your items (by category) into.
Declutter By Category
Don’t just pick and choose a room or drawer to declutter. Declutter by category. Start by piling up all your particular items from one category, before moving onto the next. So, say you have dresses stored in bags in the loft, the garage and boxes on top of the wardrobe, get them all together and declutter all the dresses. Seeing all the dresses together will help you to decide firmly about which you love and which can be donated to charity.
Decide Where To Donate
Deciding where to donate your excess will help you stay motivated and calm. Pick a charity that is close to your heart. Know that your items are going to bring love and have a positive impact on peoples lives. This will help you to stay motivated. If you have lots of large items or things that are broken or beyond repair and just need to be dumped. You might look for Perth skip bin hire company or take them straight to the tip in the car. Plan where to donate your items or if you need to hire a skip before beginning and that should help you to stay calm and keep moving forwards.
Remember, decluttering is not a weekend project and it won’t happen over night. Working by category will help you stay on track and work through the items calmly and efficiently. Start with one category and donate a few items, this will bring you joy and give you the motivation to continue…
“Tidying orders and relaxes the mind”-Marie Kondo