I don’t know about you but I’ve been itching to have a declutter for weeks. Ever since the beginning of March when we started to have slightly warmer weather and sporadic days of sunshine. All Winter I’ve felt a heavy weight of unwanted items in my home that I desperately wanted to clear. But whenever I started to think about it I felt overwhelmed. I’ve never been one of those people who can just grab a bag and throw things in, that is up until now. I’d seriously started to question why was I holding onto so much stuff that I didn’t use, need, that’s too big or isn’t my style now. This weekend I did grab a bag, well several actually, to start the declutter process and boy was I ruthless. First to be tackled were my wardrobes and I’ve cleared out all the clothes that are now too big, are no longer my style, I don’t like anymore etc. I’ve also started on my accessories, including shoes, handbags and fashion jewelry. As well as a few household items such as china sets I no longer like. I haven’t quite finished and it will take another couple of sessions before I’ve completed decluttered all my rooms, but I certainly do feel like the weight is slowly being lifted.
Here are my 10 Tips for Decluttering
- Room by room – you’ll know where you store your unwanted items so tackle a room at a time
- Do it in stages – it can be a big job depending on how much you want to de-clutter, so give yourself a few weeks
- Be ruthless – throw away anything that no longer fits, isn’t your style, is past its best or isn’t usable
- Don’t hold onto objects – throw away empty phone boxes, shoe boxes, broken items etc
- Don’t be nostalgic – if you haven’t used an item for a number of years, or have never used it, then it goes
- Tackle one area at a time – be prepared that you will create a mess as you clear out
- Make room – ensure you have room to work so that you can place your filled bags as you go
- Borrowed items – return to the owners if you have finished using the item
- Hang pictures and photos – no one can see them if they are hidden away
- Invest in new storage solutions – whether jars, boxes or furniture buy what you need to stay organised
What to do with items that are still usable
- Recycle – if you’ve got magazines or books take them to the local doctors or hospital waiting rooms
- Donate to charity – if the items are still in a good state then your chosen charity will be grateful for donations
- Give away – larger items can be placed on websites that offer items for free to collectors
- Sell – either through online auctions, dress agencies, car boots etc
I can’t wait to tackle more of my clutter and once it’s gone I don’t intend to replace it unnecessarily. I’m definitely going to be more choosy about what I buy in the future. Going forward I’d rather invest in new experiences then buy something I don’t need.
Are you ready for a de-clutter?