The everyday

How to: declutter your home effectively

I say home but this can apply to your bedroom as well if you don’t have your own place or you share your home etc.

I have spoken a little on my blog recently about decluttering and organising my home, it’s become something of an obsession for me. So, despite being far from an expert I thought I would share my tips and tricks on how to embrace the minimalist life.

I hope that they help and I hope that you enjoy reading! If you have any tips to add then please leave a comment and we can get a conversation going!

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  1. Start small. Attempting to declutter everything at once is definitely a recipe for disaster. I would advise beginning with one room or one thing and focusing on that before worrying about anything else. So, a day spent organising clothes and shoes and nothing else is a day well spent. If you don’t overwhelm yourself then you will be more productive and focused. I have been that person that wants to do the whole house in one day, but whenever I attempt that I either run out of steam halfway through and feel super disappointed, or I do a half job on everything and I’m not satisfied with the end result.
  2. Begin by bringing everything out so you know what you are working with. Let me use the example of decluttering clothes again here to illustrate my point. Start by taking all of your clothes out of your wardrobe/wherever you store them (for me that was the backs of many chairs!) and laying them out so that you can see everything that you own. From here make piles. Create a yes pile, a no pile and a maybe pile and be ruthless (you will thank yourself in the end)! Once you have these piles you can put the yes items away again (one down) and turn your focus to the next easiest pile, that would be the no pile. Organise this into bin and donate and bag/box it up. Now you have to look at the maybe pile, yes this is the tricky one, the one where you have to be both strong and realistic. Do you really want to hold on to this stuff or is it realistically a no? Some things may make it back into the yes pile and that’s fine, I’m not advising that you get rid of everything but you will probably surprise yourself with how much stuff you are ready to let go of! This sounds really straightforward but it’s actually a lot harder than it seems to be ruthless with your belongings!
  3. Take regular breaks. It can be pretty overwhelming and more than a little frustrating trying to decide what to keep, what to throw away and where everything should go. By taking regular breaks, whether that is leaving the room and grabbing a coffee or something else that helps you switch off, it will definitely be beneficial. You can come back to the task at hand with fresh eyes and it will make the job far easier in the long run. As much as it might seem more time consuming this way, you are actually avoiding the ‘umm’ moments, standing looking at things unable to decide where to start. When there is this prospect versus 5 minutes away having a coffee it is really a no brainer! I have found decluttering really stressful at times but even just a few minutes in a different room, unable to see the mid point chaos that I have created is enough for me to feel refreshed enough to tackle the task again.
  4. Plan what to do with your ‘no piles’. I find that by dedicating a day to a task like this means that I have enough time to load up the car and take things to donation shops or the recycling centre. By being able to remove my clutter from the house straight away I really feel a sense of achievement and calm. If you can’t offload things straight away then plan in advance where you will store it until you can finish the task, that way things will be out of your way, you will avoid any trip hazards (vital if you are as clumsy as I am) and it will help avoid temptation to bring things back!
  5. Put things away properly. This applies to your ‘yes items’. Don’t just shove things back into cupboards and drawers. Think about where you want your belongings to be stored permanently and how easily accessible your items are etc. By properly organising your things you will not only get more use out of them but you will be more proud of your work because it’s so aesthetically pleasing. Personally I like to organise my belongings into categories and I like to store my things in a way where I can see everything. It’s amazing how many belongings I have forgotten I had because they are buried behind or underneath something else. Sometimes it isn’t even that I have forgotten they are there but it’s me being too lazy to move a bunch of stuff to access them so I just never do. This can’t just be me right?
  6. Reward yourself. It’s easier said than done for a lot of people to be strong enough to declutter. So, if you have committed to the task and you are happy with your achievements then reward yourself for it! Treat yourself to something, whatever makes you happy. I personally like to run a bath, light a few candles and grab a good book. It’s an inexpensive treat that I can look forward to whilst I am working.

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So, that is how I approach decluttering in my home. I have found that following these points has helped me to be more productive.

Sure, there are times where I’m not completely successful but that’s just life isn’t it? All I can do is try!

I hope you have found this post helpful! Do you have any tips and tricks that you would like to contribute?

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Thanks for reading!

Until the next time…Jess x

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