Decluttering can seem like an enormous and unachievable task especially if you’re a bit of a hoarder. As with any task or goal it is easier to split it into more achievable chunks. If you can, put aside a day and tackle one room at a time. Or if you have less time to spare, pick a cupboard or a shelf in your home and sort that out.
Begin by putting items into three piles: keep, charity and throw. If you get stuck on a particular item, ask yourself these questions:
- When is the last time you used this item and was it in the last year?
- Is it broken, damaged or the wrong size?
- Does it make you happy or have sentimental value?
- Do you really need it?
To help you declutter, here are my tips for each room:
- Empty everything from your wardrobe – use keep, charity, throw and be totally honest. Use a friend for a more objective opinion if you need it!
- Will you really get into that piece? If you’ve not worn something for six months or more, you are not going to wear it now.
- Pair up and examine every pair of shoes you own. Throw any that hurt your feet, are out of fashion, or are irreparable.
- Invest in storage boxes if money permits. I bought two white large hat boxes in the sale once. One holds winter hats, gloves and scarves and the other holds swimwear and summer pieces. They’re the perfect option for us!
- Start by emptying your cupboards, wall units and shelves before using the keep, charity, throw method.
- Do you have a large number of books, CDs, DVDs or blu rays? Hold onto your favourites and sell or donate the rest.
- Throw tatty textiles, cushions and throws to either your pet’s bed or a textile bank.
- Take any broken electrical goods to the council tip.
- Start by emptying pots, pans, crockery, utensils, etc. out of your cupboards and put everything on the kitchen table or floor.
- Discard duplicates and take any broken electrical goods to the council tip. Also discard unwanted gifts, under-used gadgets, and anything else you have bought and do not use. Your local charity shop will likely take most things except electricals.
- Throw away any dead plants, and other horrors, before giving the cupboards a thorough clean.
- Next the food cupboard. Get everything out and check the use by date and throw any that are out of date. Clean the cupboard.
Decluttering your home will make cleaning easier as there’s less to move and you may even feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders.
What do you find hardest to throw away? Is there something that you can’t bear to part with that you know you’ll never use or wear again? Leave us a comment!