There is no better time than the present to start decluttering your home, but it can feel like a lot to take on, and beginning anything is often the hardest part.
That being said, once you get going, you might be surprised by how easy it becomes.
Here are a few tips you can use to help you declutter your home.
Why Declutter Your Home?
There are many benefits when it comes to decluttering your home. There are fewer things that need cleaning or tidying up, and more space can be made. It is particularly useful if you are downsizing your home. It also means you could have a better chance of using everything you have, rather than belongings getting tucked away not to be seen for another year or so.
When you take on any big job, it is best if you just start small. There is no point biting off more than you can chew, especially as it is just the beginning. If you have time on your side, then just opting to do 5 minutes a day is an easy target to follow and will often lead to you doing more – though there is no pressure!
The easiest way to begin your 5 minutes a day is chucking away any empty bottles or packets, old or outdated items, and separate recycling too. It can be very surprised how much room these actually take up, which may also just spur you on to continue with your quest.
Stick to One Room at A Time
It can be tempting to start cleaning wherever you find yourself, but it is easy to get yourself in a mess if you try and clean every different room in your house at the same time. Many of us have started to clean a room, only for it to look 10x worse than when we began, which can be extremely off-putting and frustrating. You do not want to end up doing that in every single room of your house if you want to keep your sanity.
Try your best to stick to one room at a time – this will help you see results more quickly and not leave your house looking worse off. This method is a particularly good tip for those who are preparing to move house, so you know exactly what is in each room, especially if you are moving somewhere smaller. Check out this guide to downsizing your home.
Create a “Trash” and a “Donate” Bag
It might well depend on the last time you have gone through your things at home, but you may find that you have some items that would be perfect to pass on to someone else or others that might be better off going straight in the trash. You do not want to be in the flow of sorting things and getting the clothes confused.
Getting two bags ready in advance so you can quickly determine what clothes need to go where and have somewhere to put them in an organized fashion will help move the process along much more quickly. Plus, the items you will be taking to a thrift store will already be in a bag, ready for the move.