A No-Nonsense Guide to De-cluttering Your Home

Clutter can accumulate in your home without you even realising. Over the years, as you buy new things and put other items into storage, you might not even think about how much stuff you’re accumulating until it comes time to clear it out, or you’ve realised that you’ve run out of storage space. De-cluttering your home has a wide range of benefits to think about; you can clear up space, make some money from selling unwanted items, and if clutter is becoming a real problem, it’s a chance to enjoy a cleaner, tidier home once again. It can certainly feel like an overwhelming job, but the good news is that with these handy, no-nonsense tips, de-cluttering your home doesn’t have to be difficult.

#1. Get Extra Storage Space:

Trying to go through everything and de-clutter when you don’t have any space to put things that you want to keep and things that you’re getting rid of to the side can be stressful. So, it’s a good idea to get some extra storage space, where you can keep anything that you know you’re definitely not getting rid of, giving you more freedom to sort through everything else. These options for local storage in Bournemouth are a great idea for getting you through the process of clearing your home of clutter. The spacious, affordable units from Safestore can be hired for as short or as long as you need. And it could be a good idea to hire one long-term if you have items to keep but want to keep your home as spacious as possible.

#2. Do One Room at a Time:

Setting out to de-clutter your entire home at once can be very overwhelming, so the best way to ensure that you get everything done without it getting the better of you is to go through one room at a time. Don’t look at it as de-cluttering the entire house – view it as de-cluttering a room as you do it, and mentally, you’ll find that it’s much easier to tackle and manage when broken down into smaller chunks.

#3. Make Sorting Easy:

Before you begin tackling the clutter in your first room, have everything that you need ready for sorting each item into different categories. Having marked boxes, for example, with labels like ‘Keep’, ‘Throw Away’, ‘Donate’, ‘Sell’, and ‘Fix/Mend’ will help you keep the decluttering process organised throughout and make it easier for you to determine what you’re going to do with everything once you’ve done sorting. The last thing that you want is to sort everything out and then be left with big piles to go through once again! With marked boxes, you can easily put each category right where it needs to be.

#4. Tidy as You Go:

Wherever you can, cleaning and tidying as you go will help you break the tasks up and get everything done at once, rather than having to go back to the mammoth task of cleaning an entire room after decluttering. For example, if you’re sorting out books and other items on a set of shelves or a bookcase, you can dust, wipe and set back anything that you are keeping as you go along, rather than waiting until you’ve sorted through the clutter to go back and clean. Plus, cleaning and tidying as you go means that you can see your new space start to take shape, which can encourage you to keep going.

De-cluttering your home can be an overwhelming task, but one definitely worth getting done. If you enjoyed these tips, we’d love to hear from you in the comments.



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