Human beings do have a talent for accumulating junk, don’t they! How many times have you stood back from your wardrobe and wondered how it is possible that you don’t have anything to wear despite the fact that your clothes rail is practically creaking with garments?
Have you ever tidied your garage, only to find that you still can’t walk from one end of it to the other without stepping on a screwdriver or dislodging a step ladder? How many books do you have on your bookshelf that you will never read? How many dormant pots and pans do you have lingering in your kitchen cupboards? Has your back garden sneakily become a rubbish dump without you noticing?
No doubt you will recognise one or two of these scenarios. Clutter and junk is easy to accumulate. The build-up of the stuff happens by accident, and you don’t really notice it until you take a specific moment to look around. Suddenly, you think to yourself, ‘where did all this stuff come from?’
Do you need all this stuff? Probably not. But there are a few things that get in the way when it comes to simplifying our immediate environments and letting go of old junk…
Sentimentality and Nostalgia
Why do we hold on to stuff? We can’t help it! So much of the junk we no longer use is still around because it is linked to a memory, a feeling or a person. Perhaps that is acceptable if it is something like an heirloom or meaningful gift. But perhaps you should question whether it is worth keeping something like a faded, holey t-shirt just because you have had it for 15 years; you don’t wear it and it’s a bit gross. Time to resign it to the rubbish bin perhaps!
The idea of sorting through your junk can seem like a daunting task; especially if there is a lot of it. Having said that, once you get started, it is never as bad as it seems, and the satisfaction of a freshly decluttered house makes the effort totally worth it.
We are all busy and clearing rubbish for your home does take time. You might have to put a decluttering day in the diary. Not necessarily a fun weekend plan, but it will improve your living environment significantly.
Decluttering is worth doing
Not only does it open up your home and give you space to store the things you actually will use, an ordered and low clutter living environment has been proven to enhance your mental wellbeing as well. To get you started on your junk ousting journey, we have some tips on how to root out the rubbish from your home.
1. Little and Often
One of the biggest reasons for clutter accumulating to a point where dealing with it becomes daunting, is that we don’t pay attention to it often enough. Try this; pick a room in your home each week. Take 5 minutes to look around it and identify anything you no longer have any love or use for. Remove these items. See if you miss them. If after one week you don’t feel any particular urge to put those items back, then perhaps it is time to throw them on the junk pile
2. Hire a Skip Or Get Your Rubbish Cleared
On the other hand, if your clutter issue is major, perhaps it is time for a purge. Put a weekend aside, hire a skip or book a rubbish clearance service and blitz the whole house; garage, loft and garden included. It is a big job, but dealing with it in one, high-intensity burst is a great way to ensure that you get it done and don’t lose enthusiasm for the task. This can happen if you draw the process out over a number of weeks.
3. One Year Rule
Tackling the wardrobe can be tricky. Where do you start and what do you get rid of? This system may help. First of all, only tackle one ‘clothing category’ at a time; for example, jeans, underwear or shoes. Lay the entire ‘category’ out where you can see it. Then go through each item and ask yourself the question, ‘when did I last wear this?’ If you realise it is something you haven’t worn in the last year, then get rid of it. There are many arguments to suggest that if you haven’t worn it in the last year, you probably never will again. This rule also works with other categories in the home, including kitchen equipment, dry foodstuffs and cosmetics
4. Garage Design
Garages don’t tend to be well designed. This is one of the reasons why they seem to accumulate junk very easily. The great thing about a garage, though, is that it doesn’t necessarily have to be pretty, but it does benefit from a bit of functional design. With a few home-made additions and a bit of thought, your garage can be the very storage facility the rest of your home needs. Here are some ideas on how to make that happen.
5. Loft List
The loft gets forgotten. ‘Out of sight, out of mind.’ It is not a space that most people enter on a daily basis, so it is easy to forget. Then comes the day that you need something from it and you have no idea where to start. This is a job to do when the skip is in the garden because there is no space more jammed with junk than the loft. Before you get in there though, make a list. This list should include the ‘zones’ that you are going to be installing in your new, organised loft space. You might want to include categories such as suitcases, camping gear, items belonging to children that have moved out, Christmas decorations and memorabilia. This is a good place to start and will make sorting through your loft much easier.
How much storage do you have in your home? If the answer is, ‘not enough’. Then you might want to think about how you can implement some. Junk is much easier to keep in order if it belongs somewhere. Here are some cool storage ideas you might want to try out.
As previously stated, we hold on to a lot of things because they mean something to us. These things do not necessarily perform a physical function in our lives, their significance is generally emotional. Photography is more available to us than ever. If all you are going to do with these items is look at them, maybe consider consigning them to a photo album. This won’t work for everybody, but if you desperately need to get rid of some rubbish in your home, it might be a good way to go.
8. Pocket Money
Money is a good motivator. Selling your old stuff might be the motivation you need to get rid of some of it. You might be surprised by what some people will pay for a bit of old tat! Baby clothes, books, CD’s, DVD’s, furniture, musical instruments; these are all very easy to sell. So why not pass them on to somebody who will use them and line your pockets in the process!
9. A Bag A Day
This is quite a good system to employ if you have a lot to tackle. For one week, simply fill up one bin bag a day with junk. This is quite easy to do. You will find that you have a significantly clearer living space by the end of the week, and you will have done it without having felt stressed or overwhelmed about the prospect of decluttering.
10. 356 Items Less
Make a project of it! This woman took on her clutter conundrum in an interesting way. She decided to give away a single item every day for a year. She ended that year with a much simpler, clearer home, and a greater appreciation for the belongings that she had decided to keep.
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