Not only does having a good old-fashioned decluttering session 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 handy tips on how to root out the junk and have a thorough rubbish clearance in 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’s time to throw them on the junk pile
2. Hire Companies To Clear & Clean-Up Instead
On the other hand, if your clutter issue is major, perhaps it’s time for a full-on purge. If you don’t have the time to put a weekend aside (and can afford it), book a waste clearance service to blitz the whole house; garage, loft and garden included. It’s a big job, but dealing with it in one high-intensity burst is a great way to ensure that it gets done and you don’t lose enthusiasm for the task, which can easily happen if you draw the process out over a number of weeks.
Sure, getting the job done quickly and efficiently will inevitably be more expensive than loading your car up several times in a row and taking numerous trips to your local dump. Of course, if money isn’t your main concern, you can really push the boat out by treating yourself and calling in a reputable cleaning company to spruce the place up once your Mount Everest sized pile of junk is out of the way. You can even go all-out and really pamper yourself by getting professionals to clean the windows too! As an example, this window cleaning Swansea company will not only get the windows sparkling, they’ll even clean out your guttering too, so not only will the house be cleaned on the inside, you’ll be getting the outside cleaned as well.
Once the rubbish is gone and the house is clean from top to bottom (and inside and out), you’ll almost certainly feel a whole lot better and can then turn your attention to creating ways to maintain your new decluttered and clean environment so the house doesn’t end up looking like a rubbish tip again.
3. One Year Rule
Tackling the wardrobe can be tricky. Where on earth 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’s 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. Virtually every domestic garage is the shape of a Lego brick and the ‘up and over’ garage door will often prevent you from putting shelving up because of the metal runners that allow the door to open. This is one of the reasons why they always seem to accumulate junk very easily. The great thing about a garage though is that it doesn’t necessarily have to be pretty, as long as it benefits 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 all too often gets forgotten. ‘Out of sight, out of mind’ is the typical loft mantra. It’s not a space that most people enter on a daily basis, so it’s easy to forget. Then comes the day that you need something from it and you’ve 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’re 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 create some. Junk is much easier to keep in order if it belongs somewhere, you could try to store it in a container storage, Henfield Storage based in London offers the cheapest storage prices around.. 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 don’t necessarily perform a physical function in our lives, their significance is generally emotional. Photography is now more accessible to us than ever; no need to buy a roll of film and wait two weeks for it to be developed. If all you’re going to do with these items is look at them, maybe consider consigning them to a photo album. This won’t work for everybody, especially those that have a more tactile nature, 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 ALWAYS 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 onto somebody who will use them and line your pockets in the process. It’s a ‘win-win’! What could be better than earning a few extra pounds while decluttering your home at the same time?
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’ll find that you have a significantly clearer living space by the end of the week, and you’ll have done it without having felt stressed or overwhelmed about the prospect of decluttering.
10. 356 Items Less
Make a project of it! Some people take on their clutter conundrum in an interesting way. As an example, one woman 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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