12 EASY DECLUTTERING TIPS YOU SHOULD TRY TODAY

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Easy decluttering tips and ideas that really work to make the whole process easier. Use these as inspiration next time you start to declutter any part of your home or life – and be clutter free more quickly.

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How many times have you wanted to get started on a decluttering session, only to find yourself an hour or so into it feeling deflated and overwhelmed?

It’s all too easy to think that it’s too big a mountain to climb, so I thought that I’d share today the top tips that should make the whole process a LOT easier.

Let’s get started, shall we?…

 

10 EASY DECLUTTERING TIPS TO DECLUTTER FAST

#1 – HAVE A PLAN

It’s all too easy to get overwhelmed when you start to get everything out of the cupboards in one go.

You can start to drown in ‘stuff’.

So – it makes perfect sense that before you start lifting a finger, you should make a plan of how you will do it all.

If you take a little time up front to plan the space you are decluttering out, you will have more of an idea what needs to go there, and therefore what constitutes clutter for that area.

After all – decluttering doesn’t necessarily mean getting rid of things in your home, it may mean simply moving it out of the place that it is clutter, into a place where it’s needed.

So – take a few minutes to decide roughly what you want in each room in your house, and then within each room what you want where (thinking about what functions each room will be used for is a good start as you will ideally want to keep things to hand for those functions).

You may well be moving things from room to room for a while if you need to organise the spaces as well – but this will become less and less as you move around the house – so stick with it and stick to your plan!

{ Worth a read – A Space For Everything – How to Make your Home Work for You }

 

 

#2 – START SMALL

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the idea of decluttering your entire house, then just allow yourself to start very small.

Give yourself 15 mins and one drawer.

Once you’ve done this you’ll more often than not feel motivated to continue, and you’ll start to get into the groove of making decisions of what stays and what goes.

Don’t ever think you have to tackle an entire room in one go – this can be too time consuming and stressful – so work in the way you find the easiest and you are more likely to be successful.

 

#3 – GET INTO THE RIGHT MINDSET

Decluttering can bring up many emotions, and we need to get into the right head space to make decisions for our stuff more easily.

It’s hard to get rid of things when we feel too many emotions, or aren’t strong enough in our thoughts…

Remembering a few things will help no end: –

  • You can always borrow or buy again if you ever need that thing again
  • It is just ‘stuff’ – the memories will last forever
  • You have decided to declutter – so you want to create change
  • Keep the end in mind – you are working towards a better place to live for you, so doing the work will pay dividends

 

#4 – TACKLE ONE AREA AT A TIME

It’s key to that you only tackle one area at a time whenever you declutter.

When you’re decluttering a drawer then this is of course easy to identify – but it’s equally important if you’re decluttering an entire room to tackle sections of that space in turn.

You will then start to see a real difference rather than if you jump from place to place.

In my post on how to declutter I identified categories that you could use for your piles of stuff – and if you are to tackle one area at a time, it’s crucial to have a category for “ANOTHER ROOM”.

Have a box with you for items that don’t belong in that room, and when you’ve finished with a room (AND ONLY THEN), move on to the next one and take out anything in the box that belongs there – by the time you are around the house you should have an empty box and everything will have its place.

Also – when you are tackling any space, not only should you stick to that space, but you should also go from the top to the bottom of that space.

You will then know more clearly what’s already been done, and you are less likely to clutter the space up again.

If you are tackling an entire room – then split that room up into manageable chunks – working from the far corner of the room to the door as then you won’t be going over the space you have already done – and you will feel a sense of accomplishment at seeing how far you’ve come.

 

#5 – HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO HAND

I can’t stress the importance of having a decluttering kit sorted and ready to go when you are in the decluttering zone.

As with doing ANY project, if you don’t have the right tools to help you, then you’ll get sidetracked, you’ll have to break your work, and you’ll waste time.

Take a moment to gather the supplies you’ll need, and you’ll thank yourself!

(You’ll need to have things like rubbish bags, boxes, polish and duster, decluttering category cards, ladder, step, ideas for where you’ll take your clutter when you’ve finished, etc….).

 

#6 – DON’T GO IT ALONE

There are several reasons for not decluttering alone.

1 – It’s hard work – so you may want an extra pair of hands

2 – You may be decluttering someones elses stuff – so you ALWAYS need to have them involved if that’s the case. It isn’t fair to make decisions about other peoples belongings without them present, and you will find that you can’t make decisions easily without them anyway – so just get them involved.

3 – You may need motivation or support – ask someone to be there – even just to chat with you and keep you moving.

 

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#7 – DON’T GET SIDETRACKED

Getting sidetracked is easy to do and it’s the most common reason that people have for wanting help with decluttering.

Find ways of keeping going, even setting a timer for 15 minutes and making sure that you stay focused for this amount of time will pay dividends.

A short time each day that’s focused is better than trying to do a whole day but getting sidetracked while you go – you won’t feel you have finished anything, and that may make you give up.

 

#8 – BE DECISIVE

Don’t procrastinate too long over your decisions over whether to keep things or not.

The more decisions you make, the easier it will become.

Decluttering can be very easy to get sidetracked on because you can start to look at every item really carefully, read things, reminisce etc… – and that all takes time.

This is when decluttering seems like too big a task, and people get despondent or give up altogether.

When you empower yourself to make decisions, you’ll find that it gets easier the more you do it.

Oh – and NEVER have a ‘maybe’ pile – otherwise this will end up being the biggest pile you have, and you’ll have created more work for yourself overall.

 

 

#9 – CONTAIN (& LABEL) THE CATEGORIES

When you declutter, you’ll end up with lots of different piles of your stuff in the space.

You don’t want them to mix together (who wants to throw away the wrong pile…?!) – so use containers for your categories.

This is especially important when the categories are items that will need to be removed or moved to another area when you’ve finished: –

  • Rubbish should be placed in black bin liners immediately so you can’t see them anymore and they can be got rid of at the end of your decluttering session
  • Use a container with a handle to make moving things from room to room easier
  • Use plastic bags or boxes for things to go to other places such as charity, recycling, friends and family etc… – then they can go directly into your car boot ready

Don’t make yourself collect everything together and put into containers AFTER you’ve finished, because this not only is another unnecessary layer of work for yourself, but it’s also a chance to change your mind when you see things again….

Decluttering should be as easy as you can make it!

 

#10 – BE REALISTIC

Decluttering takes time.

Fact.

There’s really not much you can do about it. Picking up every item you own and making a decision about it is a long process.

Yes, you’ll get quicker as you streamline things – but an entire room can take a long time to declutter for the first time (anything from a few hours to a few days dependant on how much clutter there is to get through), and it may take a while to get quick at decision making for your belongings – so give yourself a break and ensure you have enough time to complete the job easily.

You don’t want to be left at the end of the day with lots of piles of things everywhere that the family has to manoeuvre around that evening – that’s just making things more difficult than they really need to be and you may want to give up which isn’t the goal.

 

#11 – MAKE IT FUN

Put on music when decluttering a room – watch a film when sorting through piles of paperwork – ANYTHING that makes things fun while you are working – it doesn’t have to feel like a chore!

 

#12 – KEEP ON TOP OF THINGS

Probably the most important part of decluttering is the maintenance part after you’ve finished.

Don’t allow things to get cluttered again – now you’ve done the hard work you want to stay on top of things as much as possible.

Simply start by doing a 15 minute tidy up at the end of each day.

Put things back where they should go, don’t allow things to come into the house if they will clutter it up (get rid of junk mail etc… right by the front door).

 

 

12 Easy Decluttering Tips You'll Want to Try TodayThere you have it! – Easy Decluttering Tips that really work!

If you follow these tips then your decluttering WILL be easier from now on. Trust me! – I am an ex-professional home organiser, so I know they work.

And if you’re motivated to get started, why not follow my tried and trusted decluttering method – you can find it HERE or click on the NEXT PAGE button below…

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