HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY DECLUTTER ANYTHING IN YOUR HOME…

WRITTEN by CHRISSY 

& FILED IN Declutter, Home Organising


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How to successfully declutter anything - step by step guide

 

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Firstly – I wanted to give a shout out to my trusted acronyms (!). I LOVE an easy way to remember a method, as you’ll know by my A.D.O.R.E method for sorting any space, and my L.A.S.T method for organising.

Decluttering, my friend, is no different!

Drumroll………

The decluttering acronym is – DECLUTTER (Oh how I love it when something works well!). Should be pretty simple to remember this one, hey!?

As a brief rundown of this acronym, here you go (and then I will talk about each in much more detail): –

D – Decide on what you’ll declutter

E – Evaluate what should be in the space – everything else is clutter

C – Clear a working area

L – Layout your kit

U – Understand how you will tackle the area (zone/categories etc…)

T – The Declutter…

T – Too much in the KEEP pile? Check it again

E – Everything away where it belongs

R – Relax and reward yourself for a job well done!

So, now you know the acronym, let’s get started on the nitty gritty…..

STEP ONE – DECIDE ON WHAT YOU’LL DECLUTTER

It’s important to identify where you are going to tackle when you set out to declutter – as the scope can change as you go, and overwhelm can easily set in.

If you have a very cluttered space, then consider starting small with a drawer or a cupboard first so you can see progress and gather momentum.

If the room isn’t too bad, then do the whole room.

Work how you prefer, and with what you feel comfortable with given the time you have available.

I have chosen my utility, as there was lots of stuff in it waiting to be put away after a weekend of chores (we tend to put things out of the way in the utility until we have time to sort it all out – so it can easily become a dumping ground).

Here’s the picture of what it looked like before:-

Decluttering guide - utility before declutter

 

STEP TWO – EVALUATE THE SPACE

To declutter properly – you need to know what actually constitutes clutter in that space in the first place.

Clutter quote

 

It’s worth taking a few minutes to assess the space you are decluttering. Are you using it in the right way for your needs? Do you need to also have other things there once you are organised? Is it purely a decluttering exercise  without the need to reorganise as well?

For example – my utility is pretty organised – the cupboards work well, its just that its got cluttered recently. As such this is purely a decluttering job – and I know exactly what items belong in the space and what don’t.

If I were to be decluttering a home that needed organising as well, I would have firstly assessed the house and ensured I knew roughly what I wanted in which room – so that I could start to move things around as I went through the house.

For now though – lets stick to decluttering!

 

STEP THREE – CLEAR YOUR WORKING SPACE

When you declutter – you make mess.

Fact.

It has to get worse before it can get better – so make it easier on yourself by making a good working space before you start.

Areas that you could use:-

  • An adjacent room
  • A trestle table in the middle of the room
  • A sheet on the floor
  • A table or bed or any large space that’s clear in the room already

You are basically looking for somewhere that’s easily accessible to you, that you don’t have to bend down too much (if you have lots of decluttering to do then I strongly recommend using a trestle table rather than the floor as it keeps everything at a height that’s more comfortable – its also useful if there’s no available floor space as yet, as you only need space for 4 legs!).

For me, the dining area in my kitchen is right next to the utility, and the dining table and the space around it was clear – so that made sense:-

clearing a space for decluttering via www.organisemyhouse.com

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So, you’ve planned what you want to tackle, and cleared the space – and are now ready to get going.

Next it’s time to get everything you need ready, and then get going.

I can’t wait to get started and clear that clutter once and for all at this point…

Let’s do this, shall we…

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