Our homes are a sacred place, we need to protect the energy in there and keep it stress-free, it goes without saying, but a cluttered home can be a reflection of your state of mind.
If you feel like you’re struggling to declutter your home fear not, interior specialists at WeThrift have put together 8 simple tips to help and guide you through the process.
Free yourself from the bondage of “I’ll use this someday” items
We all have those items we hold close to our hearts that have been in the same exact spot for months or years without getting any use. It could be a treadmill that you impulsively bought on sale or a cutlery set you were given as a gift from an old friend.
Whatever it is, don’t make yourself feel guilty if you need to get rid of it to clear some space, if you know it’ll get better use in a new home, then do exactly that. You can list the item on the Facebook marketplace or Ebay and earn some extra pennies in the process.
Look through your wardrobe and reconsider some items
The last few years have been filled with fashion trends that we are excited to leave in 2021. But just like other items in your household, it is very easy to hoard clothes. Hanging on to clothes you no longer need or wear just creates more mess that we’re trying to avoid.
Don’t just throw your unwanted clothes in the bin, you can sell unwanted items online, donate them to those in need, upcycle or mend older pieces to make them current and on-trend, or recycle your items responsibly. The next time you open your wardrobe, you should feel at ease knowing that everything in there has a purpose and use for you.
Establish a plan that you will stick to
Sit down and have a good think about how you are going to tackle your home organisation, think about the day and time you would like to get this done. It would also be ideal to add some achievable and realistic goals, it can be as simple as scheduling 20-30 minutes to clear out a single drawer or cupboard.
This is a very productive start to a decluttered home and can help combat procrastination. We recommend starting by dividing clutter into priority categories, for example, you could start with the bathroom cupboards or your bedroom draws. Start small and build your way up.
Once you have created and established this plan, stick to it. It might be tempting to go to another room and start decluttering elsewhere but avoid this as it can decrease your chances of actually getting the job done.
Ask for help, you don’t have to do it alone
Setting yourself the task to declutter your home can be very difficult if organising is new to you. Find comfort in knowing you can confide in close family and friends to help you to complete this.
This tip can be very helpful since your friends won’t have the same attachment to items like you do, it might help you detach yourself from those said items which will ultimately speed up the process to a clutter-free home!
Use anything as storage
Christmas has just passed and no doubt many of us will have a few of our new gifts in all sorts of places. It’s time to give them a home, find some storage boxes you might have laying around, and place the items there until you have a specific home for them.
Top tip: figure out what house furniture or decor can be used as storage e.g. using aesthetically pleasing baskets to store scarves and gloves. There are various pieces of furniture that have multiple uses especially for storing other important household items.
Give yourself a break
Don’t overwhelm yourself with the amount of work that is yet to be done, it is counterproductive to burn yourself out by trying to get too much done in one day. Most people take at least a week to completely declutter a home to their satisfaction.
The process can be exhausting for a lot of people, so if you feel like taking the day off and picking up where you left off another time that is to be expected.
This is a no-brainer but donating your unwanted items not only feels good but also helps reorganise your home. You can simply pack away your old stuff into a cardboard box and give back to the community by supporting your local charity or homeless shelter.
Prioritise your belongings
This one requires you to be a little ruthless with yourself, start by sectioning your items in terms of importance and relevance to your lifestyle.
This could be that one surfboard you bought on a holiday years ago that is catching dust. Items like these need to be in the useless category, if you can’t picture yourself using the items in the next two months, it has to go.
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