May 13, 2021
It can be difficult to know where to start when trying to declutter your home. Even if you have an idea of where to start, it can still be an overwhelming experience. Whilst it might seem like a mammoth task, the benefits of decluttering your home outweigh the chore. Decluttering your home means there are not as many items to clean or organise, but it also relieves any stress you had when looking at what once was a cluttered space.
Following the phenomenal success of Marie Kondo’s ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing’, many are taking the lessons learned from the decluttering bible and applying them when tidying. One of the most beloved tips from the book is asking yourself if clothes or household items ‘spark joy.’
This is one way to help you declutter your home but there are more. Here are three tips to consider to help you when you are decluttering your belongings.
Plan Out Decluttering In Stages
Before starting, decide which rooms you want to declutter. Going a step further, choose which area of the room you want to focus on. For instance, if you are looking at decluttering your bedroom, start with the items under the bed or the wardrobe. This helps to break down the task at hand into smaller parts, making it a less overwhelming experience and instead of one that is more manageable.
Decide On What Is Essential And What Isn’t
As you are making your way through each room in your home, create a system to help you sort the items you find. One of the most popular ways to sort items is by creating three piles; one to keep, one to give (or throw) away and one to put in storage. This method motivates you into deciding the relevance of the items in your home that are currently cluttering the room it is in.
The keep pile is for the pieces that are frequently used. Once you have finished decluttering all of your spaces, you can go through this pile and store these items where they are needed.
With the second pile, place the items you have found that you no longer use and have no intention of using them in the future. This box can be emptied after you have finished decluttering, so you can decide what can be donated and what needs to be thrown away.
The third option, putting items in storage, these could be items that you do not use regularly but you do not want to throw away. With the items you want to store away, pack them away in storage containers after you finish decluttering the space.
If you have space in your home, such as a spare room or attic, you can store the items in there so they are out of sight. However, those with limited spaces consider renting out a storage unit space. There are storage facilities across the country that are easily accessible and have storage units in various sizes. The chances of finding one that is close by and the right size in high.
As for the cost, this tends to vary depending on the unit size and the location. Many storage facilities provide you with a general overview of what to expect price-wise. Safestore's storage prices are available on their website, showing you how much one of their units could cost you depending on the area you live in.
Ask For Help
Decluttering alone can be a difficult task, as you might find that you talk yourself out of giving items you no longer use away. Asking help from a friend or family member can give you the push to get rid of things that you no longer use, as they can question you on if it is an essential item. It might be difficult to accept help decluttering, as you might not want someone to judge your items. However, it could help to reduce the amount of clutter you have.