Tips on How to Declutter Your Home

‘Come in, how lovely to see you. Do excuse the mess.’ Sound familiar?

It’s amazing how quickly and easily our homes are filled up with clutter. It’s messy, unattractive, and it slows us down in our daily lives because we can never find what we want.

Dealing with your clutter can seem an overwhelming task, so we as a skip hire company based in Fulham have put together a few simple tips to help you on your way.

Declutter home

Be Methodical

Flitting about from room to room will only serve to make you feel even more stressed and overwhelmed. So tackle your declutter one room at a time.

Set aside a day to do each room, and give yourself a time limit – it’s easy to get sidetracked into looking at old photos and memorabilia while you’re sorting, and before you know it you’ve wasted an entire day!

Take 4 boxes with you, clearly labelled: charity shop, sell, recycle, and rubbish, and separate out your stuff as you go. If you have a lot of rubbish, consider hiring a skip.

Get Stuck In

Be ruthless. Have you used it during the last year? If the answer is no, then you’re unlikely to use it again. If it’s worth some money, consider selling it via eBay, Gumtree or in your local ads paper.

If it’s in good condition but no longer of any use to you, take it to your local charity shop. You can also consider using a scheme such as Freecycle where people advertise unwanted goods free as long as the buyer collects.

If you have broken items thrown in the back of a drawer which are unlikely to be salvageable, take them to your local household recycling centre as the parts can often be broken down and used again.

If you’re unsure about an item, store it in a box in the attic or garage for a month. If you haven’t missed it during that time, you can safely get rid of it.

Not all Clutter is Junk

Don’t feel that you need to throw out everything. There will be some treasured mementoes you’ll want to keep, such as cinema ticket stubs from your first date, or travel memorabilia from an overseas adventure.

However, rather than keep these items stashed in various places around your home, why not have a special box, or start a scrapbooking project, so they have a proper home of their own.

Creative Storage Solutions

Once you’ve sorted your trash from your treasure, look at the stuff you want to keep and decide how it can be stored effectively. There are tons of creative storage solutions on the market to help your house stay clutter free.

If you have children, buy some sturdy toy boxes or wicker baskets with lids so that all toys can be put away at the end of the day. Place shoe racks next to your front door, and use wicker baskets in your bathrooms. Use files to keep your paperwork organised.

It can be difficult to get rid of your possessions, but once you’ve swept through your home and created a fresh new space, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your home without feeling overwhelmed.

Erin Emanuel