The Secret To A Good Declutter
There will always come a time when we take a good look at our homes and realise a major declutter session is needed. But, while the realisation is there, the motivation to get started can be very difficult to find.
Decluttering your home will lift your spirits in more ways than you could ever imagine, so within this guide, we will be equipping you the secret to a good declutter. Good luck!
Be Strict With Yourself
It’s far too easy to find reasons to put off a good declutter, which is why you need to be strict with yourself to get the ball rolling. If it helps, create a list or schedule full of the things you want to tackle and give yourself time limits to get it done. This should help to give you the motivation needed to get started and smash the rest of the secrets in this guide.
Tackle One Room At A Time
Many people make the mistake of tackling all rooms at the same time when it comes to decluttering. This, however, is a huge mistake as you’ll end up with no space to take a break or relax!
A decluttering session doesn’t have to be done within a day; it’s best to take your time so that you have enough energy to get it done properly. With this in mind, only tackle one room at a time so that your house doesn’t become a tip during the process. Once you’ve completed a room and left it in immaculate condition, it will act as inspiration to get the rest of the house done!
Deep Clean As You Go
If you want perfect results when decluttering, then you’ll need to deep clean as you go. This means that a simple tidy up here and there won’t do – you need to completely clear the space and deep clean it before organising everything back in place.
While deep cleaning as you go may seem like a timely process, it will save you a lot of trouble in the long run as you’re essentially killing two birds with one stone. You want to know that you did the best declutter you could, and unfortunately, a deep clean is a part of that package.
Donate To Charity
If you feel guilty about throwing away items in excellent condition, then head down to your local charity shop or thrift store and donate some items. There’s no point letting unused items go to waste, and through donating to charity, you’re helping out a good cause at the same time. It’s a win win!
Use The Six Month Rule
The six month rule involves a lot of honesty. It is particularly useful for when it comes to clearing out clothes.
With the six month rule, you take an item and ask yourself if you’ve used it or worn it in the last six months. If the answer is no, then it’s time to say goodbye to that item. If the answer is yes, then you can take the item through to the ‘next round’ to decide whether it should stay.
This rule is incredibly simple yet effective; it allows you to discover what the most important things in your home actually are.
Take Progress Pictures
Similar to a weight loss journey, taking pictures helps to remind you of how far you’ve come.
There’s nothing more satisfying than a ‘before and after’ picture of a tidy room, and thanks to decluttering, you can take part in exactly that! Simply take a photo of all the rooms in your home before the declutter and also take a photo when you are half way through.
Once the declutter is complete, take another photo and pair it up next to the previous photos you have taken. The transition will be enough to make you grin from ear to ear.
Set Yourself Goals
The whole decluttering process will become far easier if you set yourself goals to work towards. For example, you could aim to do your bedroom and living room one day, and your kitchen the next. It doesn’t matter how big or small your goals are as long as they work for you.