If you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and frustrated, then stop for a second and look around your space right now. Is it chic and neat or cluttered and chaotic? Since you clicked through to read this blog, we’re going to take a calculated assumption that it’s the latter, which could be part of the reason your life is feeling a little out of control. Having a productive and pretty space can make all the difference to your workflow and overall mood. So, it’s time to finally get rid of your clutter once and for all. We’ve collated all the helpful hacks to show you how.
Start with five minutes a day.
Clearing away the clutter can seem like such a daunting task when there’s a mountain of items to remove, and who has the time to do all of it at once? That’s why we love the baby-steps approach decluttering which asks you to take just five minutes from your day, every day, and tackle one thing at a time. You might think five minutes will barely put a dent in the monumental mess, but it’s a start and it’s important to celebrate that.
Apply the one in, one out philosophy.
It’s amazing how much one person or small family can accumulate over time, without even realising it. Before you know it, your kitchen drawers are spilling over with random items, old bills, string, rubber bands, kid’s toys, and who knows what else. The one in one out rule will help to solve this. So, for every item that comes into your home, something else should go out in turn. The one in item does not need to match the one out item, although to make a difference it would need to be of a least equal size or, better still, bigger. Although it generally works out that they are similar items because it is usually that you are replacing one item with another. Sounds easier said than done; we say give it a try, you might be surprised.
Take the 12-12-12 challenge.
If you really want to get serious about organising your home, bedroom and garage, consider the 12-12-12 challenge. This relatively simple task in theory, at least asks you to locate “12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 items to be returned to their proper home.” This challenge can turn into a fun competition for the whole family!
Learn how to see the clutter.
Sometimes your home can be aesthetically clean, which really means it just looks the part, but secretly clutter is lurking behind closed cupboards, drawers, and hidden doors. It can be difficult to “see” the clutter in our spaces. We sense clutter, but as we move through our regular lives we lose sight of it. Friends can help you to spot the clutter. When you know that people will be in your home, it helps you really think about how you want them to feel in that space and what you want them to see.
Give your Wardrobe the Hollywood and Storage Maker treatment.
When your home needs a good clear out, your wardrobe is one of the first places to start, but it’s also one of the hardest. Even if we haven’t worn something in a while, there’s always that what if in the back of your mind, but realistically, if you haven’t worn something in the last six months, there’s every chance you never will. So, to find out which pieces you really don’t wear enough to warrant keeping them, try out the Hollywood wardrobe hanger experiment.
Here’s how it works. Hang all your clothes with the hangers turned in the reverse direction. Then once you’ve worn an item of clothing, put it back in your wardrobe with the hanger facing the correct direction. Do this for six months, after which you will know which clothes you wear often enough to keep, and which ones you can easily get rid of. This experiment isn’t just for clothing either. Try applying it to other places in your home such as the garage.
Throw away the visual clutter immediately.
There’s nothing more distracting than clutter you can see. For some reason, all those bits and pieces just make a room feel so chaotic. To prevent this from happening, you should get rid of the things you don’t want or need immediately. Since you won’t be sorry to let those things go, get them out of your house first. That means throwing out junk mail as soon as it comes through the door because it doesn’t deserve to be on your kitchen worktop or hallway side table.