Top tips to help declutter your home

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Most of us have a room that, however good our intentions, could do with decluttering – in some cases it can be the whole house!

For many people, the living room and bathroom are often the most cluttered space of them all. For those items you simply can’t throw away, consider removing them from your immediate surroundings and finding storage solutions elsewhere in your home to keep your home organised and modern, for a minimalist style.

Before you get stuck in to decluttering your home, it is wise to follow the following four steps:

Get in the right mindset

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According to best-selling author Marie Kondo, what many people don’t know is that when a room becomes cluttered, the cause is more than just physical. Try confronting your feelings, and begin visualising the lifestyle you would like to live in. She coined the phrase ‘KonMari’, which is essentially a method of simplifying and organising the home, which can take anywhere between a few hours to six months to be completed.

It is important to work in the way that suits you best. Whether you prefer setting a strict deadline, tackling junk all at once, or using a little-and-often strategy, it’s entirely up to you and whatever makes you happy. A good way to encourage yourself to carry on, promise yourself (and your family), a day out or meal at a restaurant once the job is done!

Get started; be ruthless

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Fish out your bin bags and boxes and make a start with the decluttering. Be thorough; every item in your room or home should be considered and assessed to ensure everything that is no longer needed goes. As sad as it may sound, items wear out, go out of date or no longer suit the way you live – it’s essential to be brutal to get rid of these unnecessary objects.

Shockingly, according to research by Gumtree, we are hoarding an average of £2,589 worth of items we no longer need; that adds up to an incredible £70.4 billion nationwide. So, when sorting your stuff, be ruthless: don’t stop to flick through books every few minutes, or muse over old photos or items – this is what makes it difficult to get rid of items. If you find yourself making excuses, such as ‘I might need it one day’ or ‘it might be important’, think logically as most often these items don’t get used.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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When decluttering, think about the three R’s of recycling: ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’. The mountain of items you no longer use should be carefully considered before you throw them in the bin. Can they be given a new lease of life elsewhere in your home, or in someone else’s? If not, it’s time for the bin – either a waste or recycling bin. If you have a large quantity of goods or furniture that need to go, you may be able to arrange a collection by a local charity shop. Alternatively, some companies pick up your items and send them for recycling or reuse.

Today, we use an awful lot of technology to store our all-important items, such as photos, videos, books and songs that mean something to us. That means, hard copies are just an inconvenience and an extra source of clutter in your home. Therefore, to get rid of some clutter whilst earning a little bit of extra money on the side, it may be time to sell broken phones, any unwanted clothes, books, CDs and DVDs, games and games consoles. This can be done through online selling sites such as eBay, Gumtree or Shpock – Depop is great for selling clothes too!

A new design

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If you have time, give your sparkling clean home a new look. To make your home feel less cluttered, according to interior designers, painting your ceiling the same colour as the walls as it blurs the boundaries, creates infinity and will make the room feel so much bigger.

It’s also often worth investing in more stylish storage, but before you splash out, think about you really need, otherwise you’ll be back to making your home too busy and cluttered again. Naturally, we are always expanding our wardrobes or collecting more objects – incorporating extra space into your storage plan is essential to allow for growth.

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