Spring Clean – Effective Decluttering
Spring is well and truly here, the clocks have gone forward and the weather is improving so what better time is there for a good spring clean and some truly effective decluttering of your home. This is even more true if you are planning on moving soon – there is no point in moving junk from one home to another only for it to take up loft or garage space again! We can also offer temporary or more long term storage if required.
Once you have made the decision to declutter, it can seem like a huge, over-whelming job so here are some tips to help you along the way.
Firstly, make a list. Write down the areas in your home that need attention as well as specific tasks such as sorting out the wardrobes or packing away your winter clothes.
Don’t view it as one big job, look at it as manageable tasks. With the best will in the world, very few people have the energy or attention span to effectively do a whole house in a day so break it down into bitesize chunks. It is much better to do an intensive 5 or 10 minutes in amongst other activities rather than spending an hour procrastinating.
If you are working to a shorter timescale and need to get it done quickly then try taking one room at a time. Once that room is done then make sure it stays tidy while you are sorting the other rooms. That way, before you know it the decluttered rooms will start to outnumber the cluttered ones.
Another way to break it down is to set yourself the task of filling one rubbish bag or charity bag. Take the empty bag and keep going until it has been filled. Alternatively, simply pick up 5 things and find them a home or throw them away.
Paperwork is a major cause of clutter so this is a good thing to get organised. Create a filing system for your papers and use it. As soon as any incoming papers arrive, sort them out into rubbish/recycling, things to keep (file them straight away) or things to be dealt with. Make sure you then deal with them and file them in the relevant place.
Many of us have broken things around the home that we keep hold of as we are planning to get them fixed. Set a deadline for these things. If you miss the deadline then the likelihood is you don’t really need it anyway so is it worth getting fixed? If it is something you use regularly then you will sort it quickly as you don’t want to manage without it.
Unless you live alone then you won’t be able to manage all of this alone and shouldn’t have to. Talk to your partner/children/housemates etc. and ask for their help. Also try to agree that everyone that lives in your home will take responsibility for putting their own things away to avoid more clutter in the future. Even if the children can put their things away after use and keep their bedrooms tidy, it will be a huge help.
If you are doing this ready for a move, once you move into your new house apply the same rules. As you unpack your now streamlined belongings, find everything a home and put it there. As you unpack each box, don’t be tempted to leave half of it until you decide where to put it. Make a decision and find things a home.
Soon you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your brand new, clutter free home!