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5 Steps to Declutter your Home

5 Steps to Declutter your Home


You’ve made that all important decision to declutter your home - fantastic!    You’re motivated and ready to organise but still a little apprehensive about where or how to begin.   So let’s take a look at how to make it happen!

1. Make it manageable

If you are juggling work, school, children and a myriad of other responsibilities it is not going to be realistic to set aside entire day/s to organise your house.   It also takes a special person to have the energy and focus to spend an entire day organising.  It makes much more sense to schedule a manageable amount of time for one project or space and ensure you write down the day and time in your diary and commit to it!.

2. Attack what’s nagging at you daily 

Choose an area that nags you daily.   By seeing the fruits of your labour from the beginning of your decluttering war you will feel more motivated to continue.   You now know you’ve got this when you can see the result!   

3. Ask yourself three simple questions 

Organising requires you to think about what’s really important to you, what you really love and want  to keep moving forward and to make decisions based on the conclusions you reach.  

4. Use four boxes and ensure you complete the task as you go

These four boxes will go with you on your decluttering journey throughout your home!  Label the bins Keep, Sell, Donate, Toss and use the bins to keep you on decluttering track.   Once you have completed each project and the bins have items in them ensure you complete the task.  Take the toss items out to the rubbish or recycling immediately.  Put the items for donation in your car for dropping off.  Find a space for the keep items.  Photograph and list the items for sale.

5. Three year rule

Seriously, I am being extremely generous here!!  If you haven’t used it for three years, more than likely you won’t use it again - get rid of it!.   

Finally and very importantly please remember - It’s not about perfection and striving for that will lead to disappointment!  The following quote sums it up beautifully.  Remember you live in your home, it’s not a house from a carefully staged and perfected magazine shoot. 

"Organisation isn't about perfection; it's about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter, saving time and money and improving your overall quality of life" - Christina Scales.