If you are passionate about your decor, love injecting a bit of personality in your home, and enjoy living in a haven of tranquility, the chances are that you love nothing more than bright, airy spaces. However, when your little cherubs come along, you may find that your peaceful environment morphs into something much more chaotic. This can result in messy living spaces, kids toys strewn across every room, and a severe lack of storage. This can also have a detrimental effect on your physical well being and mental health, as your surroundings impact on your immediate mood and demeanor. If you are keen to declutter, you need to master the art of organizing your home
If you are embarking on a decluttering mission, you need to go room by room or section by section like the famous ‘Marie Condo’ method I spoke about during my interview on BBC WM radio and TV. Never start sorting out a room, only to get bored and move onto another. This results in many rooms half sorted and can lead to further mess and clutter. Instead, take a clipboard and some paper, and make three lists. You will have a donate list, a clear-out list, and a keep list. Anything sentimental can be kept hold of, but it’s a good idea to store it away in an attic space or garage. If you don’t have excess spaces to keep your items safe, consider local self storage units that are secure and accessible at all hours. This gives you offsite storage meaning your home can remain clear and airy.
If you haven’t used an item for a year or more, it’s a good idea to get rid of it. Selling your unwanted things will generate a bit of cash and can help you to save for home renovations or simply top up your savings account for future purposes or retirement.
If you want to keep some items at home, they need to find a place to live. Your kids’ toys cannot simply be kept in a basket by the side of the TV or fill up and spill over your open shelving unit. Being on display means that they maintain a sense of clutter within your living spaces. Instead, hide them away. Get a toy box that can act as a seat to provide a multi-functional piece of furniture. Consider ottoman footstools with storage within them, and think about shelving units with inbuilt cupboards. When you remove items from sight, your rooms will naturally appear more spacious and less cluttered.
Ebay and selling sites
If you are keen to make a bit of money from your decluttering mission, eBay is perfect. Here, you can list your ‘junk’ which can turn into another person’s treasure. Ensure that you utilize all of the photos that you possibly can, be accurate in your item descriptions, and list any flaws. Being honest is crucial to ensure that you receive positive feedback on any transactions and sales. You can even use sites such as Depop for any clothes you want to sell and now Facebook market!
Decluttering can be difficult, especially if you are used to hoarding items and having a cluttered living space. Follow this guide, keep your interiors spacious and enjoy an improvement in your mental and physical well being.
Thank you for reading! Let me know if these steps help you with your decluttering journey!