A quick guide - how to declutter

What is clutter?  

Clutter is anything that you’ve been meaning to sort out for probably ages, but have somehow not quite got around to.  If you spend too much time looking for things or buying duplicates,  you know it's time to organise or declutter your home.

Discover your clutter hot spots

Look around your home and identify the rooms on your home that are the most cluttered.  Find the areas that aren’t working, maybe it’s the hallway, your wardrobe or some paperwork.  Think about the other people in your home - how they would benefit from a decluttered environment. Write a list in order of their importance and then tackle each room in that order.

Be realistic in your expectations

Decluttering can be a slow job.  If it took several years for the clutter to build up, then it probably won’t be finished in a few hours.  Be kind to yourself and accept that it will take time. 

Set some time aside

Make an appointment with yourself in your diary - it could be an hour, an afternoon or even a day.  Go on, write it down.  It doesn’t matter how long it is as long as you stick to it.  When the time is nearly finished, tidy up, put away and then STOP.

Gather your supplies

You will need a supply of rubbish bags.  It will also help to have an empty car boot, if you are taking items to the charity shop.

Start with the easy stuff

Many people think that decluttering is difficult, and that it’s going to be a painful process.  It doesn’t have to be!  When you start to declutter, begin with the straightforward items that don’t need a difficult decision. It might be that any newspapers go in the recycling bin, or the clothes you KNOW don’t find.  The most important thing is to start!

Choose whether you are going to keep the item - a ‘yes’, a ‘no’ or if you can’t quite make a decision it’s ‘maybe’.  It’s perfectly OK to have ‘maybe’ items. 

Dispose of unwanted clutter

When you have finished your session, deal with what is left.  Take the bags for charity out of the house as soon as you can.  If you have a car, put them in their immediately. Take out the recycling ready for the next collection.

Organise what’s left

Rearranging or disposing of unused pieces of furniture can make a huge difference to your space, so only keep what you love and use.

Look at the storage you have already

You may find that you don’t need to buy any more just use it efficiently.

Adopt new habits and routines

Apply the principle of ‘one in, one out’.  That means every time you buy a new pair of shoes, you make a conscious decision to let go of another item in your wardrobe. Hang your keys in a designated place, so you can always find them. 

Congratulate yourself! 


That's brilliant, you'e made a great start on decluttering your life!

Staying decluttered

Being decluttered is a way of life, not something you do just once!  The more small pieces of effort you put in on a daily basis, the easier it will be to maintain that clutter-free home!

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