De-cluttering tips

Wednesday, 11th April, 2012

Easter is another one of those times in the year when people feel the need to set goals / make a fresh start.

I’ve recently been having a clothing clear-out, although with the weather extremes lately, it’s difficult to know whether I still need my winter wardrobe!

I know it’s one thing to think about de-cluttering and something else to actually do it. But thinking about what’s going to motivate you to do it is a start.

For me it will be about having the end result in mind – what will the wardrobe (and the recovered space under my bed!) look like when I’ve finished? It could be this for you, or perhaps it’s about other spaces in the house. How do you want the bookcases, the spare room, the garage, the kitchen or your desk to look when you’re done?

Here are some tips I’ve found useful when de-cluttering:

1. Know what you’re aiming for. Create a visual image if this helps, and be realistic.

2. Don’t try to do it all at once. Whilst coaching several people towards de-cluttering their households, small steps have usually worked best. Perhaps go for one room per week.

3. Enjoy the new space you’ve created for a while. Rather than immediately fill up the space you’ve created with new things, think strategically about adding new stuff if that’s what you want to do.

4. Think of productive things to do with the stuff you don’t want. Recycling or charities are a good start, but you may have other ideas. This way, not only will you have cleared your “clutter” but someone else will benefit too!

Are you having any spring cleaning or de-cluttering urges yet?

Do you have a plan or any useful tips you can share?


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