The Psychological benefits of decluttering have been well documented according to Marie Kondo, an organizing consultant. Marie who loves tidying up and decluttering says it can become addictive.
In order to successfully declutter you have to enjoy doing it, so get into the right mindset and do it. Slowly, start with short periods of time less than 20 minutes a day.
Do a short declutter every day and try to give something away to the charity shop or a friend. This will encourage you to continue with small steps.
Try to view your home impartially as a person or friend coming for the first time. Some people get a friend to help them.
After two weeks your home will be more manageable and of course much less cluttered.
Time to start on your wardrobe. Go through and take out every item that has not been worn for two years. These should be either sold or given to the charity shop. This will help the remaining contents of your wardrobe to be easily found when you are looking for them.
Anything that no longer fits should be sent to the charity shop.
You have finished the wardrobe and this is a major milestone, so give yourself a treat, maybe a new outfit.
We all know people who are hoarders and it is important to get rid of things while we can do it. Get advice from the storage shop on how to better organize your closet, there are many different ways. Take photos of different strategies and use as a template, it doesn’t just end with decluttering.
Because this is happening in stages you are now finding decluttering much easier. The kitchen is another area where stuff tends to ‘ collect’, it is now time to declutter the kitchen. Remember you only need one good dinner set and one casual set.
Get a box to fill with items to donate, anything you no longer need goes into them. You will find the kitchen declutter frees up a lot of space and it gives the opportunity to organize what is left.
Although the kitchen cupboards appear a bit empty, it allows you options. The saucepan cupboard will need reorganizing and there will be old stuff to throw out.
This should be done while the child is at school, as it prevents the child from bringing their stuff back in.
Start with bookcase, any torn or defaced books go into rubbish. Keep old or valued books, but be ruthless with sentimental stuff.
Clothing drawer, remove clothes that no longer fit the child. Once again these go to the charity shop. Go through the wardrobe and do the same with clothes. Rationalize storage space and put everything away.
Start on toys, throw away all broken toys. Give away unused and unwanted toys to the charity store. Put the remaining toys neatly into plastic bins and leave in the child’s room. Store all shoes in the bottom of the closet in neat rows.
Mount a corkboard on the wall for your child to pin special artwork done at school.
Because this is a room used by everyone it becomes untidy. Remove all old newspapers and magazines, there should be nothing left.
If you want to keep old magazines consider donating to the doctor’s surgery, where you can reread them. There should not be any toys in the family room to remove them from the Child’s bedroom. Throw out any old stained cushions and consider replacing them.
Look under couches and under cushions for old coins and rubbish. Vacuum upholstery to get rid of animal hair. Remove any chipped ornament and ashtrays, no one smokes now. Audit Artwork and only keep paintings that are valuable and that you really love.
Now that you are nearly finished it is time to put in place some strategies to keep it that way. Everything looks fresher and lighter, and you have found stuff that you haven’t seen for years. So now is the time to make an audit list for every room, just a simple tick list with boxes. Each week you can audit where you are with clutter and keep it under control by getting rid of junk.