This weekend I got a new coffee table and I needed to move a few things round to make room for it. As I was doing this, I gathered together a few things to recyle and throw away. When I had finished, I felt strangely pleased with life! It got me to thinking that there are so many benefits to de-cluttering. Here are just a few:
…. You save time as you can find things more easily – especially important as you are rushing out of the front door! … Cleaning becomes quicker and easier… You don’t get stressed when you cannot find something… You have more space to move and everything looks better…. You no longer need to be embarrassed by your clutter and won’t end up on a documentary!… When you open up a cupboard you’re not hit on the head by a deluge of junk ….. And perhaps most importantly, it frees up head space to think more clearly. It is so much easier to focus on what you are doing if your physical space is clean and clutter free.
Here are some of my favourite tried and tested de-clutter tips …. if you have any more, then please, drop me a line.
3 quick ways to de-clutter that make a real difference
1. Allocate one place for incoming papers. Papers create a lot of clutter and we can waste a lot of time looking for something. Post, receipts, bank statements, any paper that comes into the house (or office) goes in that one place. Gather together all papers in your house and put them in that one place.
2. Allocate a starting zone. Clear one small area, your kitchen table, hall cupboard, coffee table, top of book case – anywhere. De-clutter it and then don’t allow any clutter to enter that zone. Each day slowly expand that zone until you’ve done the whole house! (A notorious ‘horder’ friend of mine started with the telephone table in her hallway – which she told me felt manageable – and she ended up with a clutter free home!)
3. When you’re making tea, clean up the kitchen. If the kitchen is tidy, move onto the next room. It’s amazing what you can do in 3 minutes!
More of my favourite decluttering tips:
Schedule a de-cluttering blitz. Perhaps a day or weekend. Put it in your diary. Tell the family and get ready all the boxes and bags that you will need.
Clear out your medicine cabinet. Gather together all the medicines found across your house. Go through everything for the outdated stuff and throw it away. Keep everything left in one place. It saves time in an emergency or just when you have a bad headache.
De-clutter for 5 minutes every day. You’ll be surprised how much you can get done tackling it in small chunks.
De-clutter one room (including all drawers, cupboards etc.) before starting on the next one. You will enjoy being in that room, it will be much easier to keep clean and it will motivate you to do more.
Get some help. Ask a friend you trust to help you. They won’t have the same emotional attachment to stuff that you do.
Clear your desk. I can personally attest to the amazing feeling that a clean desk can give you. It’s such a simple thing to do, and yet it does so much for you.