If your New Year’s resolution is to become a tidier person, there’s no better place to start than your home. Homes reflect who we are as people, and it’s hard to start the New Year bright and hopeful when you have a messy home to return to.
Thankfully, there are loads of ways that you can start decluttering your house. But if you don’t know where to start, our decluttering tips will get you on your way to a much tidier home.
Declutter your home checklist:
- View your home through the eyes of a stranger
- Organise your belongings based on usage
- Start small
- Be smart with your storage
- Donate or sell clothes you don’t need
- Clear flat surfaces
- Pick up decluttering habits
View your home through the eyes of a stranger
It is easy to get accustomed to the sight of mess in your own home. Now might be a good time to reassess your home through the eyes of a visitor. If you were viewing your home as a guest, would you find it tidy? If the answer is no, write down some changes you would make.
Organise your belongings based on usage
Letting go of belongings can be difficult if they have sentimental value. But if you want to start decluttering your messy house, you need to be clinical.
The best way to start is to organise all of your belongings into piles – what items do you still use, what items may come in handy, and what items have you not used in years? Once you get to the bottom of this, you can start sorting through your clutter.
Decluttering and organising your home
Decluttering and organising your home is not a job you can do all at once. Spending loads of time decluttering your home might even get quite stressful. Instead, spend around 15 minutes a day doing small decluttering jobs to build your confidence to tackle more challenging areas of your home. Remember – slow and steady wins the race!
Be smart with your storage
After organising your belongings, you might find that you are still struggling for space to hold everything. We have looked at tips for making the most out of small spaces, and this is where good storage comes in handy. You can overcome this problem by using furniture that has a storage function, installing shelves, or introducing baskets that don’t ruin the look of your home.
Donate or sell clothes you don’t need
One of the fastest ways to declutter your home is to give away items you don’t need. There are loads of charity shops that would welcome things that you no longer need, from clothes to appliances. If you own something of real value, you can even make some money selling stuff online, through sites like eBay and vinted!
Clear flat surfaces
Make it a priority to keep all clear surfaces free of clutter. It can be tempting to overload countertops and desk spaces with your belongings, but overloading these flat surfaces makes your home look a lot messier than it is. Instead, put your belongings out of sight in a draw or cupboard – this will make your home look a lot more peaceful!
Pick up decluttering habits
Once you’ve figured out how to declutter your home, you need to pick up some habits to maintain it. This includes folding your clothes away when you’re finished wearing them, cleaning up dishes as soon as you’ve eaten, and filing away any documents once you are done using them.
It may feel like an inconvenience at the time, but developing these habits will save you a big tidy job in the long run.
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