De-clutter Your Home Creatively!
Winter weather and darker evenings when gardening is not such an attractive proposition is my cue to start my annual de-clutter. It’s amazing just how much ‘stuff’ you can collect over a year. Before you know it, every cupboard is crammed full and the garage is bursting at the seams.
Don’t despair; here are some creative, stress-free ways to de-clutter your home to make room for the gifts you’ll receive at Christmas!
1. Make a list Begin by making a list of every area in your house that needs tidying up and de-cluttering. This list can be as complicated or simple as you like. You could just list rooms or break things down further by listing areas within rooms.
2. Take ten minutes De-cluttering doesn’t have to be a massive undertaking. Using your list, take ten minutes out of each day to sort out one drawer or cupboard until you’ve cleared the whole house.
3. Giveaways If you are in no hurry to clear out your clutter, try taking a few unwanted items to a local charity shop or just giving something away each day; books, CDs, clothes and toys are great for this as are unwanted items of kitchenalia. You can be sure that someone will happily find a use for virtually everything.
4. Fill up one bin bag Take a large rubbish bag and spend 10 minutes filling it with trash that can be recycled; magazines, old brochures and superfluous paperwork are notorious for gathering dust and taking up space.
5. Wardrobe hanger experiment If your wardrobe is crammed with clothes you simply can’t bear to part with, try this experiment. Hang everything with the hangers in the reverse direction. Each time you wear something, put it back in the wardrobe with the hanger facing the correct way. After a few months, you’ll have a clear picture of what you seldom wear and it’s time for another trip to the charity shop!
6. Take four boxes … This is a fun way to get the whole family involved in the de-cluttering exercise. Take four large boxes and place them in the area you’re going to de-clutter. Label the boxes; ‘Rubbish’, ‘Keep’, ‘Give Away’ and ‘Relocate’. Now go through every item of clutter in the room, consider each carefully and then place it in one of the boxes. This is a great way of sorting things out in an orderly fashion and it really makes you prioritise what you need and what’s just unnecessary clutter.
No matter what you do to get started, the goal is for you to take your first step towards organisation and a clutter-free home. How you choose to do it is up to you!
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About Alison Page
Alison is a small business owner, freelance writer, author and dressage judge. She has degrees in Equine Science and Business Studies. Read her full story at http://www.theladywriter.co.uk