How to declutter your home in eight simple steps

-Jul 17, Hannah Hargrave, Living -

A cluttered home doesn’t just mess with your interior design it can get your mind in a muddle and increase your stress levels too. But if you’re not a naturally tidy person or you have a habit of hoarding, decluttering your home can seem like a mammoth mission. To help we’ve come up with some simple steps you can take to make your home that bit clearer.

Clear surfaces, no stacks of post and a fridge free from children’s drawings or handwritten reminders – sounds like a dream! But actually it can be a reality. 

Although a clutter free home won’t happen overnight there are things you can do which will slowly start steering you and your house in the right direction.

1. Make a list

Who doesn’t love ticking items off their to-do list? You get that same rush with a declutter list too. Clearly writing out the tasks ahead of you will not only help you clarify what needs to be done but it will give you a deeper sense of satisfaction when you complete them too.

Related: Write your to-do list this way for a less stressful day

2. Start small

Attempting to overhaul your home and declutter in one foul swoop is overwhelming to most people. Instead dedicated ten minutes per day to any one particular task. Slowly but surely you’ll see a difference.

3. One touch 

Paperwork can quickly pile up and when it does you don’t want to touch it. So try to implement a ‘one-touch’ rule where you sort your post or paperwork the moment it arrives. Leaving it to linger won’t make it go away, it’ll just play on your mind instead. 

4. Clutter box

There are always places where clutter has a nasty habit of accumulating; the bottom of the stairs or the kitchen table are firm favourites. Put a ‘clutter box’ in those places and when they’re full make sure it gets sorted and everything gets put away.

5. A bag-a-day

Filling a bag-a-day with things you no longer need might sound like a lot but you’ll be amazed at just how much unnecessary stuff you’re holding on to. Make it your mission to pack up and clear out a carrier bag of items each day until you feel your home is looking a lot clearer.

6. Keep, donate or throw away

Knowing where to start can be half the battle of decluttering so just pick a room and have three boxes or piles. One for things you want to keep, one for stuff you will donate and another for things you are going to throw away.

7. One in, one out

You’ve probably heard of the one-in, one-out rule for your wardrobe but you can apply that to other areas of your life too. The process of buy one thing, but getting rid of another will stop your home getting cluttered with stuff you simply don’t use.

Related: Why what you wear can impact your wellbeing

8. Challenge yourself

Decluttering can be fun when you make challenges for yourself. For example Project 333’s Carver Courtney challenged people to wear only 33 articles of clothing for 3 months. You don’t have to stick to her suggestion but learning to live with less is a great way of reducing the mess in your home and instilling some gratitude along the way too.

If you enjoyed this article you might also like to know why having a clean bedroom can help you sleep and how you can spring clean your life in just one weekend.

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