6 things to do before decluttering your home
Clutter can be overwhelming, frustrating, and suffocating. I know, they’re big words, right? But it’s true. The real struggle of a messy or disorganised home is that it is so easy to ignore it and to let it get out of hand.
You get busy with work, life, family and everything else that demands your time. And before you know it, you are living out of masses of clutter on the daily.
It’s easy to get paralysed by the clutter and to give up. That’s why I wanted to take the time to share with you 6 things to remember when you are decluttering. Think of these tips as little nuggets of motivational hacks for decluttering.
Before you start
So before starting the whole process of decluttering and organizing your home, here are the tips I recommend for an easier time getting through it. Then, when you’re ready to get started, I highly recommend using a simple system taught in The Organized Home.
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1. Less is more
The first thing to remember when trying to declutter your home is that less is more. Yes, believe it. A chaotic, cluttered home often involves an accumulation of unnecessary items and products taking up valuable space, and even unwanted clothing pieces filling up the wardrobe.
So it takes the right mindset to truly declutter the home. After all, there’s no use in wanting to keep everything just because you can’t bear to get rid of it despite not having any use for it.
That’s where decluttering comes in. It gives us the opportunity to change our mindset and challenge the thought that having more will equate to being happier.
It can be truly liberating and life-changing when we decide to become content with less and follow it with actionable steps by decluttering our home effectively.
2. Beautiful or useful?
Whenever I’m decluttering, I always find asking myself, “Is this useful or beautiful?”.
This really helps to keep me in the right mindset. It comes from the classic minimalist approach that every item in your household should serve a practical purpose or bring joy to you in some way.
Asking this question will make it easier to differentiate between what is important and useful to you versus what sits there unused and taking up valuable space.
What to do if you are on the fence
If you’re still unsure about getting rid of something after putting it through this test, put it in the “maybe box” for three months and re-open it. Anything that didn’t get used in that time frame should be discarded, donated or put up for sale.
3. Declutter for a peaceful home
I find the best way to finally get it done is to remember why you’re decluttering your home. One of the best motivation to get it done for me is that I love a home that exudes a sense of calm and relaxation.
There is something relaxing about a decluttered home. It invokes a sense of calm, peace and happiness. It clears the mind and gives you a stress-reducing perspective (even if you are experiencing other life stressors).
Just by waking up to a home free of excessive build-up of “things” helps you to start the day with a positive mindset and a clear perspective.
5. Make room for what matters
This goes back to keeping only what is useful or beautiful, which means that you’re essentially making room in your home for what matters most.
Everywhere you look, something will bring you joy and a sense of calm because that is what you chose to keep in your home.
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One of my favourite things about having an organised and clutter free home is that it saves me time in my day to day life. And who doesn’t want to save time? Just by having a neat, tidy wardrobe, I can save a huge chunk of time by avoiding having to spend looking for something to wear or even some food item in the pantry.
There is a higher visibility of everything you need and that makes it easier to find. When you keep only the clothing items that you love to wear, that fit well and look good, it automatically becomes easier to pick out your outfit.
When your pantry is full of correctly labeled and stored items, you will have an easier time cooking meals and be more time-efficient.
Here are a few other things to remember before you begin decluttering your home.
- Remember the reason you’re doing this so that you don’t quit halfway. Stick with it. It will be worth the effort and time, I promise.
- Get help from the pros. If the clutter is getting out of control, and you don’t know where to begin, Hilary from Pulling Curls can help you. Hilary’s eBook The Organized Home will give you bite-sized realistic actionable steps to declutter every room in your house. Don’t leave the mess accumulating day after day. Click here to get started.
- Write down which rooms and areas in your home need decluttering and label them according to what needs the most urgent attention. If your kitchen is most in need of decluttering, label it 1. 2nd on the list could be one of the bedrooms or the bathroom.
- Focus on one room or space per day. Never attempt to declutter the whole house in an entire day. That is just unpleasant and you’re more than likely going to set yourself up for failure or burn out by doing so. Spend 2 to 3 hours in each room if necessary. If you need more time to declutter that area, try to allocate another day to finish off rather than spending the whole day on it. It’s really up to you if you want to spend the day finishing it off, but if you’re anything like me, you will find it easier to do it in small chunks.
- Don’t procrastinate. Working in small increments to declutter the whole house is a wise move, but don’t let that lead you to procrastinate.
- Avoid buying too many storage containers and organisers in the beginning. It is best to first sort your items and clothes before deciding on gorgeous organisers like this one and this one, that you will need to buy. The last thing you want is to have multiple storage containers that you purchased for the sake of organising your home, only to find you don’t need them at all.
I hope you found some of these pre-decluttering tips useful for getting started. Remember, the first step it always the hardest.
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