5 Easy Steps to a Clutter Free Home
The biggest thing on everyone’s mind at the moment is “How to declutter your life or your home?” But the real question is “Where or even how do you start?” It always seems like a daunting never-ending task that you just don’t want to master. Well, there’s no need to stress anymore because we have come up with 5 easy steps to get you started in having a clutter-free home.
1. Determine your Vision.
The best place to start is to visualise what your ideal space looks like. Write it down or you could even create a vision board because once you can physically see it, it makes it easier to make your vision a reality. Work on one room at a time and be as detailed as possible. Statements like “I want less clutter” or “I want this place to be clean” are very vague. You need a plan of where you want to be so you can still be focused and motivated because you know exactly what the end looks like. Write down statements like “I want my desk to be clear of loose papers and unwanted items, the only things on my desk should be my computer and some stationary that I use often.” or “The coffee table should only contain the coasters, some flowers or centrepiece and one magazine.” These statements give you a clearer vision and makes your goal easier to become a reality.
2. Gather the right tools.
Having the right tools are important in helping you accomplish your goal of a clutter-free home. If you have the right tools your process will be easy. Firstly, you will need big black trash bags for the things you will throw away. We advise on black ones because once the item is in the bag you can no longer see it and once it is out of sight it is out of mind and it will stop you from taking it back out to re-clutter your place. The next tool is a large box for the things you can give a new home to and donate, such as old clothes that still have wear out of them, but you no longer like. “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.” The last tool is a large basket for the items that don’t belong in the room you are tidying so you can later return them back to where they belong.
3. Sort it out
Pick a room you want to start with and then sort all your items in that room into categories. Clothes in one pile, books another, papers, toys etc. Don’t make decisions on what stays and goes just yet just pull everything out and put them into piles so you can visually see every single item you own in that room. Once you have done that, work through one pile at a time and then sort them into subcategories. Throw all the rubbish into the black bags, and then things that don’t belong in that room into the basket to later be returned.
4. Discard or repurpose
Now that you have sorted everything into their different piles, it is time to begin the real decluttering moment. Going through one category at a time and ask yourself “Does this item spark joy? Do I really like this? Do I still use this?” If there is no immediate YES to any of those questions, then you need to either donate it or throw it away. There’s no point holding onto things out of guilt because they were a gift or because they were expensive, or even if you think you may use it one day. Holding onto things you don’t like or use just takes up unwanted space and contributes to the clutter and then you’re back at square one.
5. Give the rest a home
Once you have finished discarding all of your unwanted items it’s now time to sort out the things you want to keep. It is important to do this last because how will you know what goes where when you don’t know what is staying or going yet. If it already has a home when it is not in use, then it’s a no-brainer to put it back and make it a habit to always put it away when it’s not in use. If it doesn’t have a particular home, then you will need to create one so then it doesn’t go back to cluttering up your home again. If you have a family or live with others also inform them of the homes for the different items so then they can help to keeping the home clutter-free. Set yourself up for continued success by giving each item a permanent home.
If you haven’t heard of The Konmari Method yet, then we suggest you look it up because Marie Kondo has some amazing tips to help you to not only tidy your home, but you can also apply some of the advice to your life. Her biggest thing is if it doesn’t spark joy then throw it away. There is no point keeping things in your life that don’t spark joy.