Nobody likes clutter especially my husband (lol). A room can be clean enough to eat your dinner off but if there are toys or any other items that are out of place / lying around it can make a room look messy. While clutter can be the result of untidiness (that’s normally due to my children most often at mine) it could also be a sign that you don’t have room for everything. If your house could do with a clear-out I know my sure could, then take a look at some of the following tips to make your home clutter-free in 2018.
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Dedicate A Day To Decluttering
If you’re serious about having a clutter-free home then you’re going to need a fair amount of time to do it. It’s much easier to focus on the task at hand when you’ve got nothing else planned. Weekends can be great for getting things done so set aside a Saturday or Sunday to tackle decluttering head on. Getting the rest of the family involved can help make it easier to get the task done faster. In some cases it can be an idea to do it when children are at school or asleep if your child doesn’t like to throw things out. One of my daughters has already asked me to do this as she can’t bare to part with anything even clothing she has outgrown.
It can be difficult to get rid of things. You find yourself asking if you’ll miss that item or try to justify why you need it. Adjust your thinking and instead ask yourself more ruthless questions to help you declutter. If you haven’t used an item in over a year, it’s never come out of the box, or you simply don’t like an item (like an unwanted Christmas gift) – it’s time let to go (cue the song from frozen which I now have playing on a loop in my head as I am will some of you).
Have A Disposal Strategy In Place
It’s all well and good deciding what to throw out, but what are you going to do with the stash once it’s all been piled high? It makes sense to divide your items up into categories based on their condition and so on. Items that are new or barely used have the potential to do well on eBay; others could be donated to charity while you could consider recycling others or offering them for free on sites like freecyle or gumtree. There are a lot of people who use the internet to get rid of their unwanted household items and using a good shipping service will help make it a less painful process. If you’re looking for a good solution then read Shiply’s reviews to show you why they’re a top choice to help you get rid of your unwanted goods. They come highly recommended by my husband and some of his friends who have all used them so know from first hand experience. Selling your unwanted items could help give you some extra money which could be put towards some great new storage furniture or treating the family.
Adopt A One-In, One-Out Policy
Even after decluttering your home it can be easy to fall back into bad habits. Rather than having to repeat the process again in six months or a year start changing your habits at home. When it comes to clothing or shoes for example, a ‘one-in, one-out’ policy can make all the difference. Consider using clothes or mobile phone recycling programmes to make it a bit easier to get rid of individual items. That way you’ll reduce the task of getting rid of your unwanted goods while also stopping yourself from bringing too much back into your home.
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Decluttering is a great way to work towards the tidy home, tidy mind philosophy. With everything having its own place your home will look more spacious and you’ll make it easier to find the things that you need. Why not get 2018 off to a clutter-free start and see if you can make your new habits last the year.
Will you be decluttering for the new Year?
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