With September being an exciting new point in my life – see September’s New Start – I decided to sort out my home by decluttering to produce a tidy and fresh living space.
I am loving the difference that decluttering and simplifying has made to not only my home, but also my mind and mood each day. So here is how I decluttered my messy home,photos of the end result and my ten tips to declutter your home.
It took 4 days but my home is looking more spacious, tidier and cleaner. I took every item out of cupboards, drawers, shelves and placed them on the floor, which produced more mess than I had before I started and made me wonder what I had started. However, I couldn’t leave it like that so I then had the task of sorting them into piles – keeping, binning, selling and charity. This was quite hard but I found it best to go with a gut reaction as I picked each item up because if I spent too long thinking about it, I would have probably kept it all.
By the time that I had finished, a quarter to a third of my clothing, books, photos, kitchen goods, toys, bedding and household goods were gone. In total, I did 5 trips to the tip, took 60kg of clothes to cash4clothes, 6 trips to the charity shop, 150 books to a secondhand bookshop and had posted many items off to people around the country. My house looked transformed and I had an extra £360 in my pocket to spend on our caravan holiday.
This is how my home looks now:
I love having more space and it is so much easier to keep tidy and clean, even with having a house full of children.
My ten tips to declutter your home:
- Start when you have a few days free so that you can keep going while you are motivated.
- Ensure that your children and partner are not in the house with you as they may have different opinions on the items to you and then it will be harder to get rid of things that you want to.
- Take everything out of every cupboard, wardrobe or drawer even though it may look worse to start with.
- Allocate each corner of the room you are decluttering, with the following – keeping, binning, giving away and selling.
- When going through your items, decide if it brings you anything positive to your life. If it does, keep it. If it doesn’t, put it into one of the other piles.
- Don’t keep anything that reminds you of a negative time or a person that you don’t want to think of.
- Don’t keep anything because you feel you ought to (including gifts or unworn items of clothing). Be brave and put it into the binning, giving away or selling pile.
- Once you have your four piles, put the keeping pile away and bag up the other piles. If they are bagged up, you are less likely to look through them again and change your mind.
- When you have enough for a tip or charity run, put the bags in the car and take them, otherwise you will have a house full of piles of bags which will demotivate you.
- Take breaks if you find yourself getting overwhelmed and keep the end in mind. It will be worth it!
I haven’t discussed how I organised my items that I kept, but I will do a future blog post on this, which will include photos of the insides of the cupboards, wardrobes or drawers.
Happy decluttering 🙂