Ten tips to declutter your home

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:

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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:

  1. Start when you have a few days free so that you can keep going while you are motivated.
  2. 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.
  3. Take everything out of every cupboard, wardrobe or drawer even though it may look worse to start with.
  4. Allocate each corner of the room you are decluttering, with the following – keeping, binning, giving away and selling.
  5. 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.
  6. Don’t keep anything that reminds you of a negative time or a person that you don’t want to think of.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 🙂

You Baby Me Mummy

31 Comments on Ten tips to declutter your home

  1. Edith Swanson
    October 23, 2015 at 9:37 am (9 months ago)

    Great tips, Janette! I believe that an organized home is also a clean one. I also recommend taking breaks – there should be no rush on cleaning day.

  2. StressedMum
    September 26, 2015 at 3:32 pm (10 months ago)

    Some great tips here, I am a horder and it drives my husband mad, it does me as well if I am honest. If he hasn’t decided to de-clutter. I will get into sort out mode and anything and everything gets thrown out, or put away and I sit and look at my lovely clean and tidy room, and then my husband and daughter hit it and the circle starts again x
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  3. Hannah Parker
    September 24, 2015 at 8:07 pm (10 months ago)

    Great tips! I wrote about decluttering last week too – great minds…or is it that new year vibe that September brings?! The difference is that you’re writing with experience (your house looks amazing!!) and I’m writing from an “In the middle it” angle. Your first point is especially poignant – I should have kept going when I was winning with my clothes! Now the dreaded miscellaneous pile is feeling really daunting! Thanks for linking up to #TheList xxx
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  4. Charlene
    September 22, 2015 at 11:52 am (10 months ago)

    My goodness, your house looks amazing, especially the kitchen – it’s like a show home. I love number 6. Let it go!
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  5. Ana De- Jesus
    September 22, 2015 at 11:48 am (10 months ago)

    Nothing better than a good old spring clean to keep your house in order. It looks so fresh and organized I need to do that too!
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  6. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)
    September 21, 2015 at 8:56 pm (10 months ago)

    Love how tidy your house looks. I’m just starting the process of decluttering mine (took two bags to the charity shop this morning) and am slowly chipping away at it all. I think you’re right that the trick is to go with your gut instinct and not think about it too long, otherwise you end up keeping stuff you really don’t need. Thank you for sharing your tips, will be taking them on board 🙂
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  7. Jane
    September 21, 2015 at 8:02 am (10 months ago)

    You are such an inspiration! I really must take some of your great advice and begin to seriously declutter – I’ve got 4 children and I know exactly what it is to be over whelmed by ‘stuff’. Great post!
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  8. Aly
    September 20, 2015 at 8:01 pm (10 months ago)

    I’ve been doing this for over a year since we moved house.It took 9 months to unpack all the boxes we moved in with, we didn’t have much notice when moving so I had no time to declutter.It’s definitely a life changer, just have to keep it up.
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  9. kay
    September 20, 2015 at 11:08 am (10 months ago)

    I love this post, cleaning excites me… sad I know! I have just had my son via c-section and I am desperate to give my house a good clean and organise but my hubby has given me strict instructions to sit on my bum and let him do it… except he does it all wrong lol! xxx
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  10. Jude
    September 20, 2015 at 8:01 am (10 months ago)

    Fab tips, this is something I try to do regularly but it’s an on going battle isn’t it? Amazing how fast ‘stuff’ accumulates at home. Great post. #thelist
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  11. Emma T
    September 19, 2015 at 10:30 pm (10 months ago)

    I’m in the middle of decluttering using the KonMari method. Clothes, books and dvds/games done. It’s just the rest of the stuff now.

    Yours looks immaculate. What I’ll need to work on is getting the OH and N to tidy up after themselves
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  12. Alex
    September 19, 2015 at 7:55 pm (10 months ago)

    your house looks immaculate! I need to take on board every single thing you’ve suggested as my house is pretty cluttered. The husband will love me if I do this! X
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  13. Hannah Atkinson
    September 19, 2015 at 7:10 pm (10 months ago)

    wow! Your house looks fabulous and you have 6 kids! I really need to do this. I have so much to sell but no motivation to do it. Hopefully this is it as I can’t face Christmas and then small man’s birthday with all the clutter. Fab tips
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  14. Zena's Suitcase
    September 19, 2015 at 7:05 pm (10 months ago)

    I really need to do this. I think it would make my life a lot easier and I would feel better too. You may just have inspired me to get on with it

  15. Megan - Truly Madly Kids
    September 19, 2015 at 2:59 pm (10 months ago)

    Can you come to my house?! Fabulous tips and I love your motivation and determination to get a job done. I totally agree with pulling everything out and then being a bit ruthless. I had a huge chuck out from our playroom the other day – bags of stuff went!! #weekendbloghop
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  16. Jodie Allen at Budget Beauty and Babies
    September 19, 2015 at 9:07 am (10 months ago)

    i LOVE a good declutter. Makes me feel so refreshed. Sounds crazy but i just love throwing stuff away! haha. Very liberating… and less clutter means less to clean! woohoo #weekendblogshare

  17. Rachel Hirst (Umeandthekids)
    September 18, 2015 at 10:56 pm (11 months ago)

    Thanks for the great tips. My home is too small and everyone is getting too big inside it so I can not afford to have clutter around. Your house looks clutter free and tidy. I don’t know how you do it with 6 kids! #superwoman
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  18. Jade Priscilla
    September 18, 2015 at 10:55 pm (11 months ago)

    Your home is so tidy, I am due a de-clutter. It is so satisfying once all the old toys and now to small tops and trousers are put away, with Christmas coming so very soon it is the best time to sort through everything! 🙂 x

  19. LadyNicci
    September 18, 2015 at 4:40 pm (11 months ago)

    Have you been reading that Konmari book thingy about only keeping things that spark joy?! Our group has a thread on it in the Irish Parenting bloggers and everyone is obsessed. But they all have lovely clean homes, just like yours. Great job!
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  20. Louise Fairweather
    September 18, 2015 at 4:18 pm (11 months ago)

    Great advice. I am on a decluttering mission and have been most of the year. You are so right about the husband and kids! They wont let me get rid of their stuff if they can see it. x
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  21. Helen C
    September 18, 2015 at 4:01 pm (11 months ago)

    Great tips! I’ve been putting off decluttering but your post has inspired me. Thank you! Hx #TheList
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  22. Kerry (@Ohsoamelia_blog)
    September 18, 2015 at 3:30 pm (11 months ago)

    Great tips! I love de-cluttering and recently had a big clear out although I could probably do with having another one! xx

  23. Ronke
    September 18, 2015 at 3:11 pm (11 months ago)

    I haven’t done my annual spring clean yet and your post has reminded me that I need to do it ASAP. Aside from the fact that it makes the house look lovely it also just feels so good, almost like a decluttering of the mind. Out with the old and space for new…or just space. Great tips!
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  24. Laura's Lovely Blog
    September 18, 2015 at 2:59 pm (11 months ago)

    I have home envy! Your house looks beautifully ordered. I think one of my biggest problems is finding the time to do this – i need my family to go away for a few days I think. I read somewhere to try a bag a day so I may try that. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    #thelist
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  25. Ness @ JibberJabberUK
    September 18, 2015 at 11:23 am (11 months ago)

    I’ve been this recently now both of my children are at school. I have to make sure I am in a really ruthless mood!
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  26. Zoe Alicia
    September 18, 2015 at 11:19 am (11 months ago)

    Oh my goodness, I can’t believe how tidy everything is! I’m not a mum and I can barely keep my room tidy for 24hrs after I declutter it, despite my best intentions.
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  27. Kirsten Toyne
    September 18, 2015 at 8:09 am (11 months ago)

    Hi Janette. I love decluttering. It makes me feel better and lighter too. I think it also helps because we can easily spend so much time just moving stuff from one place to another. Great post. Thanks. Kirsten
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