10 Practical Tips to Declutter Your Home

October 3, 2019

Look around you. Is there clutter and disorganization all around? Are your surroundings tidy, but your cupboards and drawers at bursting point? The fact is that clutter can affect both your physical and mental wellbeing if it becomes unmanageable.

Decluttering can help to restore balance in your home, body, and mind. By removing the items you no longer need or don't need right now, your living spaces suddenly become more inviting and homely and your mind more focused.

Whether you are decluttering to make life a little easier and more organized or as part of downsizing plans, it doesn't need to be a challenge. In this article, we'll take a look at some of the ways storage can help you to not only declutter efficiently but make it a rewarding experience, too.

1. Have a Plan

Before you get started with your decluttering project, make a plan. This can be written, in your head or even on a decluttering app - yes they do exist! On your plan, include the number of rooms you plan to declutter, the order of priority and the date you plan to complete each room. As you complete each room, mark it off from your list and move onto the next.

2. Work in Reverse

Not sure where to start? Work in reverse. Ask yourself, what would you replace if you were to lose absolutely everything? Would it be that stack of old magazines you haven't looked at in years? Would it be the old box of obsolete power leads taking up space in your wardrobe? Possibly not, and asking yourself this question can be very helpful when sorting the essentials from the surplus.

3. Tackle One Room at a Time

If you are decluttering an entire house, it can seem like such a daunting task and you may be feeling anxious about how or where to start. A great way to feel like you are making good progress is to complete one room at a time. Prioritise each room, maybe starting with your bedroom first. This is the room where you will spend the most time and waking up to a clean and tidy room can set you up for the day ahead, whether you are decluttering more rooms or doing something else.

4. Invest in Packing Boxes

Whether you choose to pack away items and store them at home or you are considering using a storage solution, having a selection of sturdy packing boxes will ensure everything is packed away neatly and labeled correctly, ready for when you need it again. These boxes will also be perfect if you plan to use the three-box sorting method. More on that below.

5. Take Three Boxes

As you move from room to room, you'll need a system to help you sort things efficiently and keep everything organized. The three-box method is one of the most popular decluttering sorting methods and once you use it you'll wonder why you didn't use it before. Simply gather three boxes and label them as follows:

  • Keep - This box is for things you wish to keep, but which are to be put away in a cupboard or drawer or designated a more suitable position in your home.
  • Throw - Use this box for any items you wish to throw, sell or give away.
  • Store - Make an inventory of everything you wish to store, and either find somewhere in the house to store it neatly or consider using a local storage company.

6. Come On, Be Brutal

Struggling to get rid of items? Waiting for those bell-bottom jeans to come back into fashion or hoping to take up Tae Kwando again? Be honest and be brutal. If you haven't worn certain clothes for a year or used sporting equipment since your high school years, it's time to throw or store. If you really can't bear to see the back of things for good, storage is the interim solution.

7. Donating - The Feel-Good Factor

Of course, not everything you declutter needs to be thrown away. Many of the items you no longer need could still have years of wear or life left in them. Why not consider giving items away to charity or thrift stores in your local area? This not only rids you of the items, but also makes you feel good knowing that somebody else will benefit from the things you no longer want or need. Just make sure you stay out of those stores for a few weeks so there is no danger of you buying your own items back!

8. Use the 80/20 Rule

Did you know that when it comes to clothing, we generally only wear 20 percent of the items we own 80 percent of the time? You can also apply this rule to other items around the home, including computer parts, books, DVDs, computer games, toys and more. Aim to get rid of the items you only use 20 percent of the time or less.

9. Consider Local Storage

If there are items you simply cannot bear to part with or that you don't plan to use for a while, using a local storage facility will put those items neatly out of sight, but not completely out of mind. The great thing about using a storage facility is that you can choose the amount of storage you need, access your unit whenever you need to and have peace of mind that your items are safe, secure and in safe hands.

10. Well Done You Did It...

...but hold it right there. Before you congratulate yourself and sit back and relax in your brighter, cleaner and inviting living spaces, take a small pause for thought. Do you really want to go through this process again in the near future?

Leave it to Yandina Sunshine Coast Storage

The next time you are on a decluttering mission, consider Yandina Self Storage. We would be delighted to store your items for you whether you have large items of furniture or a few boxes of belongings. We handle everything from packing boxes to advising you on the most suitable size of storage unit. Pop in any time during opening hours to see our storage units or call our team for friendly and helpful advice.

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