Every day we lose valuable time searching for that unpaid bill, spare key or appliance guarantee. How often have you had to go out and buy new batteries or light bulbs, despite knowing you had bought spares the last time you were grocery shopping?
If you, like scores of others, have decided the time is now to get rid of your clutter, we’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks.
Before you start to declutter, you’ll need to understand exactly what clutter is. Often it is items which have been put somewhere rather than properly stored. For instance, you wouldn’t usually store your clean clothing in your office, so that becomes clutter. That doesn’t mean you need to throw out these items, just that they need to be moved.
Assess everything in this way to ensure it is where it should be. What’s left over is likely rubbish which can be thrown away, recycled or donated.
Let’s be realistic, we all need some clutter in our lives. We’ll never be able to get rid of all the papers and books currently littering every surface. But there are ways to store these necessary bits and pieces attractively and neatly.
If you don’t have sufficient storage, consider installing an additional built in cupboard. If it matches your existing cupboards, it will look neat and intentional, allowing you to store a wide range of necessary extras out of sight. These can be built quickly and cheaply using materials such as MDF.
To properly tackle clutter, you’ll need to schedule a few hours each week to assess clutter which has built up around the house. Those piles of papers on the dining table, the shoes casually kicked off at the end of the day and the piles of laundry which never made it to the cupboard. These all need need to be sorted and placed where they belong. By scheduling a few hours a week, or a few minutes each day, you’ll be able to handle these small piles of clutter before they become too overwhelming to deal with.
You’ll need to begin to understand what leads to clutter in your home and then set up systems to counteract this. Clutter can fall into a few categories, including that which needs to be dealt with at a later stage like bills which need to be paid. Another example is items which need to go somewhere else, like bottles and tins which are to be recycled. These items all need to be stored in one place, rather than be allowed to gather all over the house.
By following these simple tricks, you’ll have tackled your clutter in no time at all.