Spring cleaning is wonderful, in the aftermath anyway. I have a lot of decluttering to do at the moment, all will be revealed very soon as to why. Do you ever find that once you start clearing that you wish you had never started. Well here are my five top tips to declutter successfully.
1. ONE AREA AT A TIME
Don’t expect to declutter the whole of your house in one day, or even in one weekend. Decide on the areas that most need doing and/or you are most excited about doing. If you have too much to do then you are going to get overwhelmed and likely get nothing done.
2. MORE MESS TO GET LESS MESS
The honest realisation that we all need to come to terms with is that you have to create a s**t storm to create bliss. The best way to tackle an area like a drawer or a wardrobe is to tip all of the contents onto the floor and organise in an open space. You can then really see everything that you have been storing away and easily organise items into piles.
3. THE RIGHT FRAME OF MIND
It is incredibly important that you are in the right frame of mind to do a clearcut. Feeling sentimental, don’t do it. Feeling poorly, don’t do it. Feeling sleepy, don’t do it. You need to feel refreshed, excited and ready to clear out your life. As soon as you start feeling a little sentimental or start getting distracted by every item you come across, either stop, take a break or move onto a different area.
(A little glimpse into the cheesy books I own. The books on the top left actually have me on the spine and cover!)
4. WHERE TO SEND YOUR UNWANTED ITEMS
We are all far more aware of sustainability at the moment which is incredible so rather than just chucking your unwanted goods into the bin, make sure you create different piles for different homes. I like to create a recycling pile for absolute tat that I know couldn’t be used again. A friends and family pile for those items I know someone would like. Then I have a charity pile for goods that could be sold in a charity shop. Another pile that I used to create was an eBay selling pile but this pile lived in my home for 6 years without budging so I just include this in my charity pile instead. I would love to make a little extra cash but realistically I have other things I want to do with my time instead.
Also, you don’t want to have these bags lying around causing you annoyance for evermore, or like me having bags of “charity goods” living in the garage…ugh, so irritating. So, make sure you tell yourself that they are rehired within a week tops to avoid stress and mess.
5. MUSIC IS THE POWER
Music really is the power when it comes to decluttering. Have an epic power list full of music that inspires you, you can sing along to and you feel fab listening to. Pop music, rock music, running playlists and show tunes are always great to declutter to in my opinion.
(When you finish your clearing, make sure you fill your house with fresh flowers and plants.)
How are your skills when it comes to decluttering or Spring cleaning? Have you got anymore tips to share? Below is a little truthful image of what my desk looks like at this very minute as I finish up this post…