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decluttering your home

How to declutter your home fast!

Keeping your home organised is a dream of most homeowners. It’s definitely a dream of mine after the loooong six week summer holidays. To get myself started, I find that I need to have a plan rather than just flit from room to room never completing anything!

Use a Checklist

One of the first things you should do is create a checklist for decluttering. Once you know exactly where to get started it will be easier to begin and not feel overwhelmed. The decluttering checklist gives you a blueprint that you can follow to prevent you from wasting time.

Organise Items In Boxes

Get four boxes and label them donate, keep, trash, and relocate. Relocating doesn’t have to be in your home, you can get a self storage unit to store items. This is a good way of organising items when you are decluttering. Go through every room and fill these boxes with items. You don’t have to do this all at once, you can do one room a day. You’ll be surprised at how organised you get very fast and best of all you will be reducing clutter…as you will 100% find things that you forgot you even had!

Ask a Friend to Help

The truth is that one of the reasons why it may be difficult for you to declutter is that you have developed a sentimental attachment to items you don’t need.  When you ask a friend to help, you will have an objective eye, looking at the items you are decluttering. An objective eye is beneficial for helping you to detach emotionally from the items you don’t need and put them in the trash or donate box.

Before and After

You can take before and after pictures of different areas of your home to keep you motivated. 

You can take a picture of your kitchen looking cluttered. Clear all the clutter and then take another photograph of the cleared area. Once you see the big difference that it makes, it will start motivating you to get other areas decluttered as soon as you can. Think of it as a real life ‘Tap to Tidy!’

Set Specific Decluttering Times

If you don’t set a specific time for decluttering your home you might find that it never gets done. Set some time that is specifically for cleaning up and make it a part of your daily routine. It could be five minutes to an hour, whatever works for you, and at least get rid of some of the clutter.

Get Started

Even with all the techniques for decluttering your home that have been given here the only way to make sure that it gets done is to get started. 

If you don’t get started you can’t see results. Set aside some time immediately to start. You can get your family members involved as well so that you can hold each other accountable.

*This is a collaborative post.