Decluttering your life is no easy feat…well, when you want it all done at once. A process that lets you feel more comfortable in your own home, this is a fast track to feeling lighter and more at ease going forward into summer. With so much to do over the festive season, sometimes our own space falls to the side, focusing instead on family, friends and fun. With some quick and easy steps, you can declutter your life without losing precious time with family. These easy tips offer the best way to conquer clutter.
Organise before you buy
The last thing you want to do is pre-empt your clutter, sort through your belongings before going to buy containers and baskets for storage. You need to find containers that not only fit your space, whether under a bed or behind a cupboard, but also cater to your means. It’s recommended to start by cleaning out your space, assessing what containers you need, and then buying a few to start. You can always go buy more later, when you have a better idea of what you still need. This is the first step to efficient, simple living.
Know your appetite for cleaning
Even the most productive person has their limit when cleaning, while it might be easy to set aside a full day for cleaning, your productivity will slowly dwindle over the day. Take your time to move around the house – taking two or three days to get it done is nothing to frown at. Very few people have the energy or focus to spend eight hours organising. You’ll likely become frustrated and less efficient as the day progresses. It’s much better to spend a few hours at a time on one project or space. This helps to keep you motivated rather than trying to do everything at once – you have finished the kitchen, I’m sure the lounge can wait ‘til tomorrow.
Finish what you start…before you start something else
Once you have decided where something is going to go — take it there. Whether adding or taking away, you need to complete the task at hand otherwise you will be busy with 100 things at once…this usually leads to getting flustered and giving up. Working in efficient, bite-sized chunks can allow you a bit of breathing room, getting tasks done in good time, making steady progress through your home one bit at a time.
It’s your home, not a magazine
Very few people have cupboards and drawers that resemble the pictures in House & Home. You may want it to look clean cut and good-looking, but it’s also a home for your family and you want it to feel comfortable, not one that has been carefully staged by a team of stylists and marketers. The goal is not to set up a space that’s straight out of the latest design magazine, but rather to design an area that works in perfect synergy with your lifestyle.
Decluttering your life may be a hassle at times, but it is a rejuvenating process that helps you make your home more comfortable and enjoyable.