Spring is finally here, and many of us would have got on the marigolds and dusters and set to work on the big spring clean. The sense of reward when we finally sit down having dusted and cleaned every nook and crannie of a house is one hard to rival, a cup of tea tastes all the better when it’s been earned.
One thing many of us can forget, is the need for a deep declutter alongside the deep clean. If anything, we should declutter first. Having excess items and clutter around the home has been linked to both stress and low concentration levels. Oakwood doors: the leading UK provider of internal oak doors, have shared some clever little decluttering hacks to help free up some space in the home and the mind. Try a couple of these out and let us know how you get along!
- Throw away, give away, or donate one item a day. We aren’t saying you have to get rid of all of your possessions, but trying this method will massively cut down the amount of clutter you have by the end of the year, what’s better, you can continue it the year after! It feels rewarding when you manage to give something you no longer use to someone who will.
- If you find it difficult to get rid of clothes, try using the hanger method of clearing things out. Once you’ve gone through manually and thrown everything you definitely won’t wear again, start putting washed clothes back in the wardrobe with the hangers facing the opposite way. Within a few months it will be easy to see what you are and aren’t wearing, and odds are you won’t wear those shorts that are collecting dust at the back of a draw again, so get rid!
- Set smaller goals to start with. Maybe you’ll challenge yourself to fill a box or a bag with items you don’t need or use. Once this challenge is completed, start it all over again. The key is to try and be a little ruthless with yourself. If you’ve considered throwing or donating an item a few times and you find yourself looking at it again undecided, it’s time to go. If a bag or box seems too much, then just set yourself the goal of 5-10 minutes a day.
- Use a number system. This can be great for sorting things into categories, for example if you chose the number 5, you’d choose 5 things to throw, 5 things to donate, and 5 things to find a proper home within your home for. It might be an idea to still make a box up for things you just can’t do away with, but to get them into storage or in the attic. After all, as the old saying goes, out of sight out of mind.
The main thing is to just go for it! Get it into your head that this is what you need to do and keep thinking of the reasons why. Change your views so you aren’t thinking of it as decluttering, but uncluttering, and keep in mind the benefits.