How To Declutter Your Home
19th Apr, 2016
Spring has finally sprung (don’t let the rain fool you), which means there’s no better time to declutter your home! We’re all guilty of letting our homes get a little unruly at times by holding onto things we really don’t need, from knick-knacks to old clothes. Trouble is, the more we hoard, the more daunting the task of decluttering seems. But sprucing up your home doesn’t have to be a chore if you follow our top tips on how to declutter your home this spring.
Declutter a room at a time
It’s so much easier to declutter each room individually, rather than trying to blitz your entire house in a day. Whether you want to start with the biggest, smallest or messiest room is up to you, but it’s important to treat each room separately. Be sure to reward yourself after you’ve completed each one, so you’ve got something to look forward to!
Dedicate time to decluttering
The best way to declutter is to set aside time to get each room done, rather than doing bits here and there. You’ll achieve so much more if you dedicate time to completing your chosen room, whether it be a morning, afternoon or whole weekend. Remember to take well-earned breaks, though, so you don’t resent the task at hand.
Now is not the time to get sentimental – you have to be ruthless if you want to declutter your home properly! Set out separate bags for rubbish, recycling and charity when you start each room and get cracking. You’ll be amazed just how much stuff you can get rid of once you get into the swing of it.
Declutter your living room
Start to declutter your living room by removing all the bibs and bobs that amass on the coffee table, like newspapers, magazines and books. Everything should have a home, so be sure to utilise all the storage space you have available. As a general rule of thumb, your coffee table should never have too much stuff on it to accentuate the neatness of the room. A good tip for decluttering surfaces is to group small items, like candles, on a tray or decorative bowl that can be moved easily.
Space is your best friend in the living room, even if you don’t have much to spare. Stick to the essential furniture to avoid clutter and be sure to arrange it in a way that’s easy to navigate. You can add some sneaky storage and extra seating by having an ottoman in the living room. Your décor can also have an impact on how cluttered the room feels, so it’s best to tone down manic colours and clashing patterns.
Declutter your bedroom
Decluttering your bedroom can seem like a mammoth task because of all the clothes that seem to appear from nowhere. If you find it hard to get rid of clothes that you might wear one day, then it might be worth emptying your wardrobe into a spare room and only returning an item once you’ve worn it. Otherwise, be brutally honest with yourself and decide whether to keep, chuck or donate your clothes to charity straight out the wardrobe. Keeping your closet floor clear also helps to declutter your wardrobe, so it’s a good idea to invest in a shoe rack to keep yourself organised.
Now, it’s time to take a deep breath and tackle the jumble underneath your bed. You’ll probably find empty shoe boxes, old clothes, that thing you thought you’d lost weeks ago – you name it! If you don’t need it, get rid of it. If you don’t have any storage underneath your bed, it’s a good idea to buy some boxes or baskets to put under there to keep things organised.
Declutter your kitchen
Utilising all the space you have available is key to decluttering your kitchen. Try not to rely solely on putting everything in cupboards and drawers – pots and pans can quickly eat up space, so why not hang them up in your kitchen instead? As for all those pesky pot lids that always seem to get in the way, mount a rack on the back of the cabinet door to keep them all in one place. It’s a good idea to arrange your cupboards by how often you use the items in it, so keep pieces for special occasions on the top shelf and your everyday things within easy reach.
While you’re organising things by frequency of use, you might as well group stuff together by purpose, like keeping all your bakeware supplies in one place. You can also keep all your spices and jars together in a wire rack, with your favourites at the front. As for all those plastic containers – if you haven’t used it recently, you’re probably not going to use it at all, so it’s time to part ways.
Declutter your bathroom
When it comes to decluttering your bathroom, start with the medicine cabinet. Chances are, it’s become a dumping ground for all the random toiletries and knick-knacks you didn’t know where to put. Get rid of that empty tube of toothpaste you’ve been squeezing for weeks and the cosmetics that went out of date long ago. As for all those unwanted gift sets you feel obliged to keep – don’t! Invest in some tubs and tumblers to keep the essentials in, ensuring everything has a home in the cabinet.
Of course, you don’t have to keep everything in the cabinet – you might not even have one in the first place. If not, it’s especially important to invest in some storage to declutter your bathroom, like stackable drawers next to the sink. Wicker baskets come in all shapes and sizes, and can be used for so much more than just laundry. It’s vital to keep your bathroom surfaces as clear as possible to minimise clutter – that goes for the floor, too!