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Tips to declutter the home

October 22, 2015

One of the best things we can do is attempt to make our homes more pleasant: it’s not only a fun goal, but creates a better space that makes life better for everyone. Simply organising your space properly means more space and that means your home is better to live in. However, it’s often difficult to decide how to go about decluttering and organising your home.

It is, of course, possible.

One of the reasons we don’t often begin the massive project of reorganising the home is how overwhelming it appears. The best way to start, then, is to focus on it in increments. Start by focusing on areas you frequent in the house, such as your bathroom or bedroom and focus just on one patch.

You’ll find that once you start in one spot, there’s a domino effect of wanting to make a general cleanup. For example, removing the clutter of your shoes means moving them under your bed; but under your bed you might have boxes, so they need a new place. And so on.

You can also start what Zen Habits calls a “no clutter zone”. As they write:

“It can be a counter, or your kitchen table, or the three-foot perimeter around your couch. Wherever you start, make a rule: nothing can be placed there that’s not actually in use. Everything must be put away. Once you have that clutter-free zone, keep it that way! Now, each day, slowly expand your no-clutter zone until it envelopes the whole house!”

An issue so many of us have with bedding sets is what to do with the overly large parts that come with it. For example, linen is almost always a hassle and looks messy and takes up unnecessary space. Professional organiser and stylist, Eliza Krpoyan of Style My Life  recommends:

“Rolling shelves (with lips tall enough to contain potential runaways, like spare pillows) maximize access, making it a pleasure to put away and retrieve folded stacks. A stand-alone piece (shown here) is a smart, inexpensive solution for a home without a dedicated linen closet. Or you can custom fit an existing closet.”

Speaking of closets, you should also consider the Oprah Winfrey Closet Hanger Experiment. This is where you identify wardrobe pieces you want to get rid of by hanging all your clothes with the hangers in the reverse direction.

After you wear one these items, put it back into the closet with the hanger, returning it to the correct position. After several months, you can identify the clothing you wear by those that still face the opposite way.

You can do this for a number of items – not just clothing.

These are just some ways to declutter your life, before it gets too out of hand.


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