Clutter complicates our lives, drains energy and causes unnecessary stress – and more cleaning! This step-by-step guide will help you de-clutter, one room at a time, and become more organised.
- Get Organised
Make each de-clutter session 15 to 20 minutes to ensure you stick with the process and do not allow time to revisit decisions. You will need a timer, and several bags or containers. Each container represents your intention to Recycle, Donate, Sell, Move the item to other room or Bin it.
- Sort and De-clutter
Begin the work by starting in one room in a clockwise direction from one corner of the room to the other, including the floors. Sort out the small clutter at a time by categories or by the places they belong. Go through all storage spaces, drawers, boxes, shelves, cabinets and wardrobes thoroughly.
- Make Smart Decisions
As you move along, decide where each item goes. Be ruthless and efficient. The key is to keep only the items that you need, use or love. Donate or sell all items in good condition that you haven’t used in the past year or rarely used. Recycle if possible or discard all items that are broken. Drop off the donations and recycling bags.
- Store, Bag and Containerise
Decide where each item that you intend to keep will be stored. Make use of your storage areas like shelves and bookcases to display items you love. Keep things organised in labelled containers or boxes. Use stylish storage options such as woven baskets and beautiful boxes to add more interest to the room while keeping it clean.
- Keep Doing It
Continue the process at regular intervals as you get into the habit of de-cluttering and organising every space in your home. Be conscious of what you introduce in your home to make it easier to tidy up afterwards.
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