A cluttered home can be a stressful home. Clutter can just build up over time until one day you look at your bookshelf and it’s full of chaos!
Chances are if you’re feeling anxious or stressed then it’s because of clutter in the home and you don’t realize it.
Recently I have been on a mission to organize my home, so it’s back to basics.
I love my possessions. If something has slight sentimental value, then I will keep it.
I keep every piece of artwork my son has drawn, every junk modeling masterpiece he has made, I’ll collect shells from holiday and keep them in jars (you get the idea).
So over time and living in my flat for 4 years I have acquired a lot of stuff!
I realized I was feeling stressed by coming home from work and carrying on with my household chores and still not feeling satisfied. It just kept looking a mess!
So I’ve seen a lot on TV and social media lately about decluttering and minimalizing what you have.
The first room I tackled was my kitchen. Although not very big in size it was rammed with stuff I HAD to have or possibly NEED for that 1 recipe I tried 3 years ago.
I’m a person that needs things done now so I spent the entire day organizing and getting rid of anything I haven’t used lately.
I was left with giving so much to charity and even the food bank!
The end result was a relief and like a load had been taken off my shoulders. It surprised me that I had been agitated about my cluttered kitchen and I didn’t realize.
This felt great!
Everything had its place and the kitchen was clean.
So it just proves that having a clear out is good for the mind!
Here I’m giving a few suggestions for having a good old spring clean.
Anything for creating less stress in your life right?
Let’s get started:
7 Steps To Decluttering Your Home
1. Where To Start?
So this is obviously your choice.
For me, I started as you know with my kitchen as it’s the busiest place in the house. It gets used every day.
I cleared out the cupboards, threw out of date spices away and gave the cupboards a good clean inside and out.
So go for a room or area that is particularly busy.
Think, for example, the ‘junk drawer’ everyone has one. You just throw stuff from your bags or pockets in there and random things that don’t have a place.
You’ll be surprised how much of it can just be thrown out and you’re keeping just for the sake of it.
You’ll be amazed at how good you feel, even when starting somewhere small.
2. What To Do With Your Stuff.
I find it’s best to categorize things.
Being a minimalist isn’t about getting rid of everything you own and having an empty space.
For me it’s asking yourself:
‘Is this any use to me?’
‘Have I used this lately?’
‘Am I keeping this for sentimental reasons?’
‘Would I buy this item now?’
If it doesn’t add anything to your life then why is it on your shelf? Put your stuff into piles and set to work!
3. Living Room.
Another busy room in the house.
Everyone uses this room and easily gathers belongings from the family.
Put away anything that doesn’t belong in there.
Empty cupboards and drawers of any old cd’s and DVD’s- do you even need them these days?
Untangle and sort out old wires that have built up. Find out what they’re for and throw the old ones out.
Organize your ornaments and pictures, do you still like them? Do you need to have photos of the entire family out on display?
Remember this room is for unwinding and relaxing at the end of the day to make it that way!
4. Kids Bedroom.
Now, this can be a tough one. Who knew children had so much stuff?
I find it’s best to do this when the kids aren’t present.
They will tell you ‘I love this toy.’
They haven’t seen it under their bed for the past year, but it’s their favorite HONEST!
When cleaning my son’s room, I do find this harder as I feel sad that he’s growing and doesn’t love Thomas the tank engine anymore.
But 300 trains use a lot of space!
I throw out anything I haven’t seen him play with in a while or outgrown. Any old books he’s getting too old for and clothes…..so many clothes!!!
Children’s belongings don’t get used very long so I always donate to charity or give to family.
When I’ve had a clear out, he’s loved the space and spent more time in there.
Unfortunately, he has a tiny room, so I have to cut down on what to keep but having a good storage system (IKEA!) really helps.
5. Your Bedroom.
A place to rest and relax after a day with the kids or a stressy day at work- but not so relaxing with unnecessary junk getting in your way!
So clear out your wardrobe. Are you going to lose weight and fit into those jeans from 5 years ago?
Their taking up room and probably won’t be in fashion when you do shed those pounds.
Donate or throw any clothes you haven’t worn in the past year.
Obviously, stick to having summer and winter clothes but be mindful of what you actually wear.
Like the kitchen, this room can get overcrowded with stuff. I have so many half opened bottles and creams and really do you need them?
As not to waste anything get them out and use them and then stick to the minimum.
Check dates on items!
Buy storage boxes and put things in their rightful place, i.e. toilet rolls, creams and lotions, razors and sanitary items and so on.
Often a space can feel crowded because you have too much heavy, large furniture.
I’m a complete sucker for snapping up bargain furniture but sometimes less is more, and once you have had a clear out you won’t need so much storage anyway!
Make some extra cash and sell some old furniture that can go to someone who needs it!
Freeing up more space can create more light and open up a room.
Not forgetting when you have had a clear out of your stuff it’s a good idea to have a clean and really make your home spotless!
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Once you have made the change, you’ll find everything has its place and it’s easier to keep tidy.
It will instantly lift your mood and make you feel more positive.
Take your time and go at your own pace but when you have done it, you won’t spend your whole weekend tidying and feeling like you’re getting nowhere.