Clutter-free: 10 steps to declutter your home

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As boring as cleaning and tidying things away might be, there’s nothing worse than living in a mess.

It’ll raise your stress levels and prevent you from ever finding that long-lost TV remote control.

 

Thankfully, there are some creative ways to declutter one’s home which might just spark your interest.

We’ve discovered ten that could help you create a home that is serene, tidy and as relaxing as it should be.

1. Try the four-box method

Buy or recycle four boxes (each big enough to hold a decent amount of ‘stuff’) and label them as follows:

  • Rubbish
  • Donate
  • Keep
  • Relocate

Then, go through each room and place the strewn items into one of the boxes.

Don’t pass on any of them – force yourself to allocate their status.

2. Ask yourself questions

Sometimes, things gain clutter status because their original value diminishes.

If there’s something in your home that’s forever in the way, pick it up and ask yourself the same question you asked when it was purchased.

Do you need it?

3. Try the numbers game

Pick a number, any number and use it to help declutter your home.

For example, tell yourself you’re only going to wear a maximum of three pairs of trousers each month (in between washes, of course!).

Anything that will prevent you leaving stuff lying around will work wonders.

4. Try the 12-12-12 game

Locate twelve items to throw away, twelve to be returned to their proper home and twelve to donate to either a family member or charity.

That should clear most cluttered homes very quickly indeed!

5. Make a list of places to declutter

The simplest options are often the best when decluttering, and a separate list for every place that needs tidying will help you get to the bottom of it.

Start with the easiest and work your way up from there.

6. Try the hanger experiment

Hang all of your clothes facing the same way in your wardrobe.

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Whenever you wear a piece, return in cleaned to the wardrobe, but hang it the other way around. After six months, you should know exactly which garments you can discard.

7. Just fill a bin bag!

Go on – we dare you.

Grab a black bin bag (as big as possible), and just fill it.

The quicker you get into this task, the more surprised you’ll be by how easy and satisfying it becomes.

8. Give something away every day

Of all decluttering techniques, this is the one that’ll make you feel the most pride.

Make it your new mantra to give something away every day. It can be the tiniest thing or the what was once the most expensive, but whatever it is, make sure it’s something that is forever in view but rarely – if ever – used.

It can be the tiniest thing or the what was once the most expensive, but whatever it is, make sure it’s something that is forever in view but rarely – if ever – used.

but whatever it is, make sure it’s something that is forever in view but rarely – if ever – used.

9. Set aside five minutes every day

If you’re the sort of person who lives by to-do lists and productivity techniques, add a five minute period to every day where you’ll clean away at least one piece of clutter.

add a five minute period to every day where you’ll clean away at least one piece of clutter.

It’ll quickly become a habit, and that’s a very good thing indeed.

10. Stop thinking of it as ‘cleaning’

We’ve used the word ‘declutter’ a huge amount in this post because it’s the best way to describe the process. It also removes any of the stigma associated with cleaning.

It also removes any of the stigma associated with cleaning.

Think of this instead as a project that will make you feel happier and create a far nicer home to inhabit, and it won’t feel like a burden any longer!

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