Tidying, cleaning and decluttering – all tasks around the house that most of us put off until completely necessary. I recently moved and had my first baby, so decluttering was a task I could no longer put off.
Most people decide to declutter as part of a downsizing project, but sometimes it’s just a project that can leave you feeling refreshed, revitalised and often very charitable.
The best way to begin your project is to focus on one room at a time. We all have that draw of ‘rubbish’ in the kitchen, and we all have those DVDs sat in a cupboard piling up dust. So to tackle each room effectively, create bags for recycling, trash, donate, keep and of course, sell.
So here are my simple steps on how to declutter each room in your home:
1. The Bathroom
This is often the easiest room of the house to declutter. If you have a cupboard full of medicines and skin care products, please ensure you trash anything outdated. If you have any towels that are no longer used, then please pop these in your donate pile. A lot of local homeless shelters are crying out for previously owned or new bedding and towels.
2. The Bedrooms
Firstly, start with your bedstands. A lot of the time I find finished books, opened letters and glasses that I no longer wear or need. A lot of the time you will see stuff to either trash or donate, but if you do come across anything that is sellable such as – a camera, then quids in.
Secondly, work your way through your wardrobe and chest of draws. A lot of the time you will find brand new clothes that you no longer like, so you can again sell these for a bit of extra dosh at this expensive time of year. Unwanted clothes are also a great item to donate to your local charity store but do make sure they are in good enough condition. If you have clothes that are ‘holey’ and old, then recycling at your local clothes bank is another effective way of decluttering.
3. The Kitchen
I find this my most challenging room to declutter because it often means you end up with a shopping list; new frying pan, new kitchen roll holder and new mugs.
Our kitchen is the heart of the home, so cooking, socialising and eating all take place in this room. It’s the busy, frantic and often hectic room of the whole house.
Go through each cupboard and check the state of utensils, glassware and other items you may keep. A lot of the time you will find stuff to merely throw out of your life and into the trash pile, but do be mindful that some items are great to donate to local hostels.
Secondly, check the dates on tinned foods and throw away if outdated. If you have tins in the cupboard that can be donated to your local homeless shelter then now is the most perfect time of year to do so.
4. The Lounge
Whether you call it the lounge, the front room or the living room, this is another room where things often get ‘stored’ or ‘dumped’.
I recently emptied out the cupboards in my lounge, and I found items such as a Christmas snow globe, an exercise ball pump and candles that had been in there for about 100 years.
This is the perfect room for you to find stuff to donate. I donated a lot of the items in my front room, including decorative bits and bobs that I just no longer wanted.
So, decluttering doesn’t have to be disorganised, messy and hard work. Make it a task that makes you happy, others happy and the household happy. A messy home can begin to build up so I would recommend a declutter once every 6 months. It’s a great way of earning some money before Christmas, and also great to donate at this often difficult time of year.