So you’ve made the decision to move out of your big family home and into a smaller space. Now comes the spring cleaning, packing and decluttering as you figure out which items you’ll take with you and which are best to discard. Most people are shocked to find out just how much “stuff” they have accumulated once they start sorting through their belongings. Decluttering your home can seem like a daunting task, but the good news is, you don’t need your own personal Marie Kondo to help you organise your living space. Here are 6 handy tips that you can implement with minimal effort and fuss to get rid of clutter in your home.
Turn the floordrobe into a well-organised wardrobe
Begin your grand decluttering journey with one of the toughest yet most rewarding tasks: sorting through your bedroom wardrobe. This one is time-consuming, but if you break the process down into a few simple steps, you’ll breeze through it. Gather every item of clothing you own – yes, even any stragglers lying on the floor – and put them through a wash cycle. Then fold your clothes vertically so you can see all your options at once. Finally, you can begin sorting as you wish! We recommend grouping your clothes into garment types, then colour blocking from there for added aesthetic finesse.
Keep, donate or toss
Of course, as you go through your wardrobe sorting, you may find that there are a few garments here and there that you no longer wear or even want, and even some that you forgot you owned in the first place. If you come across these items, that’s a clear sign that you should consider getting rid of them altogether. Separate your clothes into three piles – keep, donate to charity and toss in the rubbish, for any clothes that are just too worn to donate or beyond repair. Repeat this process for other items as you clean through each room of the house – you’d be surprised how much you can stand to part with, especially if there’s less space to fill in your new home.
Clean as you go
This one is especially pertinent to your bathroom, but it applies to all rooms in the house. Once you’ve cleaned out bathroom cupboards and shelves and got rid of unwanted or unnecessary items (or items that have well and truly passed their expiration date), it’s a good idea to wipe each storage area down with antiseptic bathroom cleaner as you go through them. Similarly, with all other rooms in the house, focus on one area at a time to declutter, and once you tidy up in that specific area, give it a good clean with household cleaner before moving on to the next area. That way, you won’t have a mammoth cleaning job left to tackle after decluttering the whole house.
If you have an office area in your home, look over it with a critical eye to see whether you’ve digitalised your setup as much as possible. Recycle any junk mail and envelopes, as well as invoices and documents that you don’t absolutely need to keep hard copies of. If you do need to keep hard copies of certain documents, make sure they’re filed away neatly and systematically, and scan anything else into your computer before shredding and recycling the original document. You can also recycle business cards after adding the contact in LinkedIn.
Go one step further with digital decluttering and make sure you regularly conduct digital audits by deleting unwanted emails, organising your inbox, organising the files and folders in your hard drive, and deleting any smartphone apps you no longer use.
Lean and clean surfaces
Nothing is as easy to make messy than a kitchen bench, dining room table or office desk. However, fortunately, flat surfaces like these are also the easiest to clean and declutter. Try to resist the urge to use these surfaces as a dumping ground for miscellaneous items after a busy day at work. Instead, regularly wipe down these areas to keep them nice and clean, and have a system to organise necessary items.
For example, use a bowl to keep keys in and an in-tray for bills, school reports and the like on the kitchen bench, so that the majority of the bench can be utilised for its intended purpose – to prepare food on! And for home offices, dusting the computer and blinds is very important, as is giving the carpet a regular vacuum after you’ve organised your office setup.
Fresh fridges and pristine pantries
As the old adage goes, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Meals are prepared daily in the kitchen, so it’s important that you keep on top of the maintenance in this part of the home. Make sure your fridge is well-stocked with fresh food and that you’re regularly throwing away anything that’s out of date. It’s a good idea to keep food items organised within the fridge by housing raw meats and perishables in a chiller drawer, and fresh fruit and veg in a crisper. Vegetables that are slightly past their prime can also be used to make vegetable stock or for a warming winter soup.
Cleaning out and organising the pantry is also a great way to declutter your kitchen. After throwing away out-of-date items and giving the interior a good wipe down, make sure you organise food items and spices into clearly labelled containers to sort and shelve as you wish. Bonus “green” points for repurposing jars and other containers as pantry food storage!
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Planning on downsizing for your next move? Granny flats are a great option to consider! At Lifestyle Granny Flats, we specialise in all things relating to granny flats. If you want advice on how to declutter your home in preparation for moving to a smaller space, get in touch with us on 07 3367 8222.