5 ways to declutter

HOME SIMPLIFIED
1.5.2016

It’s hard to get rid of unnecessary things with certain sentimental value, but it will have a positive impact on your life, helping it become simplified.

You will feel lighter, less burdened, and energized.

General rule: for every new thing, get rid of an old one

 
One of the more effective methods of decluttering your home is to throw out things that you do not use anymore. If you succeed in this, we are sure you will be thrilled with the obvious makeover of your home.

If you find it difficult to throw things out, collect them in a box for donations or simply put them in the basement. This way, you haven’t thrown anything out, but it’s not in your way at home. When you realize you don’t even miss these things, it will be easier to get rid of them when you clean the basement. If this also seems too radical a method for you, try an alternative. So things won’t crowd your home, use the rule that for every new thing you buy you have to throw out one old one.

Clean and organize 

Some people try to get rid of unnecessary things at home and organise things in it all at the same time. This method is not overly effective, so we recommend you first rid every room of unnecessary items, and then organise and rearrange the remaining things in their proper place.

Four boxes method

This is a very useful method that you can apply when decluttering your home. Before you start sorting (smaller and lighter) things, get four boxes - one for things you will throw out, one for those you will give away or donate, one for things you will keep and one for items which need to be moved. Place everything from every room in the appropriate box, so that eventually nothing remains outside the box. Some things may take you hours, days or weeks, but in the end, you will achieve the desired effect. Be brave!

The 12-12-12 rule

While cleaning your home, try to use the 12-12-12 rule. This means choose 12 items you will throw out, 12 things you will donate, 12 things you will put back in the right place which have been where they don’t belong for days - under the bed, in the living room, on the fridge ... This is also a great way to engage your family members in putting your home in order. Even better - organise a competition who will be the first to collect 36 things to get rid of as soon as possible.

Plus

We encourage you to start from one room or corner of the room. It’s best to start with something you use the most and where a mess is most in the way. The results will be most visible there, which will motivate you to continue with the other rooms. If you start your cleaning in the study, start with clearing the table and the drawers. If you start with the bedroom, select a wardrobe, by first arranging things in one section. Before you realise it, you will be done and be able to go on with the next part of your home.

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