Over the past few years, I've assisted many clients with decluttering in their homes. Sometimes it's unruly paperwork in a home office, sometimes it's clothing in a bursting closet, sometimes it's household items from every cupboard and drawer in the house! But no matter what part of your home needs decluttering and how long you've been putting the task off, once you get started, you'll be amazed at the difference you can make by following some very straightforward steps.
Here’s my simple process for getting it done:
Tackle one room at a time
Starting left to right, go through every cupboard, drawer, box or anywhere else you hide things away
Sort your items into four categories: Keep, Ditch, Sell and Donate
Work through each of the categories until you’re done!
It’s always easy to look at your stuff and decide that you want/need to keep all of it but that just won’t work. Every year you’ll end up with more and more things and have nowhere to keep them so try to be brutal with your decisions. There are a few questions that might help:
Does it still fit / work?
Do you have a newer version / more than one?
Have you used it in the past year?
Would you really miss it if it was gone?
Could someone else benefit more from it?
If you’re really honest when answering the above questions, the decision should be fairly simple…
If you have been honest answering the above questions, then you should be left with a pile of things that you can get rid of. Don’t forget to consider though whether they fit into the other two categories (sell and donate). Items in your ‘ditch’ pile may no longer be of any value or use to you anymore but someone may benefit from them.
Some of the items you want to turn out may still have some value so you may be able to make a little money from them. There are various options you can try:
eBay; the online portal to buy and sell everything and anything!
Local newspapers / shop windows
Car Boot Sales
Specialist shops for any items of particular interest or value
A great way to deal with your unwanted items is to offer them to friends and family who may have a use for them or to donate them to charity. There are charity shops in every town who will gladly take your unwanted items from you. Check with your local charity shops what items they will and won’t accept before turning up with a lorry load!
Finding the time to declutter is always difficult but you’ll be really pleased when the job is done.
Sometimes the whole experience can seem daunting and would be much easier with a second opinion to hand. If that sounds like you, give Girl Friday a call – she’ll be more than happy to help!