Many of us have family homes filled to the rafters with stuff – stuff we need and stuff we most likely don’t. Decluttering your home can be a daunting task, but a necessary evil when things just get too much. This time-consuming task can make a huge positive impact on your home and your lifestyle, so although a plan to declutter your home can be rather unnerving, it’s surely better than living with the constant need to clear surfaces of clutter so you can get on with what you need to do.
Here are a few ways in which you can declutter without the stress, in one weekend. Yes, a weekend!
Have a Plan
Before you begin, it’s a good idea to start with a clear head. Plan your attack to make the most progress. If you think you’ll have a lot to get rid of, then it may be worth considering skip hire in Manchester to provide you with a skip for a weekend so you can be more time efficient. If you don’t think you’ll have as much to get rid of, invest in some coloured bin bags – and choose a colour for storage, a colour for tipping and a colour for donating.
Make a plan to sort your home room by room. You could spend Friday night sorting out your living room and dining room. Sorting through your cupboards and shelves, CD’s, books and DVD’s may be a little easier and more enjoyable as your first task. Moving on to your kitchen next means that you’re ready Saturday and Sunday, when the hard work begins.
Cleaning out your loft space first thing Saturday morning is also essential in creating space for the things you really need to keep. Tackling your loft space first means you can prioritise your things correctly. What you don’t need all the time can be moved to your loft, freeing up space in the rest of your house and making a proper sort out a lot easier!
Have a Sorting System
As you work strategically around your home make sure that you have a sorting system to keep your decluttering on track. A bag for rubbish, a duster and a hoover handy will make life easier. A box for things you’re keeping and a box for things you’re not (clearly labelled) will keep things running smoothly and easier to transport to the rooms they’re required in and of course to the hired skip if you have one.
Recruit Family And Friends
If you’re lucky enough to have family and friends close by then recruiting them into the clear up will make things happen much more easily. Having a babysitter for the kids means you can concentrate solely on the task at hand, and roping your friends into the strategic clear up will mean you get a lot more done and faster. Allocating each person to a task will keep your system running more seamlessly so you can feel confident your decluttering will be a success. Don’t forget to reward them with a meal/drinks for helping!
Don’t be afraid to have a huge purge of your belongings. Things you haven’t used or even seen for years are highly likely things you’ll never need again. When uncovering possessions think about when you last used the item and when you’ll need it again? Purging possessions has been proven to make you feel less psychologically stressed.
Motivation and Incentives
Motivate yourself by providing incentives – good food tends to be helpful! Plan your day with pit stops for food, and promise yourself something at the end as the ultimate reward, whether as simple as an hour in the bath, or a meal out in a restaurant, or, if you’re exhausted after your weekend declutter, a tempting takeaway.
Think a weekend isn’t enough time to declutter your home? With the tips above, your home could be clutter free by next Monday morning!
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