The idea of living in a clutter-free home sounds very attractive to most people, but unfortunately the reality isn’t quite so straightforward. If your home is very cluttered, then it is easy to become overwhelmed by the mess and feel a sense of defeat before you have even started.
With the summer upon us, many people may have guests and relatives coming to stay, or may be preparing to jet off on holiday, so the last thing you want it a cluttered home greeting you on your return.
Set a Time Limit
When you do finally get round to decluttering your home, it could feel like an enormous task that could potentially leave you tidying up for days. This is what often puts people off, as they don’t have the time to spend hours cleaning up.
The best thing to do is to set yourself a time limit. It could be an hour twice a week or maybe just ten minutes a day. This will make the task seem less daunting and will actually keep your house looking less cluttered from day to day.
Choose a Room
There is no point running back and forth around the house like a headless chicken as you clean every room at the same time, this will just use up both time and energy, and be much less efficient.
Pick a room that you want to declutter and then stick to it. Decluttering is much easier when you have one specific area to focus on, so maybe assign a day of the week to a different room and it should be easier to keep on top of everything.
Get the Kids Involved
Clearing up doesn’t have to be boring, and by making it feel like a chore your children will be more reluctant to get involved. Get the whole family to participate and turn the whole thing into a fun routine.
Teach them a few different things about how to organise objects and how to fold clothes, and then reward them for doing a good job. If you get your kids into tidying up at an earlier age then it will save you a lot of mess down the line.
One in One Out
Make a rule for yourself that every time you bring something new into your home, something else needs to go. This means you will never get a build up on furniture, clothing or anything else.
If there is something you don’t use any more, then consider giving it to charity - most households probably have tons of bits and pieces that just take up space and aren’t actually needed.
Try the Hanger Experiment
Made famous by Oprah Winfrey, the hanger experiment is a great way to find out what in your home you no longer use. Hang all your clothes with the hangers facing one way, and then every time you wear something turn it back the correct way. That way you will see after 6 months what you haven’t worn.
This can also be used with toys, tools, kitchenware or anything in a cluttered area. It is a really fantastic way to see what items in your home that you could be hanging onto for no reason.