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Decluttering Tips

Published: 31/12/2020

Isn’t it incredible how the smallest spaces seem to collect the most stuff? It seems that even if you manage to clear one surface, the clutter which was once placed there then happens to appear to have moved to another area.

With Christmas out of the way your home may feel like it’s beginning to overflow with the remnants of Christmas; from leftover food to wrapping paper and an abundance of presents. If this is causing you to feel a little stressed, then fear not! We have decided to share with you our favourite decluttering tips that may help you to feel a bit more in control and not drowning in the Christmas chaos.

Short-term Decluttering

If you’re looking for a more short-term decluttering solution for after the Christmas period, then the tips below are just what you need.

  • Storage space is your friend! 

If you’re struggling to find somewhere to put the Christmas decorations and wrapping you seem to have accumulated, then invest in some storage boxes to keep them in. This may sound like an obvious suggestion; however, you can now buy specially made boxes to store tree decorations and wrapping paper in to keep them protected and organised.

  • Find homes for your new things

You probably have a nice assortment of gifts that you have received over the festive period and thinking of where you’re going to put them can feel slightly overwhelming, especially if you’re short on space. Taking the time to find homes for these new items can help you to clear some space quite quickly and you may even come across things you no longer need.

  • Make use of your leftovers!

If your leftover food is filling space in your fridge, instead of simply throwing it away, see whether it can be used in something else. For example, if you have leftover cheese from your cheeseboard, you could use it to make a tasty mac ‘n’ cheese. Perhaps you have meat leftover from your Christmas dinner that could be used to make a nice pie, there are lots of options!

  • Tackle it in small chunks…

If you want to make tidying up a bit easier, set a timer for 10 minutes and go through one small area of your home. If you work quickly and aim to get rid of as many items as possible, you may find that you are able to achieve more than you thought in such little time. Some people may not have hours to devote to decluttering but doing 10 minutes is much more do-able.

Long-term Decluttering

New year, fresh start! If you’re looking to do a full declutter of your entire home, then finding a method that works for you is essential.

With the craziness of Christmas and New Year now over, why not use the remainder of your holiday for organising areas of your home more thoroughly. This is the perfect opportunity to remove any unused items that serve little value to you and your home. There are many ways you can tackle this; however, our personal favourite is the KonMari method.

Organising consultant Marie Kondo created the method, which is a system of simplifying and organising your home by getting rid of physical items that no longer spark joy in your life. The method encourages tidying by category, rather than location, beginning with clothes before moving onto books, papers, miscellaneous items and finally, sentimental items.

The KonMari method has also outlines ‘the six basic rules of tidying’ –
  • Commit yourself to tidying up
  • Imagine your ideal lifestyle
  • Finish discarding first
  • Tidy by category, not by location
  • Follow the right order
  • Ask yourself if it sparks joy

You can find out more through her website, bestselling books or Netflix series.