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Transform Your Home : Where to Begin with Decluttering

You want to declutter and get more organised at home, but you procrastinate because you just don't really know where to start, and the whole thing is just overwhelming.

Don't worry; you aren't alone. We're here to help. In this blog post, we are going to share a few options on where to start because we aren't all the same. There isn’t a perfect place to start decluttering, just a perfect place for you. The most important thing is to START. We'll also share some expert tips to help you along the way.

Getting started.... first and foremost, be realistic in the time, energy and capacity you have. Start small with something achieveable. Take that dopamine hit of getting it done and build momentum from there. Finding yourself sat in the middle of every item of clothing you own unable to make decisions with 10 minutes until you have to leave for the school run is not going to make anyone feel good.

Here are four ways you can start yourself off:

1. Quick Clutter Sweep

A quick clutter sweep is a fantastic way to make an immediate impact. Grab a bag and dash around your house, picking up items that you can quickly identify as clutter. This could be anything from old magazines to that pair of shoes you never wear. The idea is to fill the bag.

This can be a great one to involve the rest of the family, make it a fun competition: give each family member a bag and set a 10-minute timer. Whoever collects the most items wins! (Although perhaps check the 4 year old hasn't just decluttered all the baby's toys) This method not only reduces clutter but also engages everyone in the household, making the process quicker and more enjoyable.

2. Surface Clutter

Clearing surface clutter is a simple yet effective strategy to create a sense of visual calm. Focus on one surface at a time, such as the dining table, kitchen counter, or that notorious pile of post by the door. By clearing just one surface, you can make a significant difference in how your home feels. It’s a small step that can provide a big psychological boost, encouraging you to continue with the decluttering process.

3. Somewhere Easy

Starting with an easy area can help you build momentum. Choose a small space without sentimental items, like the cutlery drawer or the bathroom cabinet. These areas are usually straightforward to organise and don’t require difficult decisions about what to keep or discard. By successfully organising these small spaces, you gain confidence and a sense of accomplishment, motivating you to tackle more challenging areas.

If you need more ideas then why not check out our guide which will give you 30 prompts of areas that you can declutter in 10 minutes or less?

4. High Priority Area

Focusing on a high priority area is crucial for immediate satisfaction. Identify a spot in your home that bothers you daily, such as the pile of shoes and coats by the door. Decluttering this area will not only improve the overall look of your home but also make your daily routines smoother. You’ll notice the difference every day, which reinforces the positive impact of your efforts.

The Expert Tips you need to keep you on track...

Work out your why

Are you trying to make your home look pretty? Are you trying to spend less time tidying or cleaning, or are you trying to make it easier to get out of the house in the morning? Whatever your reason, visualise it and keep it in mind to give you that extra motivational kick when you need it.

Set a timer

Set a timer for 10, 15, or 30 minutes – whatever time you have. This creates a sense of urgency and makes the task more manageable. We find we are less likely to be distracted if it’s a short, finite period of time. You’ll be surprised at how much you can accomplish in a short time.

(We also think you should blast some of your favourite tunes at the same time. Let’s make it less of a chore if we can!)

Sort items into categories

Sort items into categories as you declutter: 'Recycle, Sell, Donate'. You don’t want a pile of things you are getting rid of that you then have to go through all over again to see what can be sold, donated, or recycled.

Have an Exit Plan

Have an exit plan for the items you are getting rid of. What you don’t want is a pile of items sitting in the corner of your room for three months. Plan time in your diary to take items for donation or recycling. For example, Ellie can drive slightly further to a recycling centre that also accepts charity donations for a local charity.

Talking of having an exit plan....

Book a doorstep collection, we love anglo doorstep collections- they book you in based on when they are in your area, so knowing you have 7 days for example before they are coming can give you a little push.

Declutter as you go

Once you have started decluttering, have a space where you can quickly place items as you see them in your home. For example, keep a basket in the bottom of the wardrobe for clothes you no longer want.

Get help!

Seriously, this can be tough, so if you need help don't be afraid to ask for help. That might be from a family member or from a professional organiser. We can promise that our virtual and in person services are judgement free. So get in touch if you think that we can help.

Decluttering doesn’t have to be overwhelming. By starting with a quick clutter sweep, clearing surface clutter, choosing an easy area, and focusing on a high priority spot, you can make a significant impact on your home’s organisation. Remember, the most important step is to start. Celebrate each small victory and enjoy the journey towards a more organised home

Whatever your decluttering and organising challenge, just remember: we get it and we’ve got your back.

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