Quick-Tip Guide For Decluttering Your Home - Alexandria Homemaker Centre

Quick-Tip Guide For Decluttering Your Home

The feeling of an organised and clutter-free home is second to none. It is the ease of knowing exactly where everything is, opening your cupboards to find items stacked, labelled and neatly displayed and the extra space both physically and mentally. Organising and de-cluttering your home can feel like an overwhelming task and we often don’t know where to begin. That is where we are here to help! We have come up with a quick-tip guide that will help you organise and declutter your home in no time and that you can refer back to time and time again when needed!

 

Step 1: Take A Wander Around Your Home

Starting is always the hardest step, so ease into your decluttering journey by taking a wander around your home and assessing what areas need some work. We recommend grabbing your favourite beverage, a notepad and pen and start at your front door or entryway. Slowly make your way around your home and write down each area that you need to focus on. This can be as broad as ‘Master Bedroom’ or as specific as ‘entryway console table’. Once you have your list together, stick it somewhere noticeable that you will see every day such as the fridge, pinboard or desk. Now we know which areas need some love and attention, it’s time to get to work!

 

Step 2: Dedicate Some Time

Once you have your list together, it is time to start ticking things off one item at a time. You will find that once momentum kicks in and you have tackled a few areas, the rest will become a breeze! We recommend dedicating some time each week to decluttering your home if you really want to notice a difference and see your space transform. It can be as simple as blocking out one hour three nights a week while you have your favourite Netflix show playing in the background. Or you can encourage the whole family to get involved and dedicate an afternoon each weekend to smash it out in quick succession! The best thing about decluttering and organising is that there is no time constraint, you can start whenever you want and work at your own pace!

Step 3: Take Everything Out & Assess

Once you have chosen the specific area you would like to organise and declutter, it’s time to get down to business! The first step in any decluttering process is to take everything out and asses. Whether you are working on your wardrobe, your kitchen cupboards or an entire home office, this step cannot be missed. When you have everything in one pile it allows you to see how much ‘stuff’ you are actually working with and helps you rethink if all of it is essential or necessary. This step also allows you to see the space as a whole and sparks creativity regarding possible storage solutions that can be bought down the track (in step 5).

Step 4: Sort Into Sections

Once you have everything out on display, it is time to sort your items into relevant piles. These can vary depending on the room or space you are decluttering, but we usually stick with the general rule of ‘donate’, ‘sell’, ‘rubbish’ or ‘keep’. It is essential to pick each item up individually and ask yourself a few questions such as ‘have I used this in the past year’, ‘does it hold sentimental value’ or ‘does it make me happy’ etc. This is one of our favourite steps as it not only feels cleansing, but it can also give you the opportunity to make some money by selling items you no longer use or need!

Step 5: Storage Solutions & Inspo

Now that you know exactly how much ‘stuff’ you are working with; it is time to start thinking about storage solutions. This step is arguably the most fun and can often be rushed into before decluttering. It is essential to complete this step after the decluttering process to ensure you know what the space requires. Jump online to do some research and spark inspiration by browsing organisation blogs and Pinterest before heading in store to pick up what you need. A few of our favourite storage solutions include plastic and glass containers with beautiful labels for the pantry, drawer inserts for your vanity or desk drawers and gorgeous baskets for spaces such as the linen closet, wardrobe, kid’s room and living room.

 

Step 6: Keeping Organised For ‘Future-You’

Now that you have a beautifully organised and clutter-free home it is imperative to ensure it stays that way for the future. There are a few systems you and your family can put in place to make sure there is no build-up of clutter and things stay organised and tidy. The ‘One-in-one-out’ rule is a popular choice as it keeps build-up to an absolute minimum. This is the concept of whenever you bring a new item into the home, you must either sell, donate or part with a similar item. For example, if you are contemplating buying a new vase when you are homewares shopping, you need to think about a vase or decorative item you can get rid of at home in order to purchase your new piece. Another way to keep your home organised over time is to have ‘mini-declutters’ at the beginning of each season to avoid having a huge overhaul each year. The best way to keep your home organised and cutter-free is to make sure you have systems in place for keeping things tidy and put items away in their designated place after each use.

 

If you are after more tips, tricks and inspiration to get you started on your de-cluttering journey, then come along to our workshop on Saturday the 27th of March! The girls from The Art of Decluttering are presenting 6 Keys to decluttering success and it is sure to help you reclaim your home as a peaceful retreat. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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