Three De-Cluttering Tips to Help You Clear Out

Published 8 Jan 2016

If you own or rent a home, and have for a while, then chances are that you’ve accumulated some clutter over the years. Some people are just prone to collecting, storing and hoarding. Or maybe you’re moving house and need to downsize quickly but you’re unsure of the best way to approach the job. Whatever your reasons, deciding to de-clutter can be a freeing experience. We can wind up overly attached to our objects sometimes, and can hold onto things for their sheer sentimental value. While some things like your grandmother’s jewelry and your father’s boots should defiantly be kept as family heirlooms that tax invoice from four years ago for an item that is long broken is probably just taking up valuable space.

Let’s take a look at three tips to help you de-clutter efficiently.

De-Cluttering Advice to Help you make room

Ask For Help

Asking for help from a friend or extended family member is a great way to de-clutter. Firstly, another pair of hands is always welcome for these big jobs, as a load shared is a load halved. Secondly, enlisting the aid of someone who does not have any sentimental attachment to your junk whatsoever is a great idea; because they are less likely to hold onto that random knick-knack lovingly, loathe throwing it in the skip-bin because an older lover or workmate gifted it to them in 1997. They can also give you the motivation to throw away things that you no longer need!

When Was the Last Time?

Another expert de-cluttering tip is to ask yourself is, when was the last time you used an item? If it’s a kitchen utensil like a pastry fork, ask yourself when was the last time you actually made pastry from scratch. If it’s an old biography of a forgotten political figure, ask yourself when the last time that you wanted to know who their second spouse was. If it’s that dress that you wore to your year 10 formal, ask yourself who you still know from those days. You get the idea – stuff you actually don’t use has no place in your space!

Up-Cycle, Recycle or Donate

If the idea of mindless waste disposal while de-cluttering doesn’t sit right with you, don’t worry. There are a number of more environmentally friendly options that you can take. The first is upcycling. Can you re-use or upgrade the items into something that you actually will? This can be great and will really get your creative muscles working. The second is re-cycling. Ask around and see if there are any companies, artists or organisations that can recycle your random stuff. And thirdly, you can always donate unwanted goods and clothing to your local opportunity shop – where it will go to those who need it!

Hopefully you’re now inspired to get amongst your clutter and free up some space in your home!