Clear the clutter at your place with these simple and practical daily tasks
How to organise your home and clear the clutter
- Set a goal for how you want your home to look and feel, and make decisions with that goal in mind. Don’t bring anything into the house that doesn’t fit with that goal.
- It’s okay to let things go if they don’t fit with your lifestyle, the style of your home or they are an unwanted hand-me-down.
- Drop the guilt. If you have a family heirloom or antique you genuinely don’t want, it’s okay to pass it on. It’s your decision.
- Shop with a list. Throwing out expired food is a huge waste of money. Keep a running shopping list on your fridge and write down what you need to replace.
- Bite-size chunks. If you feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, make a list of tasks and work through them. Baby steps are the best way to tackle clutter!
- Selling vs donating. Weigh up the time and energy involved with selling stuff, compared to how much you will get for it. Big items that will bring in decent dollars are worth selling, but it’s probably easier donating or throwing out small-ticket items. Don’t give everything a dollar value – just give it!
- Beware of bargains! Think twice about what you are bringing into your house – it’s easy to fill your house with stuff you don’t need, only to end up selling it for half what you paid, or donating it.
- Beware of fancy storage items. Wait until you have done the decluttering and sorting to decide what storage options you need to buy. Chances are you won’t need what you originally thought, or you will have something you can upcycle.
- It’s just stuff. We live in a world where some people have nothing, and others have so much it causes stress. Remove physical clutter from your home and the emotional load will also lighten.
Compiled by: Shelley Ferguson
Photography by: Tony Amos & Maree Homer/bauersyndication.com.au