Decluttering your home and your life is not easy. We all cling to things that we deem important, valuable and crucial to our existence.
However, are the things that you’re holding on to really crucial to your life? Do you really need a VHS player made in the 80’s because one day it might be the preferred choice for home movie entertainment again?
We all have items that we cling onto because they might be important in the future, and these are the things that are cluttering up your home.
Here we have six tips for you to help you declutter your home quickly. Don’t worry, you don’t have to chuck away any treasured memories and become a minimalist. These tips are simply here to help you declutter your home if you are about to move or just fancy a spring clean.
Six tips for decluttering your home quickly
1. Make a list
Create a list of areas in your home with clutter. Start with the easiest to declutter first. This may not sound too complicated, but starting with the easiest place can make the rest of your decluttering journey far easier to accomplish.
The list doesn’t have to contain rooms, but areas of rooms that you think will be easier to tidy. The junk drawer (we all have one), a closet or wardrobe, for example. Once you have done one area, stop. Enjoy the accomplishment and feel good about taking a step towards a clutter-free home.
2. Give yourself 5 minutes
This tip actually works great for most areas of your life but works particularly well for decluttering your home. Give yourself 5 minutes of solid decluttering time, no distractions, just go for it. You’ll be surprised just how much you can get done in these 5 minutes and chances are you will forget the stress that you have put on the job and just carry on after the 5 minutes is up.
3. Fill one bin bag
You could easily achieve this in 5 minutes! All you have to do is grab a bin bag, head to the first place on your list and give yourself 5 minutes to fill it, easy right?
Once again, you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can fill this bin bag. Also, you don’t have to collect things to be thrown away, you could donate them to charity. As long as you get the bag full and it doesn’t stay in your home, you are one step closer to becoming clutter-free.
4. Change your perspective
As you go through your home and start the decluttering process, your perspective on the clutter will likely change on its own. You will understand the importance of some items and the need to throw out or donate others.
However, to truly declutter your home for a move or a spring clean, it can help massively if you can change your perspective of your home too. This isn’t easy, especially if you have lived in your home for many years, but it can be done.
One great tip I learnt many moons ago was something that Albert Einstein used to do. When he was struggling with a problem, he would look at it from a different direction, just like artists do with their artwork.
As silly as it sounds, try standing on a ladder in your sitting room, getting on a chair in your kitchen, sitting on the floor. Try seeing the space you know from a completely different angle than ever before; you will likely see even more clutter to remove.
5. The Oprah Winfrey hanger experiment
If you haven’t heard this tip popularised by Oprah Winfrey, then let me explain. To make it easy to see which clothes to throw away, hang all of your clothes with the hangers in the wrong direction to normal. After you have worn them and washed them, replace them with the hanger the right way.
After six months, you can easily see which clothes you don’t wear and can get rid of them. I understand this tip isn’t a quick method, but if you can find a way to adapt it to other areas of your home with a quicker turnaround time of items, it might just help you with your decluttering process.
6. The four-box method
This tip has somewhat been taken by the minimalist crowd of late, but it can work just as well for people looking to declutter before a move.
All you have to do is get four moving boxes and take them into the room with you. These four boxes are for items that are trash, to keep, to give away or relocate. The rule is that no item in the room can escape the four box method. Don’t try to put your sofa in the box though—moving boxes aren’t that strong!
Consider each item and then place it in one of the four boxes, or add a note to the item if it’s as big as a sofa. Some rooms only take a few hours, others can take days, but the rule stays the same, nothing escapes the four-box method.
I know from experience that being clutter-free isn’t easy, but by following the tips above, I have taken steps in improving my clutter situation. I hope these decluttering tips will help you when it comes time for your spring clean or house move.
Whichever tip you use to get started on your clutter-free mission, the first step is to take the first step with excitement. Remember, these tips are to help you rid your home of clutter, not get rid of precious memories. Keep the things that are truly valuable to you and throw away the 80’s VHS player, it won’t be coming back into fashion any time soon!