If you do not keep your home organised, or de-clutter it properly and regularly, it will start to look messy and untidy. Regardless of how big or small your property is, it will only be able to store so much stuff, and unfortunately, it is human nature to keep everything we get given and as a result of this end up living in chaos.
Here are some tips on de-cluttering and keeping your home organised:
• Collect some boxes to de-clutter your home, if you have not de-cluttered in a while then you will have your work cut out for you, don’t expect to get the de-cluttering finished in the space of a day, it may take a few days of sorting to work your way through your entire home. Declutter room by room, finish one room before you move onto the next. When you are sorting through your things, sort them into piles or boxes of things you want to:
o Keep: anything you intend to keep should be stored within your home, it should have its own home, i.e. a place where it always stays ad where you can return it once you have finished using it. If you cannot house everything you wish to keep, you will need to go back through your things and sort back through them to get rid of some more things.
o Store: For all the things you want to keep but cannot house now, you should consider storing, either with a storage company, or with a friend or relative that may have room to house a box or two of your stuff.
o Sell: anything that is in good condition, or has some worth, you should consider selling. You can sell most of your things privately by advertising, however, some things would be better off being sold at something like a car boot sale.
o Donate: consider donating as much as you can to a local charity shop.
o Recycle: up to 90% of your rubbish can be recycled, therefore sort through everything that you intend to throw away and recycle whatever you can, this will help the environment and will still allow you to get rid of everything you don’t need.
o Throw away: throw away as much as you can, make sure you dispose of your thinks responsibly Anything that you fly tip can be traced back to you, you will be held liable and could be fined up to £5000 as a result.
• Keep your wardrobe clean and up to date, don’t keep things that don’t fit anymore just in case you manage to lose some weight or in case you gain some. Any additional storage space you can create will come in useful. Consider donating clothes that you no longer want or use, and are in good condition. If you are trying to lose weight, however, consider keeping some clothes as a motivational tool to continue losing weight. Any clothes that are brand new you should think about re-selling, if you can make money from decluttering, why not do it.
• Gifts: we receive gifts for birthday and Christmases, and any other occasion that happens that year, how many of these gifts do we actually want or use. If you are given a gift that you do not really need or want, you may keep it just because someone bought it for you and you feel guilty getting rid of it, however, if you do this you will end up filling your home with lots of things that you don’t actually want or need.
• Keep piles of newspapers and magazine down to a minimum, keep on top of cleaning these out, always place papers and magazines in with the recycling once you have finished with them.