Are you overwhelmed by your own disorganisation and inability to keep your house or office space tidy? Many people are. If so, why not take in a spot of therapeutic cleaning or as we like to term it – De-cluttering.
A spot of De-cluttering at the end of the month, term or prior to your summer holiday, not only provides the physical space you have been searching for, but helps you get back control of your life . You will feel less stressed and at last, you will find it easier to establish where that special necklace has been hiding for the last few months!
You will feel calmer and more relaxed at the thought of being able to clean properly. No more embarrassment when the neighbours pop around for a glass of wine and on a personal note, you will feel able to move on in life.
As with anything, getting rid of clutter can be made incredibly simple. Sift through your belongings, one wardrobe, cupboard, drawer or shelf at a time and get rid of everything that isn’t absolutely essential. But be organised and don’t flit from one room to the next.
10 tips to help you on your way with De-Cluttering
- Spend up to 20 minutes a day De-cluttering. You will be amazed how much you can get through in such a short space of time.
- Take the stuff you don’t want – in particular clothes – to a charity shop. Not only will they be grateful, but you won’t feel bad about wasting it.
- Organisation is the key to De-cluttering. Start at the corner by the door and move your way around the room, doing the superficial stuff first. Second time around, make sure you explore every drawer and cupboard before you finish.
- Whenever you boil the kettle for a cup tea, tidy up the kitchen. If the kitchen is tidy, tidy up the next room – it’s only five minutes but it keeps you on top of everything.
- Follow the “one in, two out” rule. That means, whenever you bring in an item, you have to throw away two others. One new shirt in and two old ones out!
- If you have lots of storage, you’ll fill it with stuff, regardless of its importance. Make your storage space smaller.
- If you haven’t worn a clothing item in six months, sell or donate it.
- De-clutter one room before starting on the next one. If you start two or three at a time, you will probably get bored.
- Don’t be afraid to ask someone else, who you trust, to help you go through your things. They don’t have the emotional attachment that you might have, but can still recognize if something should be kept.
- Once you have read a book, why not recycle it among friends, family or local libraries. If you buy a new gaming system, donate your old one – and all the games.
If you have plenty of valuables that are cluttering your room, study or office, why not consider using a storage unit? It is a cheap, safe and clean way of storing your goods on a short, mid or long term basis.
Lucinda Dangerfield, co director of the Space Centre Self Storage centres in North Bristol and Gloucestershire, said; “I have done it myself. I have built up a large collection of goods which in the end, makes the room appear too cluttered. I found that by using storage, you not only free up some valuable space and make your room look a great deal tidier and manageable, but it means you don’t have to throw away sentimental belongings.
We find that many people use us for that reason, in the knowledge that their belongings are safe, clean and dry and available to them at any time.”
If you’ve recently had a clear out and have any tips for de-cluttering or using storage why not share them below? Alternatively, if you’re just starting and want some advice, contact us directly, and we will provide you with a free quote on any size of unit over any duration of time.