Because we're coming into Spring, we asked our delightful friend Wendy to give us her super-simple decluttering tips. Wendy used to run her own decluttering business and has a gift for making things simple and getting stuff done.
Decluttering - Step 1
The first and most important thing to remember when you’re faced with a Mt Everest pile of stuff, mess or clutter is Just Start.
Just start with a little bit – don’t start with trying to tackle the garage that your car doesn’t fit into anymore, or your spare room laden with unused exercise equipment.
Decide on a specific definable area you are going to target. Just start with a single cupboard, or a small chest of drawers. Then empty it into a big ugly pile of clutter onto the floor.
Choose four large containers - laundry baskets are ideal. Everything you sort should be able to go into one of these containers. Label them as:
- KEEP IT
- RETURN IT
- DONATE IT
- RECYCLE / BIN IT
Decluttering - Step 2
The second important thing is to Keep It Simple. So as you are going through things bit by bit, item by item and you get a bit stuck – ask yourself these 2 questions:
- Do I love it?
- Do I use it?
If the answer is no to both these questions, then lose it!
Force yourself to continue until the entire pile is sorted into the four large baskets. Now you’re ready to stack and shelve the few precious pieces that have made it through to the KEEP IT container.
Decluttering - Step 3
A few extra hints to keep you going…..
Go on a shopping strike, while you are in this decluttering stage resist the urge to shop. Buy only food and absolute essentials. You are lightening your load and bringing in more will only make your job harder.
The objects that you have pegged for donating need to go there now! No time like the present. Load them into your boot and enjoy the joy of handing things on to people who need them more than you.
Return books and other random things you borrowed six months ago. Enjoy how good it feels to downsize your belongings by the bagful.
Now and only now take an honest look at the storage space you have available. If you need some new storage cubes get your tape measure out and decide on the size needed. If boxes with lids are what’s required, once again measure.