Clutter can clog the smooth workings of any home
Each day, time is lost searching for missing keys, phones and paperwork when all that is needed is a little bit of organisation (easier said than done, we know). Disorganised people with cluttered lives often feel frustrated, anxious and out of control. They may even find it difficult to relax and unwind.
By taking the time to declutter, it can have a positive effect on your mental head space, as well as your physical space. The act of clearing out old bits and pieces can generate fresh energy and release negative emotions.
However, when faced with mountains of paper, piles of books and boxes of goodness-knows-what, it's hard to know where to begin.
We've put together a plan of attack to declutter your home, and your head.
Focus on a small area:
Sometimes the big picture can be overwhelming. Start with a manageable section such as one counter, a shelf or one single drawer. By beginning your war against the mess in portions you will set yourself up for success. Each small win will give you more motivation to continue clearing space. When you feel your resolve starting to ebb away, return to that one, clutter-free space and re-focus on your end-goal.
Slow & steady:
We know the urge to give your home an overhaul comes in waves. Every so often, the cluttered household will become intolerable and lead to a sudden and short-lived flurry of cleaning and sorting. But often, just as quickly, that determination can disappear. Cluttering your home takes time and lots of patience. Set aside an afternoon where you won't be disturbed and sink your teeth into your decluttering project. Sort things into four piles: one to be thrown out, sold, given away and one to be kept. Another good way to approach it is to schedule blocks of 2 - 4 hours once a week and dedicate that time to a different area each week.
Don't give up half way through!
Giving up is the worst thing you can do half way through your mission to minimise clutter. You might as well accept the fact that while you are making piles to donate, throw away and keep, things will get messier before they get more orderly. If you throw your hands up in exasperation and walk away before the job is complete, all you're doing is relocating your clutter to a more obvious place.
Prevention is the best solution:
As with all things, prevention is the best solution. Implement organisational systems that will stop your household from returning to the jumble it was before. If your car is a place that items seem to accumulate, you might try a car boot organiser to sort the sporting equipment from the gym gear. If the kitchen needs more of a system, why not introduce a chalk board to better communicate daily tasks and shopping lists.
There is no beating around the bush. Decluttering isn't a ton of fun, and it won't happen miraculously overnight, but once your house is spick and span, your whole life will feel more orderly.