As a new year begins and we leave behind the Christmas holiday our houses are crammed full of presents and left over decorations. This is the perfect time to declutter and organise your home to make room for 2016!
Decluttering doesn’t necessarily mean throwing away all your belongings and embracing the minimalist look; organising your home can make a huge difference to the way your house looks and feels. Whether thinking of selling or simply making your life less stressful, here are some tips to help you with the ‘clear up’:
Find better storage solutions
Creating designated areas for your clutter can be a real space saver. Having a cupboard for bedding and a draw or box for paperwork can help organise your home and your head, knowing every item has a place.
Vacuum storage bags are a great way to store clothes or bedding neatly, keeping them clean and fresh for the next time they’re needed.
Sometimes we just have too many things filling our home, rather than throw away good quality clothes, books or furniture, help out your local charity shop or earn a little extra through selling online. This is a great way to declutter and will help someone else in the process.
Throwing away items is sometimes inevitable! If clothes and shoes are worn or ripped then the bin might be the best option, although there are recycling bins for textiles at your local refuse depot or recycling point.
Check the use by dates on medicine and food, you may find old cough medicines and tins of soup well past their date, which can be thrown away, ultimately saving you much needed cupboard space.
Clothes can often start spilling from your wardrobe or piling up on chairs. So dividing your wardrobe into seasons, by hanging up the winter clothes you need every day and storing your summer clothes away, provides easy access to the clothes you need.
Organising your paper work will help you find urgent documents easily and separate the important letters from junk mail, aiding your peace of mind.
Stop the source of the clutter
Once you have transformed your home, it will be easier to keep it feeling fresh and tidy and hopefully stop the clutter piling up again! (Providing you avoid the sales!)