Decluttering your home is a love or hate thing. Clearing your house gives you the chance to clear the deadwood, giving you room for all the new things you want to buy, and peace of mind when you decide to head out and enjoy some of your hometown hotspots. Here’s how you can rid your home of clutter in five steps.
Write down a list of all the things you need
You only need so much stuff in your home. Without your fridge, your milk goes rotten. If you don’t have a towel, you’ll be forced to dry yourself with t-shirts. And if you don’t have any spare bulbs, you’ll be sat in the dark when your lights blow.
You and I know that there are only a few things you really need. Knowing what they are is the first stage in decluttering your home. So begin by listing whatever you can’t survive with. This video runs through some of the things you need in your life:
Not all of these things will be a must for you, but it gives you a good starting point. Make your own list and then save it on a doc. Personally, I like to use the notes app on my phone. You might want something more permanent. If you do Wunderlist is a great tool for this. The important thing is you know what you can and can’t live without.
Make a record of everything that you love
There are a few items you treasure above all others; for me, it’s my Kurt Cobain action figure and an array of cardigans. For you, it may be your Gilmore Girls box set and signed copy of Michael Bublé’s Christmas album. When decluttering your home you must establish what your non-negotiable ‘I have to keep these’ things are.
While these items might not be useful, they are still essential. They have an emotional value which means they occupy a treasured part of your life. Why is this important? Because life is about the little things, the icons that take you away from the greyness of the 9-5. If bin the things you love you might as well not bother with the rest.
Tick off all of your items that are valuable
Now you’ve got the bits and bobs that you can’t live and go on without. The next step is to think not about your head or your heart, but your bank account. Why? Because if you have things cluttering your home which are worth money you should get max value from them.
It should be simple to find these items – your old slippers are not valuable, but the vintage Welsh dresser gathering dust in the corner might be. To get an idea of which items are worth keeping, read through this article.
Tear the bandaid off and throw the rest in the trash
The hard part’s done. You’ve got all the antiques, heirlooms, toys, and togs you can’t live without. This is where you dive deep into catharsis and throw all the rest into the trash.
I won’t lie, this stage of decluttering is the least fun. Looking through your things brings back memories, both good and bad. Throwing your stuff away creates new ones you’ll forget as soon as the sweat from moving them evaporates.
This is why you want to make your life as quick and easy as possible. If you’re a hoarder, like me, you may need to hire a dumpster to get rid of everything. If you’ve spent your life cutting your ties with things, a garbage bag or ten and a little help from your friends may do.
Decluttering your home gives you a chance to draw a line under the past and write a new future. Removing the things you don’t need, love, or find value in opens up space in your house. So now you can go away and fill it with new things!