Decluttering your home: What not to do


Few would disagree that there’s nothing quite as satisfying as decluttering your home. Sure, you could build a shiny new extension to your property, but simply removing unused and unwanted items from a home can a lot of times make just as much difference. It can free up space and ultimately, make your property feel bigger than it really is.

However, the art of decluttering is certainly easier said than done, regardless of the method you use. Approach it in the wrong manner, and you won’t make any progress whatsoever. This is the reason today’s guide has been put together, as we reveal a list of what not to do when you take on the decluttering task.

Don’t approach the task without knowing what to do with unwanted items

This is the principal mistake that a lot of people decluttering a home make. They will start the task, start creating piles of items, only to then scratch their head and ask themselves exactly what they want to do with these items. Sure, they need moving out of the home, but where exactly?

Of course, the options are endless. Donating is one of the on-trend things right now, and for very good reason. Luckily you can donate pretty much anything right now (you could even donate a boat!), so the options are endless. The alternative is just throwing away completely, but in the age of staying green we’d try and sway away from this.

Don’t take on the whole house in a day

You might bounce out of bed and decide that today is the day your house is going to be transformed. Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite work like that and you will be disappointed.

You will be surprised at just how much time it takes to declutter one room. In fact, most people will struggle to complete a room in a day, so budget your time accordingly.

The last thing you want is to become disheartened after a couple of hours and realize that the job is just too big to take on. Have a little perspective, and make sure that you know what you are letting yourself in for.

Don’t buy storage solutions before organizing

Another big mistake that a lot of people make is committing to buy countless pieces of storage before they have actually taken on the task of decluttering.

Some might view this step as being proactive, but we certainly don’t. It’s at this stage that you really don’t know what you are letting yourself in for and by buying pieces of furniture of this ilk, you run the risk of not actually needing to use them (and then it’s a vicious circle; you have to dispose of those pieces).

The best way to approach a major decluttering job in your home is to sort everything out that you are keeping, and then make your decision on where to put them. Chances are, now that you have removed so much clutter from your house, you will probably have lots of new spaces for them anyway!

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