10 WAYS TO MAKE DECLUTTERING EASIER
Decluttering feels like it should be easy. You just throw away the clutter and the stuff you don’t use. Yet, for many of us, becoming clutter-free at home is difficult. Check out this post for 10 ways to make decluttering easier.
WHY CAN DECLUTTERING BE HARD?
If decluttering your home involves just getting rid of anything that you don’t use, don’t like or don’t need, then really it should be quite easy.
Just ask yourself simple questions to help you decide what to declutter and get started! Easy? Well, not always!
Despite some wonderful benefits, sometimes we find it difficult to declutter.
Here are some of the reasons we give:
- Not enough time
- Don’t know where to start
- Always got the kids with us
- Too much stuff
- Lack of motivation
- Don’t know what to do with the unwanted stuff
Do any of these sound familiar? If so, don’t worry! You’re definitely not alone.
In this post I’m suggesting 10 ways to make decluttering easier. We’ll look at the biggest stumbling blocks and problems that many of us experience when it comes to decluttering our homes.
With a little bit of planning and strategic thinking, you can make decluttering your home easier, quicker and less stressful!
10 WAYS TO MAKE DECLUTTERING EASIER
#1 Start in an easy place
Choose a place to start that won’t take ages and isn’t filled with difficult-to-declutter items like old photos.
For me, the best and easiest place to start is probably the bathroom.
- It’s a relatively small space with a finite amount of storage.
- You tend to know what you use and what you don’t.
- It’s not filled with sentimental items for you to spend ages deliberating over. And,
- There aren’t that many items to slow you down and make you lose motivation.
Don’t start by decluttering your garage or attic because these can be tricky spaces that test many of us!
#2 Tackle the bit that will make the biggest difference to you
Think about which room, area or type of item you spend most of your time tidying, clearing up and generally looking after.
If you want the best and quickest results that will make the biggest difference to you, then tackle these first. You’ll see quick results which will motivate you to carry on! For example,
- If you’ve got little kids, it’s usually the toys.
- If you spend a lot of time cooking, it might be the kitchen.
- If you work from home, it could be the home office or your desk.
#3 Try an area that will make you feel good
To use my own personal example, I started by decluttering my clothes.
I was getting fed up looking like something the cat had dragged in. I had a wardrobe full of clothes but didn’t wear about 80% of them and I could never find anything to wear each morning. So, I’d always end up reaching for the jeans and sweater at the top of the pile.
When I decluttered my wardrobe, I got rid of over half my clothes (mostly donated to charity). I kept only the pieces that I loved to wear, felt good in and that fitted me.
Getting dressed in the morning was so much easier, quicker and more fun!
Decluttering my wardrobe came with such great benefits. It spurred me on to declutter other areas of my home and life to feel other benefits too!
#4 Declutter in waves
If the thought of decluttering everything in a room in one go is too daunting, try decluttering in waves.
Do a quick sweep of each room or area to declutter the obvious stuff. Then go back again and again in successive waves and each time you’ll notice something new to declutter in the room that you hadn’t noticed before.
#5 Get the kids involved
If you’ve got a young family, finding the time to declutter without your kids around is almost impossible.
Instead, get creative and fit your decluttering around them:
- Declutter the bathroom whilst they’re playing in the bath
- Declutter your wardrobe in the evening when they’ve gone to bed
- Declutter part of the kitchen whilst they’re having lunch
If your kids are older, you might ask them to help you. Explain what you’re doing and why and get them to join in. They could sort their toys into piles of what they play with a lot, play with never, or play with sometimes. Maybe do the same with their books or even favourite clothes?
#6 Make it fun and reward yourself
If your kids are helping you declutter then this is vital, but even if it’s just you, make decluttering fun!
Choose a time when you’re all in a good mood and perhaps turn it into a game or a challenge. For example, who’s the quickest at bagging up 5 toys they no longer play with to give to charity? Put some music on, sing whilst you’re doing it and anything else you can think of to make it fun!
Reward yourselves when you’re finished with tea and a biscuit, a glass of wine, film night or a trip to the park or something else that’s a special treat!
#7 Break it down into manageable chunks
Don’t commit to declutter the entire kitchen in one go. That’s likely to take you ages and put you off before you’ve even started.
Instead, try breaking it down into manageable chunks. Using the kitchen as an example, try breaking it up into:
- Gadgets and appliances
You can tackle this in stages so it feels easier and less overwhelming.
#8 Declutter little and often
You might find it easier and more convenient to do decluttering little and often rather than dedicating big blocks of time.
Doing 10 or 20 minutes consistently, here or there, will get you much better results than doing nothing for a week then catching up all Saturday.
Just plan what you’re going to declutter with each spare bit of time.
This way you’re organised and know what needs to be done in the time you’ve got available, rather than wasting time deciding what to do when you could actually be decluttering.
#9 Mark it on your calendar
Mark out time in your calendar each day/week for when you’re going to declutter. Set an alert on your phone to remind you and an alert when it’s time to start.
You’re much less likely to forget about it or put it off. It’ll also help you make sure you’ve got blocks of time set aside for decluttering and you won’t double book yourself with something far more exciting!
#10 Deal with the unwanted stuff straightaway
Don’t be tempted to sit back and think you’re done until the rubbish bag is in the bin, the donate and recycle bags have been donated and recycled.
Otherwise you’ll find your family rooting through the bags, pulling out items they’d forgotten they had and now want to keep. All your hard work (and maybe theirs) will be undone.
It’s easy to think decluttering is too difficult or time-consuming but it’s really more to do with getting some tactics in place and a strategy to follow.
These 10 ways to make decluttering easier will help you declutter with as little stress and hassle as possible!
Let me know in the comments if you have tips to share!