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Nobody wants to live in a cluttered house. Clutter can quickly become overwhelming, making you feel uncomfortable, as well as making your space unliveable. When you head home after a long day at work, time out socialising, attending hobbies or anything else, you want to let your hair down and relax in a comfortable environment. This is possible in a clutter free home, but if you live in a cluttered home, you can find yourself experiencing difficulty finding spaces to sit, tripping or stumbling on objects between rooms and generally feeling confined and closed in. Decluttering is the process of removing this clutter and only leaving functional or genuinely sentimental items in your home. Tackling everything at once can be daunting, but tackling the mess one, small challenge at a time can be positive and more approachable. Here are some small challenges that should help you get there, one step at a time.
Tackle Your Loft Space
Many of us are guilty of stuffing unnecessary belongings in our loft or attic spaces rather than facing them head on. This is a common tactic, as items placed in these areas are often out of sight and out of mind. But a day will come when you need to access your loft to find things and it will be a nightmare of a task. Instead, you should try decluttering your loft space to create a clear and organised room that can be used as intended. Start by heading into your loft and surveying the space. This often tends to be a neglected area of the home and you may even find holes in the roof that need to be covered with polycarbonate sheets. Combat any repair work that needs to be done and then turn your attention to the contents of the space. Divide out items into categories. First – items that you use occasionally and will want to keep, such as Christmas decorations or other occasional decorations. Box these up, label them and keep them in a specific area together. Next, genuinely sentimental items you want to keep for the future. Again, box these up, label them and put them together in a designated area. Thirdly, you are likely to find junk items you simply haven’t brought yourself to throw away. These need to be disposed of.
Decluttering Your Kitchen Cupboards
Look in your kitchen cupboards and check the dates on all items stored in there. You are likely to find there are many that are out of date. Compost these and recycle the packaging.
Decluttering Your Bathroom Cupboards
The same logic applies to your bathroom cupboards. Many cosmetic products have a use by date on them. Dispose if out of date.
Disposing of Items
Of course, it’s best to not throw things into landfill if possible. Alternative options to consider first include:
Hopefully, some of these suggestions will work for you and you’ll be able to overcome the challenges to create a comfortable and enjoyable home to spend your time in!