Drowning in a sea of domestic disorder? Make today the day that you’ll conquer the chaotic clutter beast and claim control over your space.
Feeling overwhelmed? That’s perfectly natural! The key is to simplifying the process. Take a deep breath and break your decluttering mission down into rooms. Schedule one space at a time and, importantly, complete the task before moving onto the next room. For larger areas where clutter is a real issue, it’s wise to stick to a time limit – two-three hours max – and divide the space into manageable sections. Focus on one room only until completion; multi-tasking can be counterproductive as you may not get around to finishing the process in each space.
Culling the clutter isn’t rocket science. Simply sort your stuff into categories – bin it, sell on Ebay (one man’s trash is another man’s treasure), give away/donate or – remembering to be ruthless, peeps – store it away.
While it is nice to keep a few sentimental treasures, try to keep your emotional attachments in check and don’t hold onto the past via every little keepsake. Identify those few cherished items that you cannot part with and move them to a designated nostalgia box – then photograph the rest (then toss ’em out) and save the photos to disk.
There’s no ‘secret’ to maintaining an organised, clutter-free home but perhaps the golden rule to live by is to practice discipline and put things back in their place. Always. Every time. Got it?
Domayne’s Decluttering Commandments
1. Thou shalt dispose of one old item with every new purchase made – this applies to all members of the household. Don’t repeat the cycle of clutter by reverting to bad habits.
2. Allocate fifteen minutes every day to filing and tidying – its amazing what can be achieved in a concentrated period of time. For added motivation, set a timer and try do as much as you can within the time frame.
3. Thou shalt not covet goods thou does not require. For non-essentials, allow four weeks to pass before purchasing – at the end of the month you may find you no longer want or ‘need’ the item.
4. Should it stay or should it go? For those who are crippled by indecision, have a dedicated ‘maybe’ pile to sort through in one go.
5. Honour thy clutter-free home. Once you have culled, sorted, stored and tidied – maintain it! Commit to a new way of doing things. Be mindful and put things away as you go. Fully complete domestic tasks one-at-a-time and remember to resist the urge to multi-task or you may never accomplish anything!