Effective Decluttering Tips
Reorganising rooms and decluttering them before you start cleaning is a good idea, as dust and dirt will inevitably get whipped up when you move items from room to room. The simplest way to get rid of a lot of accumulated clutter is to use the ‘three box’ approach:
- Sort all your ‘miscellaneous’ items into three boxes: ‘To keep’, ‘To get rid of’, and ‘Undecided’.
- Find appropriate homes for the items you want to keep.
- Consider donating your unwanted items to charity, selling them online, or recycling them. The altruism factor might motivate you to get rid of the more sentimental items, knowing that they will get a new lease of life somewhere else.
- For those items you are unsure about, put them in the box and store it away for six months. If you need to break back into the box to reclaim an item, it means that you need it – if, after six months, you haven’t touched any of the items then they can safely be given away.
Some items come with hidden emotional baggage – we are unwilling to part with otherwise useless items, because they remind us of something from the past. Be prepared to identify underlying emotional ties, which will make clearing out the clutter a lot more effective and refreshing.
Spring Cleaning Tips – Getting it All Done
We can’t always find a big enough break in our schedule to spring clean our house from top to bottom all in one go. A lot of us will have to make do with a couple of smaller serious cleaning sessions spread over the month, instead. If you can’t put a few consecutive days aside to spring clean, break the tasks up into logical batches – first, declutter, and then clean one or two rooms intensively at a time.
When cleaning, remember to keep rooms well ventilated while using any cleaning products. Read the labels before trying out any new products, and make sure to wear proper protective clothing, safe in the knowledge that it’ll feel great when it’s all done!