Despite our best intentions sometimes items, products, and even foods simply build up in our homes without us realizing it, creating a dated cluttered look rather than a sleek and stylish contemporary feel. Every home needs a good clean very often, but many homeowners are daunted by the prospect of decluttering as it can be such a mammoth task. There’s really no need to be scared! If you’re someone who is reluctant to declutter your home – or if you’re simply not sure how to declutter your home – here are some handy tips to get you started:
Decluttering Tips for the Kitchen
It’s so easy to buy food products put them in the store cupboard then forget about them, sometimes for years and years! Products that are beyond their use-by date should not be eaten and they take up valuable room in the kitchen. Here are some tips for decluttering the kitchen or pantry:
1) Start with the refrigerator. Get rid of anything that’s beyond its best use date. Cheeses, milks, creams, and condiments are common offenders, often having a very short shelf life. Clean out the food from any packaging and recycle the glass jars, cardboard cartons, or plastic bottles that it came in.
2) Move onto the store cupboard or pantry. Throw away anything that is past its use-by date (remember to recycle the packaging, if possible) and then take a look at other products in there. If something is still in date but you don’t think you’ll use it, consider donating it to a local food bank.
3) It’s also worth looking at your cutlery and utensils, and your cookware shelves. Reorganize any jumbled cutlery or utensils – organize by type and keep in separate sections. Consider storage for large, bulky items that you rarely use – such as novelty appliances that seemed like a good idea at the time – and get rid of any pans that are tarnished.
Tackling Clutter in the Bedroom
Decluttering the bedroom is important too! It’s not good for clothes to be stuffed into an overloaded wardrobe, the materials could be damaged and clothing could crease easily. If you decide to declutter your home, the bedroom should be one of the first areas you tackle. Here’s how to do it:
1) Don’t be tempted to hang on to clothes that don’t fit. If they don’t fit there’s no point keeping them. There are other people that could make more use of the garments than you could, so consider giving these items to the charity.
2) Similarly, you may wish to give away any items that you just don’t wear any longer. Make a note of any items you haven’t worn in the last month and ask yourself if you really need to keep them.
3) Your delicate drawer is another place that would probably benefit from some attention! Socks and underwear with holes in aren’t particularly comfortable or hygienic, so it’s may be time to say goodbye to them. If you’ve got room in your cleaning cupboard, old socks make good rags.
Decluttering the Bathroom
1) Start with the medicine cabinet
2) Throw anything that is beyond its expiry
3) Check the dates on your toiletries
4) Throw away anything that hasn’t been used in a long time and recycle the container
The Best Decluttering Methods for Your Home
1) Break down decluttering into manageable chunks
2) Manage a small bit at a time
3) Start with and focus completely on a single room
4) Break down the chores in the room by starting off with a single cupboard and then move on to the shelf and so on
1) Start small. Decluttering a cupboard or book shelf is a good way to begin with. The achievement of completing these tasks will motivate you to move on to your next – perhaps slightly bigger task.
2) Declutter room by room. This will break it down into manageable chunks and help you to stay organized.