By natalie smit-ash, Jan 25 2018 12:11PM
Like the crocuses appearing from the earth, we too are beginning to emerge from the warmth and comfort of our wintry slumber and what better way to shed off our old skin than to de-clutter and spring clean our home spaces.
It sounds easy enough, however we tend to grow attached to our 'stuff' to the point that it starts to own us, rather than the other way around!
Here's twelve top tips to help you in your quest for space...clean house, clear mind!
De-clutter for 15 minutes every day. It’s amazing how much you can get through if you just do it in small amounts like this
Donate stuff you’re de-cluttering, so you don’t feel bad about clearing it out.
Start at the corner by the door and move your way around the room, doing the superficial stuff first – surfaces, empty the bin etc. Repeat, but do more the second time around – i.e. Open the drawers and clear out.
Whenever you’re boiling the kettle for tea, tidy up the kitchen. If the kitchen is tidy, tidy up the next room – it’s only 5 minutes but it keeps you on top of everything.
Make your storage space smaller and more minimal. If you have lots of storage, you’ll fill it with stuff.
Clothing rule: If you haven’t worn an item in 6 months, sell or donate it.
The One-Year Box. Take all your items that you unsure about getting rid of as “I might need this someday”, put them in a box, seal it and date it for 1 year in the future. When the date comes, and you still didn’t need to open it to get anything, donate the box WITHOUT OPENING IT. You probably won’t even remember what there was in the box.
De-clutter one room before starting on the next one. Spending time in that room will feel really good, and it will be so easy to keep clean, that it will motivate you to do more!
Keep a list in your phone or diary labelled “Don’t Need It – Don’t Want It.” When you’re out shopping and run across some kind of gadget or other item you crave, note it down on the list. This will slow you down long enough to reconsider. Also, seeing the other things on the list that you nearly bought on impulse, really helps.
Internalise that your value is not in your “stuff”. It is just “stuff”, realise that your value grows when you share your “stuff”. Hoarding is a selfish act.
Have someone else (who you trust) help you go through things. They don’t have the emotional attachment that you might have, but can still recognise if something should be kept or left.
Gift everything. Books you’ve read immediately get recycled among friends, family or local libraries.
Less is more.....