After the influx of Christmas presents, you suddenly realise that there’s no room in the cupboards for anymore ‘stuff’! When you’re busy, clutter can build up until it’s taking over your life. Psychologists agree that clutter can negatively impact mental well-being, in particular, amongst women. Evidence points towards the importance of a less cluttered living space for both mental and physiological health, so the New Year is the perfect time to get organised. Here are my top tips for decluttering your home (and mind):
1. View your home as a first-time visitor. It’s easy to “forget” what your home looks like to a new visitor. Enter your home as if you’re visiting the home of a friend. Write down your first impression on how clean and organized the home is and make changes.
2. Take before and after photos and post on social media – your friends will encourage you and you will have a permanent record of how great your home can look.
3. Start with the area that is worst or that drives you mad the most.
4. Try and get someone to help you who can offer a different (and honest!) opinion.
5. Put aside a chunk of time where you can work through the mess without distractions.
6. Buy something tasty for your tea break to keep your energy up (never mind January diets!)
7. Get four boxes or bin bags ready – these can be grouped into: bin, recycle, charity and sell. Anything else, you keep.
8. If you haven't used it in a year and won't use it in the next year, it has to go, unless it has sentimental value.
9. Sell things on eBay, local Facebook pages or car boot / table top sales.
10. Many items can be recycled - check with your local council.
11. Charity shops are always grateful for donations.
12. Buy some new storage to stop you ging back to your old ways.
13. When it's done, you'll feel a great sense of reward and relief. You will enjoy the extra space and the money from the sale of unwanted items.
But remember that piles of stuff are the thin end of the wedge. Ultimately you have to change your behaviour and put stuff away as you go, or it will all creep back....!
Get in touch with Fiona Jones for a free consultation: 07587 170707.