Five Great Ways to Declutter Your Home

Decluttering your home can seem like a daunting process, especially if you’ve lived there for a while. Over the years, we all tend to accumulate stuff that – if we’re honest with ourselves – we don’t really want or need. Getting rid of all that can be a time consuming process, but trust us when we say the reward is well worth the effort: your home will look better than ever, and you’ll have less trouble finding things!

To assist with your decluttering process, we’ve come up with a list of five easy-to-follow tips. Stick to these and your home will be spick and span in no time – happy decluttering!

Determine your goals

Before you start throwing stuff away, think about what you actually want to achieve. Do you want to raise a bit of cash by selling unwanted items? Perhaps you want to clear out your kitchen cupboards and reorganise them? Or maybe you’re planning to grow your family and want to free up a spare room in readiness?

Whatever you want to achieve, make sure that everything you do from this point on works towards that goal.

Start small

Decluttering an entire home is no mean feat, so we’d recommend starting off slowly. Handle the easier stuff first – it’ll help you hit the ground running and give you the motivation you need to see the entire process through.

Establish criteria

Work out criteria to help you decide what’s going in your ‘keep’ pile and what’s not. Good questions to ask yourself are:

  • Is it useful – will I actually go to it?
  • When was the last time I used it?
  • Does it make me happy?
  • Does it have sentimental value – will I regret getting rid of it?

Be honest with yourself

The criteria you establish will only be effective if you’re totally honest with yourself. Don’t be afraid to be ruthless; just because you’ve had something for a long time doesn’t mean you have to keep it forever. If it doesn’t meet your criteria, it should go. Someone else may enjoy it much more than you do.

Categorise items

Sort your unwanted items into categories. For example:

  • Items to be sold online
  • Items that can be taken to charity
  • Items you can give to a friend or family member
  • Items you can recycle or bin

Try self storage

Want to keep hold of your items but not have them in your home? There’s a simple solution: self storage! Discover more about our storage units in Peterborough today to find out how they could help you.