In my previous post about spring cleaning I briefly mentioned about decluttering. It's something we have been putting off and definitely need to get round to doing. I try and declutter at different points throughout the year and spring time is the perfect time to do so.  Decluttering has many benefits including being able to tidy and clean your home much easier. So today I'm sharing some of my tips for when it's time to do a declutter. 


One room at a time

It's easy to get overwhelmed so I always do one room at a time. Then I start with one section of a room before moving onto another. For example starting with the wardrobe than moving onto other areas such as under our ottoman bed and drawers.

Have a list

A list can be really helpful for decluttering so you have an idea of things you need to sort in each room.

Dedicated sorting zones 

When I'm decluttering I like to sort out into piles of keep, sell, donate and bin. This means each item has a place to go. 

Invest in storage items

Storage is one of the big things that you need to address when it comes to items you choose to keep. Shelves are definitely useful as are units like the IKEA Kallax  and also baskets. These can make areas of the home alot less cluttered and organised so that everything is easy to find too.

Set a timer

Setting a timer is a great way to keep you motivated. This can really help to make the process alot more manageable.

Don't rush

De-cluttering and organising takes time. There is no need to rush, you can declutter with a schedule that works for you. It could be over a week or over the space of a month for example.

Get kids involved

If you have children then get them involved. Teach them where things go and the habit of putting them there. Get your kids putting toys away each night and involve them in the declutter process. Children copy what parents do so if they see you decluttering and putting items back where they belong they should follow suit.

Get into good habits

Putting back items when not in use isn't the only good habit to get into. Get into a habit of decluttering often is a good habit to have.

For further reading why not check out How to be ruthless when decluttering clothes.

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