There are lots of benefits to living clutter-free. Not only will you have more space in your home, there will also be less to clean and less organise. Decluttering is also good for our mental health, offering less distractions when trying to concentrate or get to sleep. However letting go of possessions can be difficult and it can be easy to lose motivation. For those that are determined to have a clear-out, here are some of the ways that you can declutter more creatively.
Declutter one room at a time
By going through your home one room at a time, you’ll get more of a sense of reward from the decluttering process. You could aim to take on a new room every week. Start with the messiest rooms first and work your way down to least cluttered. This should include attics, garages and sheds too as these can often become dumping grounds for unused stuff. After taking on a messy loft, a bedroom may not seem so bad and you’ll have more motivation.
Use the Oprah Winfrey coat hanger method
For tackling an out-of-control wardrobe, why not try the Oprah Winfrey coat hanger method. This involves reorganising all your clothes hangers so that the hanger is pointing towards you. Once you’ve worn an item of clothing, put it back in the wardrobe with the coat hanger facing the other way. After a few months, you’ll be able to clearly see which clothes you haven’t worn as the coat hangers will still be facing you. This will help you decide which clothes to keep and which to get rid of.
Embrace the digital age
There may be ways of cutting down on your clutter by embracing the digital age. CD collections can all be digitally ripped, allowing you to get rid of your physical albums. Books can be replaced by eBooks, saving you shelving space. You could even go so far as to digitise all your photographs. This approach of going digital isn’t for everyone, but if you’re not a keen physical collector it could help free up some space.
Don’t give yourself a chance to change your mind
You should avoid the temptation to look back through piles of clothes or bags of possessions that you’ve decided to throw out. Using a same day waste disposal service such as samedayrubbishremoval.com.au could prevent you from being able to go back on your choices. If you’re selling or donating, also aim to do this swiftly.
Know when to sell, when to donate and when to throw away
You can’t make money out of all your items – there’ll be clutter that’s pretty much useless to everyone and deserves only to go in a skip. Similarly however, you shouldn’t chuck everything, as some items could be valuable or be donated to someone who may appreciate them more. Use sites to value items so that you know what to sell, what to donate and what to scrap. For example, there are sites such as Crossbooks.com.au that are great for valuing old books.