Decluttering is a necessity. If you want your home to look as pleasant as possible, then you’re occasionally going to need to roll up your sleeves and clear a room from top to bottom. This is especially true when you’re a parent, as old essentials and toys can soon begin to pile up as time flies by.
Decluttering, however, is not as simple a task as it initially sounds. Like most things in life, there is a technique for good decluttering; a way of going about the process that is able to produce the best possible results. If you’re planning to declutter a part of your house in future, then you need to know about the four steps to effective decluttering…
Stage One — Planning
All good decluttering starts with a planning session. You need to write down the following:
- Which items you definitely want to be rid of
- Which items you definitely want to keep
- A list of anything new you want to bring into the room when it’s been decluttered
All of the above will come in very handy later on in the decluttering process.
Stage Two — Clearing
Now you’re into the physical work. Clearing is the toughest part of decluttering, largely because at this point you’re far from any semblance of organisation. There’s likely to be a lot of rubbish collection at this point; items you no longer want or (in some cases) had even forgotten you had. Getting rid of these items can be a rather time-consuming process, so speed things up by opting for same-day rubbish removal so you can keep going. Start by removing the items on the “must go” list you made above, and carefully protect any items from the “must keep” list— ideally by safely stashing them in another room as soon as possible.
It’s important to note that good decluttering involves removing everything from the room at this point, including items you intend to return to the room. You want a completely empty shell if at all possible.
Stage Three — Cleaning
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Now you have an empty space, you can throw yourself into a deep clean. If it’s been a long time since the room has been bare of possessions, this may take a surprisingly long time, but it’s well worth it. Deep cleaning allows you to start completely anew with the room in a fresh, pleasant space, so don’t skip this step if you want your decluttering to produce the best results.
Stage Four — Organising
Finally, you’re into stage four. Grab your “must keep” list and ensure those items are the first back into the newly-clean room. Then add the items from your list of new pieces you want to introduce to the room; this is a crucial step, as many people just return existing items to the room, forgetting that they wanted to introduce new furniture. With the essentials and the new items in place, everything else can return to the room. You should naturally find you have more space available and organising is easier than ever, but if you’re still struggling, it’s worth trying a few storage hacks to ensure everything definitely has a home.
If you work through these five steps, you can be confident of a perfectly decluttered room in the shortest possible time. Good luck!