Sick and tired of a feeling like a hoarder? Not sure what to do with your clutter? Make this year your year by clearing the clutter you have wished to get rid of for so long.
Follow our easy tips to find your way to an orderly, unchaotic home!
1. Understand why you live with clutter
A key aspect of getting rid of clutter is the understanding of how it got there in the first place. It is important to note this as it will help you to steer away from your weaknesses when decluttering. At Cash Converters we have found that people generally can be categorized into these clutter personalities: You are too busy: your struggle comes with the purchase of items you already own. You have no system for storing the items you own and so you don’t have the time to search for the items if you need them. As a result, you end up buying the items again instead of looking through the clutter.
The “what if” worrier: You believe that you may have use for the items cluttering up your home in the future. So you end up keeping
everything because of the big “what if?” You are overwhelmed by the clutter: you have no idea how or where to start implementing an orderly system – so you just live in the mess.
2. Answer 3 questions for yourself when sorting through the clutter:
The initial step to sorting through clutter is avoiding thoughts that will make you revert to keeping unnecessary items. Avoid thoughts like “this could be useful,” or “I need that!” If you don’t use the item at least once a year, it is not worthy of contributing to the clutter in your home.
Rather think of the things you wish to achieve out of decluttering your home, such as space, serenity and freedom; things that are probably more important to you than any unused item lying about your house.
So with that comes the questions to ask yourself when sorting things:
1. Do I really need this item?
2. Do I really love it? And
3. Would I swap this item for inner peace? The answers to these questions will surely aid you in your sorting, giving you the freedom to declutter your life.
3. Take 10 minutes out of your day to declutter:
If you feel like you will never be able to conquer the clutter, because you don’t have the time to sit for hours sorting through junk, use this technique that will help you create a sense of order slowly but surely.
1. Firstly, get yourself two black bags, both to be used for clearing the insignificant detritus from your house.
2. The first bag should be used for rubbish and the second bag for items to donate to charity/to take to a car boot sale e.g. books that you don’t need and clothes that you don’t have use for.
Practise this sorting technique for 10 minutes every day and there will be a visible difference after a few weeks.
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4. Manage your mail
Don’t force yourself to sort through the mail if you don’t have the time. Put unsorted mail in a box or basket to avoid unnecessary stacks of mail
scattered about the house.
Once you have found the time to sort through the mail, take the basket holding it to a place where you can easily sort paperwork. Take out all the
flyers first, putting them aside for sorting into recycling and useful flyers e.g. coupons. Keep catalogues if you are looking for a specific item, but
make sure to chuck out the old catalogues that are outdated. Then sort the rest: bills, letters from friends, invites, membership renewals, etc.
Always open bills first as they need to be paid to maintain a respectful relation to you and the services billing you. If you need their service, you
are obligated to pay them. Take out any invites so that you can later put the dates in your diary and send out RSVPs.
If you have the space in your home study, it’s a good idea to stack bills, invites and letters in little bins.
5. Devote yourself to being organized:
The trick to decluttering through organization is never to do things partially. Yes it is easy to just pop your dirty plate on the kitchen counter or chuck your dirty clothes on the floor, but this creates disorder.
Think of these tasks as similar to the use of your washing machine; you would never put the washing machine on and let it sit for a few days as
this would lead to a catastrophe of smelly clothes. It takes one minute out of your day to put your clothes in the washing
basket and your plates into the dishwasher. Dedicate yourself to a routine like this and you will definitely see the desirable results of a more orderly home.
6. Remember the Acronym for an Orderly Home:
You need to strictly prevent yourself from buying new, superfluous things – avoid “great bargains” and sales. Rather, you should restrict yourself to
clearing clutter instead of gathering more of it! The F.A.S.T. system will very effectively help you with this step by step.
F: Fix a suitable time. You need to find a time that everybody involved can schedule as decluttering is family issue. So schedule a good time for
everyone, and make attendance compulsory! You could organise a weekend or a few hours in the week where everyone in house gathers to sort out the mess.
A: Anything that you haven’t used in a year. The reality you must face is that any object you haven’t used for 12 consecutive months is very unlikely to be a necessity in your life. If this is the case, you should chuck it out, as it is just another item causing clutter.
Using these questions, you can evaluate the importance of each object in
• Do I ever make use of this?
• When was the last time I used it?
• Will need to use it again?
• Is it worth the clutter it causes in my home?
Keep in mind that the ultimate goal is to remove unnecessary things from your home and not to just simply transfer them into a different room in the house. you shouldn’t waste time deliberating and creating reasons to hold onto unneeded things.
S: Somebody else’s items: it is ridiculous to hold onto things that do not belong to you and are just causing chaos in your living space. Your
house should not hold any items that aren’t yours if they are causing disorder. Return the items to their owners to free your home from other people’s mess.
T: Trash. When sorting out your home, the rubbish bin should be your greatest ally. You should be proud of how many things you have chucked away. Make this a family game as to who has thrown out the most and give a prize to the best purger. Always keep in mind that you only want to hold onto the amount of items that can fit into the space of your home without causing clutter.
7. Get rid of souvenirs and memorabilia that you don’t need:
Your home is not an antique shop. You don’t always have to conform to the unspoken rule of keeping old, passed-down items that you don’t like
or use. You don’t have to keep your great grandmother’s chipped tea set if you have no use for it. It is not necessary to keep things just because they were owned by a relative.
And if the inherited items are valuable, you can sell them too. At Cash Converters, we sell all sorts of valuables, giving you cash in return. But if you believe that selling them is not the right way forward, you could also give them to another family member who will actually make use of them. But if you like an item enough to keep it, make sure that it works as a replacement to an item you already have. For example, if you want to keep your grandfather’s old cuckoo clock, then get rid of your current clock to avoid clutter.
One of the most difficult tasks is parting with items that bring you nostalgia. Mementos bring you back to the memory that the object holds. The real trick to parting with these items (if they are of no use to you) is not to replay the memory they bring to your mind over and over again. Look at the object from a pragmatic perspective. If it is useless, let it go.
8. Purge your clothes efficiently:
Finding out which clothes you need and the ones you don’t can be a tricky process, causing you to avoid the depths of your ever-growing clothing collection. Use this method to eliminate the clothes you don’t wear from your cupboard.
1. Place all the clothes on hangers in your cupboard with the hangers in a back-to-front direction.
2. whenever you wear an item of clothing, put it back in the cupboard facing the right direction
3. if you put an item on and choose not to use it, place it back in the cupboard and place the hanger backward.
4. After six months, all the clothes that you have no use for will have their hangers turned backwards. They are the cause of your cupboard clutter and you should think about chucking them out.
9. Clear your Kitchen:
Are you unsure of what you use and don’t use amongst your kitchen utensils? Use this method to figure this out:
1. Put all your kitchen utensils in a cardboard box for a month.
2. When you take an item to use it, put it back in your usual kitchen utensils drawer.
3. After one month, the left over items in the cardboard box should indicate to you what you don’t use and thus, don’t need.
4. Donate these extra items to charity, or sell them at Cash Converters.
It is important to note that everything in your home should have a designated storage space, just like your forks, knives and plates do. If you own an object that has no place to be put when it is not being used, it contributes to clutter.