Decluttering is all the rage right now, and with good reason: it is generally a pretty good way to ensure that your home is easier to look after and keep tidy, and it is also generally known to have strong benefits for your mental health too. But when it comes to actually decluttering a family home, there are many things that you might be wondering about and trying to figure out. In this post, we are going to try and make this as simple as possible, so that you can declutter your family home without too much trouble at all.
In general, the best way to do this is to go room-by-room, because that way you are going to probably find it all a lot more manageable. If you try to do the home as a whole, it can seem like a much bigger process than you can handle, whereas going room-by-room is going to mean that you have a much better chance of keeping your wits about you as you do it. So consider doing it this way, and you should have a much better chance of actually enjoying the process too, as well as it being all the more effective.
Clear Surfaces First
Within each room, you are then going to want to clear the tops of objects first, as this is usually where most of the clutter collects. You’ll need to look at your tables, wooden side tables, chester drawers and so on, and find a home for everything you find there – or better yet, get rid of it. The more of this you get rid of completely, the more likely it is that you will be able to keep the place as clear of clutter as possible, so that is definitely where your focus should be.
One of the tricky parts of all this is actually emotionally parting with the items in your home – and you might find that this is what actually makes it so hard to do. So, you need to try and be as ruthless as you can, and actually get rid of as many items as you can. If you do it that way, it’s going to mean that your home is a lot clearer in no time, as hard as it can be. Set yourself a rule and stick to it – such as not keeping anything that hasn’t been used in 12 months, for instance.
It can seem like a real chore doing this, but you may as well try to enjoy it as much as possible. If you can do that, it’s going to mean that you are getting through it even sooner, so that’s something that you will want to think about. Actively enjoying it is all about feeling the freedom of getting rid of items – if you can feel that, you’ll find that it’s much more enjoyable to declutter your home, and that you are getting a lot more out of the results.
- Lisa has been blogging since 2013, and loves sharing resources and ideas for living a simple life. To get free printables, bonus words, and more - sign up for the newsletter.