We all have it – some more than others! It’s everywhere; in our work spaces, our cars, our homes and in our minds.
I am going to share some of my top ideas to clean up clutter which have worked wonderfully for clients of mine.
In creating a happy, healthy, holistic home, clutter is the number one enemy.
It blocks up positive energy flowing around your home, it creates dark, miserable areas that no one wants to go near, and it affects you and your family on an emotional level. Clutter has a lot to answer for!
If you clean up clutter, you will find that life flows easier, small daily problems stay small and you have more recreational and down time.
Let’s have a look at some simple de-cluttering suggestions.
No. 1 Start your de-cluttering blitz in small steps. It is so easy to become discouraged when faced with a mountain of mess – don’t attempt to clear in one fell swoop! My advice is to begin with one room at a time, and start your de-cluttering one drawer at a time. Just do one drawer a day! When they’ve been tackled move around the rest of the room, again, one day at a time if necessary. Above all, be kind to yourself!
No. 2 To clean up clutter, gather up cardboard boxes (fairly big, but not so big that you can’t carry them!) and place them in each room that you’re tackling - where they won’t be in the way. Ideally, you will need three boxes for each. These boxes can be labelled ‘Keep’ ‘Charity’ ‘Throw out’. Some experts recommend a ‘hold’ box – I don’t, because it usually becomes part of the clutter problem!
No. 3 Be ruthless! If you haven’t worn it, used it or looked at it in the past year, it needs to go. Kitchens and pantries can be a real nightmare; you will be alarmed by the amount of goods you are keeping that are way past their ‘best before’ or worse, ‘use by’ date!
Remember, for everything you get rid of, you are leaving a space for something really fabulous to come in!
No. 4 When you have done your sorting, and things are looking much tidier, consider all your storage options to clean up clutter. Here are some simple and cheap ideas for storage in every room of your house:
Plastic Boxes – of all sizes Attractive, neat plastic boxes can be a life-saver when it comes to organisation and de-cluttering. If there are items you can’t throw out, but at the same time, don’t need them just now, these are the answer. They can be stacked neatly under beds, in closets and in unused nooks and crannies until you are ready to use them. They are perfect for children’s toys and treasures at the end of a busy day. Small plastic boxes are brilliant for drawers as well; just fit in as many as you want into your drawer and use each for a particular item. A great idea for that kitchen junk drawer that we all have! This is a sure fire way to clean up clutter.
Pegs and Hooks I absolutely rate pegs and hooks of all kinds! For coats, keys, dog leashes, handbags, schoolbags, towels, bathrobes – the list is as long as your imagination! Once you and your family begin to use hooks and pegs to tidy belongings away, it will become a habit and you will never spend frustrating, panic-stricken minutes looking for essential items again!
Baskets One of the most attractive storage solutions. Inexpensive wicker baskets are perfect for storing magazines and books that you are still reading! An ideal solution to clean up clutter.
I’m going to be quite firm about books and magazines. When you are finished magazines, clip out any articles that you want to keep and file them, then pass on the magazine to your dentist’s or doctor’s office. They will appreciate fresh and up-to-date material! Being a book lover myself, I know how tough it is to get rid of a book! But, be honest with yourself. If it was a real page-turner and you know for sure you would like to read it again, store it neatly on a book shelf. If not, be charitable and let someone else enjoy it.
Baskets are also great for fluffy bath towels, rolls of toilet paper, make-up and toiletries, piles of neatly folded bedlinen, and they are brilliant for storing any kind of hobby or arts materials (you don’t have to keep taking a lid off).
Big or small Filing Cabinet This really is an essential, as we are all surrounded on a daily basis by drifting mountains of paper! Depending on the size of your family, and how much paper clutter you generate, this does not have to be expensive.
The important thing to remember is this: as soon as it lands on your desk/kitchen table/floor – File It! Having piles of ‘To Do’ or ‘To File’ items just doesn’t fit into the scheme of a clutter-free, happy, holistic home!
Keep your filing simple, so you can find items easily. Sort into medical, financial, and personal information and then have secondary files off of these according to your needs. As long as every file is clearly labelled, finding that subscription or bank statement will no longer be a hassle!
Above all, when you begin to clean up clutter, take small steps and be kind to yourself! It took a while for all this clutter to accumulate – it’s not going to disappear overnight.
I know for sure that when you begin to clean up your clutter, you will feel better about yourself and your home! Positive energy will begin to flow more freely around the space you live in and surprisingly good things will follow on from that!