Say good­bye to the crowded house

Central Telegraph - - HOME - With Tracey Hordern

LET’S be frank, it wasn’t much of a win­ter, and while it’s not tech­ni­cally spring, it cer­tainly feels like it. If there was ever an ex­cuse to de­clut­ter and deep cleanse your home, it’s the thought of spring, fresh air and sun­shine re­plac­ing cooped up and clut­tered living.

I’ve writ­ten about this nu­mer­ous times, but only be­cause it bears re­peat­ing. Most of us have too much stuff and the most ef­fec­tive way to re­veal a beau­ti­ful space is to re­move the ex­cess items most of us mag­i­cally col­lect. Clean­ing also be­comes that much eas­ier.

◗ ONE ROOM AT A TIME: Be­com­ing over­whelmed is too easy if you even think of over­haul­ing your en­tire home. Start with one room and see that through be­fore you even con­tem­plate the next one. This di­vide and con­quer ap­proach is by far the best strat­egy for de­clut­ter­ing suc­cess.

◗ USE IT, NEED IT OR LOVE IT: The de­clut­ter mantra of a gen­er­a­tion has caught on for good rea­son. It’s personal – that is, only you can an­swer those cri­te­ria, but do try to be hon­est with your­self and get rid of any­thing that weighs you down and de­tracts vis­ually.

◗ LISTS RULE: It’s help­ful – and re­ward­ing – to have lists that you can tick off what you have achieved. For in­stance, you might want to break down a room as com­pli­cated as the kitchen into smaller ar­eas. List the var­i­ous stor­age spa­ces you will empty, clean and sort by di­vid­ing what you have de­cided to elim­i­nate into cat­e­gories such as sell, gift/do­nate and throw out.

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