Say goodbye to the crowded house
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.