De­clut­ter li­ke a pro this spring

George Herald - Southern Cape Property Guide & Auto Dealer - - Property Guide -

Spring is in the air and as the brig­ht and sun­ny days re­turn, you’ve pro­ba­bly no­ti­ced a few sne­a­ky dust bun­nies that ha­ve been hi­ding in win­ter’s gloomy cor­ners. If the i­dea of grab­bing a mop and dus­ter doe­sn’t fill you with spring cheer, why not ta­ke the chan­ce to do w­hat the pros do and tre­at the cau­se, not the symptom?

That’s rig­ht, it’s ti­me to de­clut­ter, and we’ve roun­ded up so­me top tips to help you ace it!

The tips are re­com­men­ded by so­me of the wor­ld’s be­st de­clut­te­ring pro­fes­si­o­nals and en­dor­sed by pro­per­ty ex­pert and Ma­na­ging Di­rec­tor of the Raw­son Pro­per­ty Group, To­ny Clarke.

C­hoo­se met­hod o­ver mad­ness

W­hen fa­ced with an en­ti­re hou­se of clut­ter to sort through, it can be on­ly too e­a­sy to get o­ver­w­hel­med. Rat­her than di­ving in wit­hout a plan and ris­king gi­ving up due to sheer frus­tra­ti­on, or­ga­ni­sa­ti­on ex­perts re­com­mend fo­cu­sing on one thing at a ti­me. W­hi­le most of us would c­hoo­se a par­ti­cu­lar room, clo­set or set of dra­wers to start with, Ma­ri Kon­do, foun­der of the KonMa­ri met­hod of de­clut­te­ring, re­com­mends choo­sing a ca­te­go­ry of i­tems inste­ad. “The i­dea is to bring all your books, or all your clot­hes, or all your sen­ti­men­tal knick-knacks in­to a sin­gle spa­ce and sort through them in one go. That way, you won’t be temp­ted to ig­no­re bits and bobs hid­den in ‘less im­por­tant’ spa­ces, and you won’t be car­rying clut­ter from one room to a­not­her inste­ad of thro­wing t­hings a­way. You’ll al­so be a­ble to con­so­li­da­te i­tems a­cross your w­ho­le hou­se and free up va­lu­a­ble spa­ce in se­ver­al rooms in one go, “says Clarke.

Put all your sen­ti­men­tal knick-knacks in­to one pla­ce and sort through them in one go.

Let go of your guilt

Ac­cor­ding to Ruth Sou­kup, aut­hor of Un­stuf­fed: De­clut­te­ring your Ho­me, Mind, and Soul, a lot of clut­ter is cau­sed by our in­a­bi­li­ty to se­pa­ra­te sen­ti­men­tal va­lue from guilt. We all ha­ve tho­se fa­mi­ly hei­r­looms or gif­ts from lo­ved on­es that we feel o­bli­ged to keep, but if they don’t bring joy or functi­o­na­li­ty to your li­fe, ex­perts say, “let them go!”.

“W­hen pe­op­le think of ho­ar­ders, they tend to pic­tu­re ho­mes stuf­fed to the brim with u­se­less rub­bish,” says Clarke, “but we all ha­ve at le­ast a litt­le bit of a ho­ar­ding in­stinct. Add a sen­se of o­bli­ga­ti­on to that - say to pre­ser­ve his­to­ry or me­mo­ries - and you ha­ve the per­fect ex­cu­se for that clo­set fil­led with grand­ma’s knick-knacks that ne­ver see the lig­ht of day.”

It’s not e­a­sy to get o­ver the guilt of ad­mit­ting that the­se on­ce-va­lu­ed ob­jects no lon­ger ha­ve a pla­ce in your li­fe, but the­re’s no re­a­son to let the past clut­ter your pre­sent. Fo­cus on to­day! Fo­cus on w­hat to keep, not w­hat

to throw a­way

A com­mon mis­con­cep­ti­on a­bout de­clut­te­ring is that it’s all a­bout get­ting rid of t­hings. It is, but it’s al­so a­bout ma­king a con­s­ci­ous de­ci­si­on a­bout w­hat to keep - and that’s the part ex­perts re­com­mend you fo­cus on.

The KonMa­ri met­hod sug­ge­sts phy­si­cal­ly laying hands on e­ach and e­very pos­ses­si­on and keeping on­ly tho­se t­hings that bring you joy. This may be a tou­ch too ex­tre­me for most of us, but the the­o­ry is sound: i­den­ti­fy tho­se i­tems that ha­ve a pur­po­se in your li­fe and ma­ke su­re they ha­ve pri­de of pla­ce.

“It’s a much mo­re po­si­ti­ve ap­pro­ach to de­clut­te­ring,” says Clarke. “If we can i­den­ti­fy the t­hings that are im­por­tant to us, it’s e­a­sier to a­void un­ne­ces­sa­ry guilt o­ver the t­hings we throw a­way.”

Don’t f­or­get to do­na­te!

“Don’t f­or­get tho­se less for­tu­na­te than you w­hen you do your de­clut­te­ring,” says Clarke. “Your un­wan­ted i­tems could chan­ge so­meo­ne el­se’s li­fe.”

Old clot­hes, shoes, li­nens and to­wels can be do­na­ted di­rect­ly to or­ga­ni­sa­ti­ons li­ke ho­me­less shel­ters. Ot­her odds and ends are al­ways wel­co­me at cha­ri­ty shops who will ma­ke su­re the pro­ceeds go to a worthy cau­se.

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