Five tips for decluttering
Julia shares her insights for successful tidying up:
✱ Set yourself a deadline. You’re less likely to succumb to distractions if you know you have a limited amount of time.
✱ Don’t do everything at once. Instead of aiming to tackle the whole house, compartmentalise rooms, and break these down further into small areas. For instance, decide to clean out the cabinet in the dining room, then the drawers in the same area. Take heart, even when it feels that things are going slowly: one of the most daunting parts of decluttering is finding space for everything, but you’ll find that you create space as you go. By clearing one area, you’ve made room for things from another to be stored away.
✱ Take advantage of technology. Love your books? Get a Kindle. The same goes for CD s: store your music online. You can even have digital albums made for your kids’ art.
✱ Use everything you have! There’s no point in hanging on to your granny’s heirlooms if you stash them away in a cupboard. Put them out where you can see them and use them – even if it’s just as a place to keep your jewellery. If they’re not going to be used, you may as well give them away to charity.
✱ Don’t be hard on yourself. Everyone has clutter!