Five tips for de­clut­ter­ing

Essentials (South Africa) - - LIFE TODAY -

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!

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