Do you feel overwhelmed about how much there is to do, and how little time you have?
Are you always shifting piles from one spot to another to eat meals, prepare for guests or clean your house?
Do you get embarrassed about the mess and make excuses when people visit?
All of the above?
Then NOW is the time to declutter your home.
Bonnie Black, the organisation expert from Little Miss Organised, believes regular decluttering (not just an annual spring clean) can be a rut-buster – improving mood, health and general happiness.
Because we all have too much stuff in our lives and not enough time to find it, we invited Bonnie to share some of her decluttering wisdom with us, and this is what she had to say:
Why is decluttering so good for the soul?
- You’ll be more productive and inspired: While many people say that they don’t have the time to declutter the house, the truth is that decluttering will in fact save you time. You won’t spend time getting stressed looking for items you require when everything has its place in the home. In fact, the satisfaction of decluttering your home can inspire you to “declutter” other parts of your life too.
- You’ll boost your energy levels and your mood: Put on some great music and get stuck into the cleaning, it’ll be guaranteed to give you an elated feeling once you have accomplished the task at hand. You’re likely to be less stressed in an organised environment, and not to mention, you’ll feel warm and fuzzy by donating unwanted items to charity to help someone in need.
- You’ll improve your health: With allergies rife at this time of year, keeping the house free of clutter will help to keep away dust and other allergens. You’ll be able to easily clean your home when it is free of clutter, providing a healthy environment for all that reside there.
What’s the best way to approach the decluttering process so it’s not so overwhelming?
Start small – simple techniques such as starting to declutter one cupboard or one room a week can help make the process seem more achievable.
What’s the best way to decide what to keep and what to let go of?
Ask yourself the following questions, and if you find you aren’t using the goods – get them out of the house via selling them, putting them in storage, or donating them:
- Have I used it in the last 12 months?
- Do I love it (does it spark joy, or is there a negative memory associated with it)?
- Will I need it in the next 12 months?
- If I did need it, how much would it cost to replace it?
- Is the item living out its purpose by me keeping it?
If you can’t bear to part with an item, but it doesn’t fit comfortably in your home, consider investing in storage. There are many cost-effective storage options such as Taxibox, where the box can come to you. However, it’s important to remember that if you don’t see a future for it, you probably don’t need it!
What’s the best way to control a toy tsunami?
Gather all toys together and have the kid/s select their favourites, and what they don’t love/use anymore. After getting rid of what is no longer wanted, use boxes or baskets to group the toys by category and a cube unit to store them all in. Be sure to set boundaries for how many you need, remembering that kids will ideally most prefer to play with their siblings or parents anyways.
How do you teach, or rather, motivate older kids to declutter?
A chores roster is a great way to encourage the kids to get involved, as we know reward systems work wonders! Tailor the rewards to each family member to get the best results. Use an experience as a reward, like the movies or a day out together, instead of clutter rewards. In addition, help kids to sell their items and let them keep the money for savings
How often should you go through the decluttering process?
The more often you declutter, the smaller the task will be. Once you have done a major decluttering session and have your home at a good level of organised – then every time you bring an item into the home, one should go out. This should apply to birthdays and Christmas, where old toys and books should be donated if you are purchasing new ones. In addition to this, at the end of every season go through clothes and similarly, at the end of the school year you should go through school books.
Mobile storage company Taxibox interviewed close to 600 people who had moved home in the past five years and discovered that the items Australians were likely to hang onto in a move included clothes that no longer fit (29%), letters from an ex-lover (20%) and unwanted gifts they feel guilty getting rid of (16%).
What are you guilty of holding on to well past its used date?
*Bonnie is partnering with Taxibox Mobile Storage to help Australia sort out their crazy clutter situations. They deliver a TAXIBOX (your storage unit) to your front door, which once packed, is collected by TAXIBOX and stored in one of their secure indoor storage facilities in Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane. This is not a sponsored post but we did get to share Bonnie’s expert decluttering advice 🙂