An organised room Photo:
Clear out the clutter
Constantly negotiating around the clutter in your home wastes time.
• Identify your clutter problem areas and deal with them one by one.
• Don’t get overwhelmed. Go into one room and identify a problem area, then work on it, or even just a section. If the whole wardrobe needs sorting, start with the sock drawer. If the kitchen looks like carnival night at the tip, clear one drawer or cupboard at a time. Time yourself and devote an hour or so per session to the task, until it’s done.
• If you’re not sure whether to keep or throw away something, ask yourself: Do I really want or need it? Is it in good order? Have I used it recently? Will I miss it?
• Be ruthless. Haven’t worn that skirt for 12 months? Give it away. Do you hate the Eiffel Tower doorstop your aunt gave you for Christmas? Take it to a charity shop.
Tackle the hotspots
Clutter can sneak up on you – one folded newspaper in the corner quickly becomes ten.
• If paperwork is your weakness, get a filing system and create a separate folder for bills due, bills paid, banking, tax documents, receipts, appliance instructions etc, and file them each day.
• Try to be realistic about recyclables: keep a few empty jars or takeaway food containers, not hundreds; one or two carrier bags or padded envelopes, not piles of them.
• Not all clutter is obvious. It can be hidden in garages and cupboards. Recognise clutter hotspots and give them regular attention.
• If you’re a hoarder, get organised about your storage and display systems, so that what you keep is not filling up your living space.
• Once you’ve got your clutter reduced, stay on top of it. All you need to do is spend a few minutes every day returning things to their proper place – this is now simple tidying, rather than de-cluttering.
Sort, store and toss
Sort clutter into labelled cardboard boxes. Try this
• Box 1 – Everyday things that need to be put back in their place.
• Box 2 – Things to be given away or recycled.
• Box 3 – Items that you don’t need every day, but need to store.
• Box 4 – Anything that can be categorised as “absolute rubbish”.
• Box 5 – Items you simply can’t decide what to do with.
Put everything in Box 1 back where it belongs, take Box 2 to a charity shop, label and decide where to store Box 3 and dispose of the contents of Box 4. Now go back to the contents of Box 5 with a new found zeal and make a decision.
Post A Comment
Comments are published and responded to (if required) weekly. For queries or comments relating to our Sweepstakes or product purchases from our online store, please call Customer Service on 1300 300 030 or email email@example.com. Comments containing personal or inappropriate material may be modified or removed at our discretion.