Household clutter often seems to have a life of its own. Slowly growing and taking over cupboards, corners, table-tops and pretty much any space that'll have it - the rising tide of clutter is the bane of the modern world.
Clutter doesn't just make your home feel over-crowded and messy, it makes it harder for you to relax and think straight. Clutter is essentially a pile of unmade decisions, or jobs you've put off until a later date.
So, let's look at 5 simple ways to start de-cluttering right now.
Get Rid of the Things You Don't Need or Use
Go through your house from top to bottom, weeding out anything that you can do without. Be ruthless. If you haven't used something in the last six months, chances are you're not going to use it in the next six months either. Throw it out or give it away. You'll be surprised at how much junk you're hoarding! Be totally honest with yourself. Half the stuff you're holding on to 'just in case' will never be used.
Use Simple Storage Solutions that Save Space
Have a look around for clever ways to store your things. Plastic bag holders, shoe organisers, pan lid racks, filing trays, key hooks - a small investment in this type of thing can go a long way to help keep your home more organised.
A Place for Everything....
If something has a proper home, it's less likely to end up hanging around where it isn't welcome! Set up a simple filing system for your bills and paperwork. Organise your draws and cupboards so you know exactly what goes where. Make sure the things you use regularly have a dedicated space where you can get to them easily.
This extra level of day-to-day organisation will save you time as well as money. No more rushing round trying to find things when you've forgotten where you put them, or buying something you already have three of!
Get a Storage Locker
Storage lockers are a fantastic way of freeing up space in your house while still keeping hold of things that are valuable to you. There are many good self-storage units that you can hire for the short or long term. They come in a range of sizes, so you can store anything from ornaments and jewellery to larger things like furniture. You'll have no trouble finding something that's right for you.
Have Regular De-Clutter Sessions
Once you have your home looking and feeling calm, peaceful and organised, the next step is to keep it like that. Schedule 30 minutes once or twice a week to do a quick run through your house, clearing things away and getting rid of anything you no longer need.
Although clutter gathers quickly, it really doesn't take much to keep on top of it once you've organised things and had a good clear out. The benefits of living 'clutter-free' are too numerous to count and you may even find that de-cluttering your house leads to striking improvements in other areas of your life too. Try it and see!