Can you believe we are at the end of another year? 2017 is fast approaching, and many people start to think about the changes they want to make for the New Year ahead. A lot of people like to think about decluttering their homes and get their lives in order for the year ahead. Some people can associate the quote of “messy home, messy mind” and decluttering your living areas can make such a big impact on your daily life and your focus. So I thought I would share with you some of the best ways to declutter your home and get it in order in the New Year.
Recycle older furniture and appliances and bring in the new
We can be holding on to old pieces of furniture or appliances, but do we really need to? Sometimes these items are taking up space or using more energy than they should be. In effect costing us more money overall. You may be concerned about what to do with an old refrigerator or how to recycle older pieces of furniture but there are companies out there can take care of the legwork for you.
Start room by room
Sometimes it is easier to tackle things room by room, so this is where you could find you are most productive when it comes to decluttering your home. You won’t believe how much you might be hoarding in your kitchen cupboards with tinned foods potentially going out of date. Your drawers and cupboards are possibly packed full of things you just don’t need. Taking it room by room gives you focus, instead of it feeling like an overwhelming task.
Be brutal with your wardrobe
When it comes to decluttering your home, you must be brutal with your decisions. It is pointless storing things for those just in case moments. This is especially important for things like clothes. If you haven’t worn it in at least 12 months, the chances are you never will. Once you start to see the difference less clutter makes, it will be easier to make those harder decisions.
Sell unwanted and unused things to boost your income
It’s great opportunity to use the decluttering exercise as an opportunity to boost your income. If some of the items have value, then utilize websites like eBay to sell them. You may not have a use for it, but that doesn’t mean someone else won’t need it. It’s a great way to add a little extra income, and it could go towards your savings pot for future luxuries.
Try the five-minute rule
Time is one of the biggest things we just don’t have enough of. If you can’t focus on a whole room at once, focus on short bursts of time. This will make it less overwhelming for yourself with such a huge task at hand. All you need to do is set yourself a goal of five minutes each day. If we are honest, five minutes isn’t a long time to sacrifice. Use your five minutes to walk around your home getting rid of clutter, or attempting to sort out a wardrobe or set of drawers. Once the five minutes are up, leave and carry on again the next day. It will take time, but you will begin to see the results gradually.