When your house is full of things you don't need, and a little on the messy side, it can feel a little claustrophobic. Even enormous houses can feel small and lacking in space if there's stuff everywhere, and if your house is on the small side, you will feel even worse.
Often we leave things until our house is so full of rubbish that we reach breaking point, and go on an epic tidying mission. Of course it's far more sensible to clean things, throw out unwanted stuff and tidy up as you go, but unfortunately it doesn't always happen. Life gets in the way and you put off going through that messy cupboard or your cluttered wardrobe.
Sometimes when your house is extremely cluttered, it can be difficult to know where to start. Don't stress, you can get your house back to normal in no time, you just need to have a plan. Here's six easy steps to help you declutter your home.
1. Collect all the clutter and organise into piles
The first thing you need to do is go around each room of your house, and pick up all the clutter. Grab everything that's lying around and put everything into organised piles. For example, things that need to go into storage, things that can be put away, things that need to be thrown away and things that can be recycled. You will immediately feel relieved once you have gathered and organised everything.
2. Get rid of things you don't need
One of the things people find the hardest about decluttering is being strict with getting rid of stuff. If you aren't strict, you will end up with far too much stuff to organise, and not enough room to store everything. Go through each item, and consider whether you really need it or will ever use it. You might want to go through the clothes in your wardrobe too to free up some space.
It sometimes helps to go through stuff with someone else who can help you decide what you do and don't need. Once you have decided what you are going to throw out, organise things into relevant piles, ready to be taken to the tip or to your local recycling centre. Don't just throw everything away, consider whether you can give some things to charity shops so that other people can benefit from your unwanted stuff.
3. Visit your local rubbish/recycling tip
Load up everything into your car and take it to your local rubbish or recycling centre. Some people fail at this point and leave bags and boxes lying around their home. This will only stress you out and make your home feel even more cluttered. As soon as you have stuff ready to go, get rid of it. You will instantly feel much better and can return to a home that feels a lot less cluttered.
4. Give your house a deep clean
As well as clearing things out, it's a good idea to also give your house a deep clean. Tidying up will help to declutter your home and make it a nicer place to be. There's no point decluttering if your house is still dirty and messy afterwards.
5. Reorganise things
While you are cleaning, try and re organise things. You may want to invest in some smart storage, which will help keep things tidy and out of the way. Sometimes by simply rearranging a room you can make it feel bigger. Try rearranging your furniture, or putting things in a different order to see if it makes your home feel less cluttered.
6. Keep things tidy!
Lastly, all you have to do now is keep things tidy. Don't ruin all your hard work by letting your house quickly return to what it used to be like. Get all household members on board and make sure everyone puts stuff away and tidies up after themselves.