With the New Year comes New Year Resolutions and with recent lockdown announcements, one common resolution just got that much easier – decluttering your home! Now that we’ve got to spend all our time indoors, we might as well make our space a nice environment to be in.
There’s been a huge shift towards minimalist living in recent years. The main principle behind the lifestyle is to live only with what is essential. This can be followed to varying extents and include many different areas of people’s lives. Some people live with only a handful of possessions, others simply try to cut down on the amount of clothes they buy.
No matter the extent to which you want to follow a minimalist lifestyle, the first step is always to declutter your home. Ever since Marie Kondo burst onto Netflix, lots of people have felt pursued to finally look around and clear out all the random stuff they have accumulated over the years. And if you have a kitchen drawer like mine that’s full of old receipts, letters, elastic bands, train tickets and who knows what else, you’ll know that ‘stuff’ is really the only way to describe it.
However, clearing out your home and decluttering your possessions can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming. It can be hard to find the time and often tricky to know where to start. But with the benefit of lots more free time (one of the few good things to come out of lockdown), there’s no better time than now to get started.
We’ll be sharing some beginner friendly tips for decluttering your house, as well as 10 easy things you can declutter right now!
Beginner Tips for Decluttering your House
- Make a list
Make a list of all the things you think you need to declutter. That way, you have an end goal to work towards and you won’t feel as if you’re just randomly throwing away items. Ideas on easy things to declutter below…
- Start small
Start with just 5 or 10 minutes each day. Even with all the time in the world, the idea of having to declutter your entire house in one day can seem like a pretty overwhelming task and one that’s probably unappealing to most. So, start with just 5 or 10 minutes and clear that kitchen drawer we talked about earlier.
- Choose an area of a room
Set a timer for 30 – 45 minutes and choose a section of a room that you might want to declutter. It could be your bedroom wardrobe or under the kitchen sink. Whatever it is, choosing an area and setting a time limit is an easy way to keep the task directed and productive. Repeat as many times as you need to get the job done.
- Tackle one room at a time
Tackle one room at a time and repeat the above three steps. Make a list of things you want to declutter in each room; start with just 5 minutes and build up to half an hour, clearing one area of the room at a time. Once you’ve seen the satisfactory results of the first room, you’ll be that more inclined to declutter and transform your whole home.
Easy Things to Declutter in your Home
- Old receipts
Everyone is guilty of this. Whether they’re in a kitchen drawer, your purse/ wallet, pockets or at the bottom of your bag. If they’re not a guarantee and you don’t need them for accounting reasons, get rid of them!
- Junk mail
Another thing that easily piles up yet can be easily decluttered. If it’s not bills or a letter you need to keep hold of, put it in recycling.
- The kitchen fridge
This goes for both in and out of the fridge. You will definitely have some junk mail and old, now useless, appointment reminders stuck to the outside of your fridge. And as for the inside, check the expiration dates on your neglected jars and condiments. Some of them may surprise you!
- Old Batteries
Most supermarkets have battery recycling bins. Gather all yours together and take them with you next time you go to the shops.
- Plastic containers
Most of us were guilty of ordering more than our fair share of takeaways in 2020. If you’ve accumulated more plastic containers than you know what to do with as a result, sort through them and chuck out any that you can’t find matching lids for.
Sort through all your old photographs to see if there’s any that have faded or were developed badly. If there’s some you’re never going to put in an album or a frame, get rid of them. Or scan/ transfer your photographs to a space saving digital format.
If you watch most of your films on streaming services, sort through your old DVDs and donate the ones you’re likely never to watch again to charity.
- VHS tapes
Speaking of films you no longer watch, VHS tapes are an easy thing to declutter. If you no longer have a video player to watch your home movies on, clear up space and send them to us at Transfermagic, where we’ll convert your VHS tapes to an easily storable digital format.
Sort through your CD cases and bin any that you can’t find the matching CD for. Or, if you prefer to listen to your music on your phone or laptop, look into our CD ripping and conversion service to enjoy your tunes in digital format.
- Your sock drawer
Last but not least! Everyone’s sock drawer is a mess, there’s no point in denying it. Give yourself 10 minutes to declutter your socks and get rid of any you can’t find a matching partner for.
Now you have all the tips and tricks you need to declutter your home and start your new minimalist lifestyle. To find out more ways in which we can help you declutter your home, check out our digital transfer services to digitise all your media formats and clear up cupboard and drawer space in the process!
Photo Credit: Sarah Brown