Decluttering before you move is a smart way to keep your removal costs down. This means there’s less to pack up and move, your move is more efficient and there’s less to organise once you’ve reached your new residence. It can take some time and commitment but a good declutter is worth considering before you call in the removalists.
Even if you aren’t planning on moving anytime soon though, an annual declutter can help keep your home feeling fresh and organised. Research suggests that living with clutter can have an impact on our mental health so it’s worth keeping on top of.
If you’re ready to give decluttering a try, there’s a few different methods you can use. We explain some of the most popular methods below.
Room By Room
A traditional approach to decluttering, this method involves decluttering your house room by room. It’s as simple as that, working your way through your entire house one room at a time until you have finished decluttering.
You could use baskets to help you organise items into different categories as you go such as:
● Throw away
This can be a good approach to use in conjunction with moving houses. You can pack up each room as you are decluttering, hopefully ending up with less boxes overall and a more efficient moving process, reducing your overall removal costs.
The KonMari Method
It seems like the whole world is currently decluttering their homes to the tune of the Netflix series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.
A Japanese author and organisational expert, Kondo uses the KonMari Method to tidy by category rather than by location. She suggests tidying in the following order:
4. Komono (miscellaneous items)
5. Sentimental items
In order to decide if you keep or discard an item you must ask yourself if it sparks joy. If it does you keep it and if it doesn’t you get rid of it. She also recommends thanking items that no longer serve joy before donating them to charity or throwing them away.
With this approach, the whole house is worked on at the same time, moving through each category. This approach would be ideal for a yearly refresh of your house, or after you’ve settled in to your new home.
The Minimalist Approach
Minimalism is about having less things in your house, thereby reducing clutter permanently. While there are definitely extreme versions of this approach, it doesn’t have to mean living in a near-empty house or never buying another thing again. It can simply mean keeping only the items you actually use, and asking yourself whether you really need an extra pair of shoes in your wardrobe.
This approach can be useful if you’re downsizing your house or want to have a more positive impact on the environment by consuming less.
Some strategies you can use with this approach are:
● The Closet Hanger Method: Face all coat hangers in your wardrobe the opposite way to normal. As you wear items, place them back in the correct way. After twelve months, anything that is still facing the wrong way is donated or thrown away.
● Out of Sight, Out of Mind: This method can be extreme but would be best undertaken at the same time as moving house. Pack away everything you own into boxes. Only unpack items again as you need to use them. At the end of a predetermined time frame (such as three or six months) give away the unopened boxes or those with items you haven’t used.
The F.A.S.T Method
Get rid of as much clutter as you can using the F.A.S.T method. This method has a rule for each letter of the word FAST:
F = Fix a Time: Set aside a day or time for everyone in the house to help with the decluttering process. This might be every Saturday, or for an hour or two each day.
A = Anything not used in 12 months: If you haven’t used it in a year, it’s likely you don’t need it at all. Find unused items and donate or throw them away.
S = Someone else’s stuff: If there are items in your house that have been borrowed from someone else, give them back. You don’t need other people’s belongings adding extra clutter to your house.
T = Trash: When it comes to decluttering, throwing items away is a good thing. Make it a competition and see who can throw away the most things as they work through their space.
A good decluttering of your house is bound to leave you feeling positive and refreshed, no matter why you complete it or which method you choose.
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