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When it comes to decluttering and cleaning, it’s sometimes hard to know where to start, and it can be even harder to know what you need and what you don’t. A lot of people make the mistake of having two options when they are decluttering - keep and throw, however, there are plenty of other options in between that can really help when thinking about what to do with the items you have around the house.
Compare My Move has put together this simple flowchart that is designed to help you decide what to do with the items you aren’t sure about, and has also given alternatives to simply keeping and throwing away items.
This is the simplest outcome of deciding what to do with an item. If it’s useful or sentimental and it doesn’t need to be moved out of the way or de-cluttered then simply keep it where it is and continue to use it as you were beforehand.
If you want to keep something due to its sentimental value or if it could be useful in the future but you feel that right now it is cluttering your space, then it’s a good idea to put that item into a self-storage container or a lockbox. This way you can access the item at any time but it doesn’t declutter your home, which can be very beneficial for larger or bulkier items.
If something isn’t of use to you any more and you’ve decided not to keep it, then donating it may be a better option than throwing it away. Charities and clothing banks are always looking for in-tact clothing donations, and this can be a great way to de-clutter your wardrobe without throwing anything away. Charity shops will also accept mostly anything that has a use to someone else, even bulkier items like furniture can be collected through charity house clearance services.
There may be items that you don’t want to keep but have some monetary value that stops them from going straight into the clear-out pile. There are many different and easy ways to sell items online, with websites like eBay, Etsy, Vinted, etc. streamlining the process and guiding you through making money off of second-hand products.
When you have an item that you want to get rid of, it has no monetary value, and it will have no use to anyone else, then the final and only option is to clear it out. When clearing out different items you’ll need to ensure that you dispose of them properly through the correct channels and recycle what can be recycled. If you have bigger items like furniture that you need to clear out but are difficult to do alone, you can take advantage of man and van services to take these items to the waste management centre.
The main and obvious benefit of having a declutter of your home is that the items you need and use will be easier to find and it reduces the risk of losing anything important, this will boost productivity not only by cutting the time it takes for you to find what you need but physically decluttering can put you in a productive mood and affect your productivity for the remainder of the day.
Many people will find that their mental state often mirrors the physical environment they find themselves. Meaning when you’re surrounded by clutter and disorganisation, even the simplest tasks can feel overwhelming. when your surroundings are organised and clear of any clutter, it can make you feel more organised and make tasks a lot easier.
When an environment is cluttered, it’s a lot harder to keep it clean. More clutter means more nooks and crannies, making it harder for air to circulate your room and your items and allowing dirt and dust to accumulate. Not only is this unhygienic, and makes cleaning take a lot longer, but dust, mould, and dirt can aggravate any asthma or allergies you or the people in your environment may have.
‘Decluttering’ is a wide term that can be very daunting, but starting to declutter is the hardest part of the process, so we recommend that you start small and easy. What’s easy will vary between person but putting away things that have a place, or throwing away things that you know you’re going to throw away is always a good place to start.
Clutter can mean different things to different people, some people may seem like they have a cluttered environment but everything has its place and the person whose environment it is, is happy with it. Others ‘clutter’ could be simply having anything out on any surface in the home. Clutter is a spectrum, and knowing where you sit on it helps you know how much you need to declutter.
There is no specific timeframe for decluttering, as everyone will declutter in different ways. However, when you split up your decluttering into one room, or one section of a room at a time then the task becomes more manageable. We recommend starting with the room that you relax the most in, to give yourself a haven away from clutter as soon as possible.
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