Declutter Your Home: 7 stress-free ways to do it now

Decluttering your home can feel like  a mammoth task, but it needn’t be stressful nor time-consuming. These top tips will show you how to de-clutter the easy way, and help create a lovely sense of calm and order in your home. 

1. Be realistic and tackle one room at a time. You won’t be able to get through the whole house in just one weekend, so pencil in a day or afternoon to sort through one room or area. If that still sounds too daunting, make it even easier by sifting through one cupboard or drawer first – you’ll soon go with the flow!

2. Organise items into groups with separate bags or boxes. For example -‘Things to bin’, ‘Sell on eBay’, ‘Donate to charity’ and ‘Recycle’. Separate all the clutter and then review each group to make sure you’ve not accidentally binned a family heirloom or had a change of heart on anything.

3. Declare clutter-free zones such as a counter or side cabinet. Clear all non-essential items from it and make a rule that nothing should be places there unless it’s always in use. You want to get to a stage where most flat surfaces are free from clutter so once one space is being kept clear, declare another area a clutter-free zone!

4. Spend 20 minutes a day keeping on top of your clutter. Whether you’re waiting for that takeaway pizza to arrive or have a spare few minutes while your dinner is roasting, file away letters or re-organise a cupboard in that time. It’s amazing how investing small snippets of time add up to a clutter-free home.

5. Keep a ‘Clutter Basket’ in every room and use them to chuck in toys, magazines, and other bits and pieces that don’t usually belong there. Every few days, carry the basket and return the items to where they belong – you could even get the kids involved! Also, it’s worth keeping an eye on where clutter usually builds and work with it not against it. Keep a basket in those clutter hot spots!

6. Adopt the in-out rule if there’s clutter in every corner of your room. For every new item you buy or bring into your home make sure you sell, donate to charity, or pass onto a friend an item you already own. This simple, but effective rule will help you get rid of the items you no longer like or use. Plus, your home won’t be bursting at the seams with unwanted ‘stuff’.

7. Get the whole family to chip in by keeping a large box or bin bag in the shed or garage that they can put in their unwanted item in. Encourage everyone to do it every four weeks or so and then at the end of each month you can decide what to do with it all.

Thanks for reading. Do you have any useful de-cluttering tips of your own?

 

Tell us in the comments below!

Editor

A keen money-saver and fan of all things natural, Anushka enjoys making her own beauty products and is partial to a bit of crafting. Never short of a clever tip or two, she's always looking for new ways to make her money go even further.

  1. 5 Moya Reply

    Three years ago I made a New Year’s resolution to get rid of one item a day, doesn’t sound a lot but by keeping to it I have moved on at least 1,000 items and sometimes if I’m being really good it is more than a single item. Can be anything from a piece of paper to a piece of clothing.

    1. 6 Anushka Reply

      That’s a fantastic idea Moya, I think I might give this one a try! Its unbelievable how much ‘stuff’ can accumulate in a very short space of time so this sounds like a great way of keeping on top of it.

  2. 8 Lucy Reply

    Keep up with your shredding! Most homes have a shredder, and if you leave it too long between shreds, the machine overheats and cuts out. Little and often works best.
    A shelf above a door can hide away bulky items, we have a shelf above the front door that is home for our motorcycle helmets.

    1. 9 Anushka F Reply

      Both fantastic tips Lucy. I’ll be honest, my shredder can go for a long periods without being used so I will remember your little and often tip from now on.

  3. 10 Gina Reply

    Thank you, since reading all your Expert Home Tips I have (mostly) decluttered my home, and keeping to it.Very pleased. Please keep posting, glad I found FPL.

    1. 11 Anushka F Reply

      Hi Gina, thanks ever so much for leaving a comment! I’m so happy you’ve found it so useful. It’s much nicer having a clutter-free home.

      1. 12 mrs a candler Reply

        hi anushka i have a real problem and im hopeing you and other tippsters can help its been 18 years since ive had a bedroom i think i have an illness i am a hoarder i suffer from severe depression and i have special treatment for it but nobody can help its very bad i can only just get into my bed HELP with tips please angela

        1. 13 Anushka F Reply

          Hi Angela, I’m so sorry to hear that! I think it would be better to seek professional help here, maybe your doctor will be able to advise you?

          1. 14 Terri Rowland

            I have the same problem, the thing is that having lots of stuff around you does fill the gap you have mentally but when there is too much to sort out it makes the depression worse. It’s then a vicious circle. I wish I could offer some sort of coping strategy but I’m stuck with the same problem as Angela. xxx

  4. 15 Rose petal Reply

    Where have you bn all my life
    Omg it really works !!!!!
    Love the 10 minute rule .im tidying and cleaning all day and still can’t keep on top of things .i think that’s why I’m stressed and depressed there are just not enough hours in the day for me but I guess my strategy had been wrong.bless you all.thanks a million .

  5. 17 Mrs Margaret Doolan Reply

    If you have a small child or children with loads of toys it is a good idea to keep one toy box of toys where they usually play and another one hidden away. Once a week or so you can change the box of toys. If the worse comes to the worse and they are really naughty you can remove all toys from where they usually play and not let they watch any television – just for an hour. Also, don’t let them change the toys every day just for fun you will only end up feeling stresses and worn out.

  6. 21 Caroline Reply

    I’m in the middle of decluttering the house with impending move
    It’s so hard to decide what to keep n what to let go u see I got married his stuff came to parents place my stuff here too plus all wedding gifts
    Now parents gone don’t know where to start so I’ve decided to make a memory box n put items in of my dad n mum the rest goes

    1. 22 Stephanie C Reply

      Hi Caroline. We recently did a talk at The Ideal Home Show all about cluttering, and the difficulty of getting rid of things was a common theme. Your memory box sounds like a great idea with regards to deciding what to keep from your Mum & Dad. With everything else, try and consider the following:
      1. Do I NEED this?
      2. Do I LOVE this?
      If you answer yes to either, keep the item. If not, it’s time for it to go! 🙂

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