Who’s with me, on decluttering your home? A couple years back, I went on a massive decluttering exercise in my home. We gave away massive loads of toys, clothes and furniture too. As with my pantry, I really cleaned up so well that I felt I could really do with less. But, here we are, two years on..and these things somehow crawled back into my home.
So, this year.. yes 2013, I’ve decided to map out ways to declutter my home..and I hope that you can also use it to your benefit. Enjoy!
My top 5 practical ways to declutter your home
1. Stop buying unnecessarily.
Stop, wait for 3 months and then rethink to yourself, and ask if you really needed that ONE thing in your life. Did your life stop without it? Could you function without it? Three months ago, I had a “real” need for a new spanking rice cooker. The reason why I wanted to buy this specific rice cooker was because it was made of stainless steel, and not your protective non-stick material. I’ve been getting quite a lot of extra flakes in my rice..which isn’t quite a welcomed thing. Three months later… I walked by the shop and asked myself those questions. Did I die without it? No.. I used other things, to steam my rice, and plus, I eat less rice as well. Good, mission accomplished.
2. Get rid of CDs, DVDs, Game CDs
Did you know you can actually clear up so much storage space by getting rid of all your old CDs, DVDs and Blu-Rays? www.musicmagpie.com would gladly pay you to take them off your hands! With everything on the cloud, it’s time to realign your thinking to understand how all entertainment is now literally within your fingertips. The best thing about recycling your CDs, DVDs responsibly is that that very ball point pen that you are holding could very well be a CD you had gotten rid off, earlier!
3. 12 month wardrobe rule
I have a strict wardrobe rule. If I haven’t worn a particular piece within the 12 months, it goes to the charity bin. No matter if the tags are still on or not. The unnecessary buying always teaches me a sharp lesson as to how much wastage I’m creating and my compulsive emotional buying (not often, but it happens!!), must apply those brakes! Unfortunately, for my husband, the few things he really wants to chuck in the charity bin, are the well-worn, holey tees that I lovingly wear often. It doesn’t fit into the 12 month wardrobe rule..so, hee hee…too bad!
4. Cherish and protect that clear clean space at your work table.
Being a work at home mama, notifications from school and mail, get piled onto my work table on a daily basis. Once it got so bad, that my son yelled “BUG! BUG! BUG” and I thought it was a computer bug. But, it turned out to be a real bug having a good crawl between the papers. Sigh… that was a big sign. Time to clear and clean my work space. In that short 2 hours.. I filed everything, threw everything irrelevant (yes yes, that included birthday invites from eons ago) and yes… the pile is starting to creep up again, but I shall remain vigilant in my file keeping methods.. I don’t want to see that bug again!!!
5. Dedicate things to their space.
Dedicate a drawer specially for stationery. Dedicate cupboard space for each child. Having this system, I found that if I found any stationery lying about in the room, the child who used it last, must put it back. Same goes with their things. Any of their things lying about, be it books, stickers, toys… it must go to their dedicated cupboard space. Giving them the prioritise space..it makes them feel responsible and abit adult, as they are accountable for their own things. And just like mum and dad, they have their own space, even if it means, throwing away some of your stuff to make way for theirs.
Good luck! Let us know how you go!