De-cluttering your house for Autumn
De-cluttering is a great way to create more space, get organised and transform your home through discovering what you do and don't need in your home. Now is an ideal time of the year to get started so that when the colder months arrive and you have to start spending more time indoors, you'll at least have a tidy, clutter-free home. Here are a few ideas to help you get going...
Get in the right mind frame
If letting go of certain things is a hard process for you, then try to get in the right mind frame. De-cluttering can seem daunting and time consuming, however removing unwanted items will help you feel more organised and in control. You can get so much time back from having to clean fewer things, having to store fewer items and having to organize and find space for less. A little time spent de-cluttering now could save you lots of time in the long run, which can be reinvested in relaxing and enjoying yourself. So keep that in mind.
Know what stuff you use and own
Tackling your clutter can be a daunting task especially if you have loads of items scattered across the house. A great way to start is by taking a walk through each room and making a mental note of how often you use each item in the room. This can help you to identify items that are just taking up space so you can de-clutter more effectively. Be pragmatic and don't fall into the trap of thinking that items you haven't touched for years will come in handy at a later date. Once you've made the list in your head, you'll find it easier when it comes to choosing what to keep, what gets put in storage and what gets thrown away or donated.
The idea of living a simplified, uncluttered life with less stuff sounds attractive; however when the time comes a lot of people become sentimental and don't stick to their list. It often becomes almost unbearable to let go of items which you have become attached to, even if it's something you'll never use or display. This is why your first step should be removing your easier items such as books, clothes, ornaments and furniture to get you going before moving onto the more difficult items. Sometimes you just have to be ruthless, so make sure you keep the final objective in mind; a more organised and pleasant environment.
Create a summer storage area
Sort through your summer items in order to create more space and make everything easily accessible. Items such as summer clothes, beach towels, outdoor toys etc, can consume a lot of space. Simply sort through your summery items and place these in storage boxes, so that when the warmer weather roles round again, you'll have all your seasonal items in one place. You can either pop these items into your loft or garage or, if you are short on space, then a self storage unit offers a simple and affordable means of keeping your items safe.
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