Hands up who hasn’t been having a massive clear out at home, due to lockdown and pretty much being at home all of the time?
If you’ve been channeling your inner Marie Kondo and throwing out things that aren’t sparking joy, then you’re not alone. So many of us have been clearing our kitchen cupboards and under-the-stairs spaces as a way to fill our time. We have all actually been able to get through some of the neverending to-do list.
If you have still got some of your things to sort through, and you’re wondering what to do with it all next, then this is the post for you. Here is your breakdown for how to declutter, and make sure that all of the home is sparking joy (we all need a bit of joy at the moment, right?).
Sort into groups
When you’re sorting out the things that you want to declutter, it is a good idea to sort it all into groups. You should have a keep pile, a throw pile, and a sell or donate pile. You may need to split the latter category if you have a lot, and some things will definitely be items worth selling, whereas others can be better donated to charity. Then once you have the items all grouped together, you can sort them. The keep pile can get put back away, in the right place, I might add, and then you can get on with selling, chucking, or donating the rest.
Storage, skips, and household waste
If you have a lot of stuff, then you need to decide what you are going to do with it all. For example, if you know you’re definitely past the baby days, and want to sort out the loft of all things baby, then you could look to hire a skip, if it isn’t worth selling, or look to get a storage unit. The same goes for furniture. If you have some that you like, but you just don’t have the space for it right now, then it is a good idea to look into some kind of storage unit for all of your belongings. When you have less ‘stuff’ in the home, it can help you feel better, have a clearer head, and just feel happier. Maybe this whole sparking joy thing was onto something?
Declutter by categories
The natural order to choose to declutter things is often by going from room to room. However, a lot of the time, you might just end up moving things from room to room, so nothing really gets decluttered. So instead, you could think about decluttering in categories. For example, you could start with clothing. With kids, you might think that it doesn’t fit your eldest anymore, so by default, will go to the youngest (getting passed from room to room and needing to be sorted through again when you go through their room). But as you go through each category, you can decide then and there what is staying, and what is going. It can be incredibly therapeutic!