Clutter isn’t good for you or your home. It can make your stressed and discourage guests from coming round. If you’re currently noticing a build-up of clutter in your home, here are the ways that you can break the hoarding habit before it gets serious.
Sell, scrap and donate
The best way to curb your clutter is get rid of things. This could involve renting a skip or getting some black bags, however be aware that there are other ways of disposing of items other than throwing them straight in the garbage. You can make money out of most items by visiting second-hand-shops, attending flea markets and selling online.
Even items you think may be outdated may find a market elsewhere. Despite the fact most people have mp3 capable phones, there are many places online where you can sell an iPod. Even if an item is to broken to sell, there may be a place you can go to scrap it. And if money isn’t issue, you can always donate items to charities.
Rent a storage container
One way of getting the clutter out of your house could be to rent a storage container. This can be a great temporary method whilst selling clutter. Often when people have inherited belongings that they cannot store in their home without upsizing, a storage container is the best option. Just remember that the longer the clutter is there, the longer you’ll be paying rent for it.
Hire a declutterist
If you think you need help decluttering your home, you may want to seek the assistance of a professional. A home organiser may be able to help you mentally deal with the decluttering process. A specialist decluttering team meanwhile may be able to deal with the physical process of removing items from your home – probably only necessary if you’re a serious hoarder.
Get creative with storage solutions
For mild cases of clutter, getting on top of it all may not be a question of how to get rid of it but how to store it effectively. If you haven’t got room or extra chests of drawers or sideboards, you may want to consider some alternative solutions. Consider putting up extra shelves and storing vertically to minimise using up extra floor space. Look into dual purpose furniture such as beds or sofas that contain storage space underneath. Pinboards, hooks and magnetic strips can meanwhile be used to hang things on walls.
Read up on fun strategies
There are all kinds of decluttering strategies out there that could give you the motivation you need. One extreme method is to think digitally – is there anything I can get rid of that can be stored on a computer. This could involve getting rid of CDs, DVDs, photos, books and documents for a virtual system instead. For overflowing wardrobes of clothes there’s the Coat Hanger Experiment, which involves placing a hanger the opposite way every time you’ve worn that clothing and then counting up the hangers that aren’t turned around after six months and getting rid of these clothes. You could even aim to throw away one item a day – that’s 365 items in a year.