Research has long shown that living in a cluttered environment can have a negative impact on our mental and physical wellbeing, and that a clean and tidy home or workspace, can help us both think, and feel better. Not only that, but less clutter means quicker and easier cleaning.
With this in mind, it pays to keep your home as free of clutter as possible, but if it’s very cluttered, this can be a time consuming task that could take several hours to complete.
If you would like your home to be less cluttered so that you feel better in yourself, and don’t have to spend so long dusting and cleaning it, here is a nifty guide to help you achieve it with ease:
Give yourself a goal
Thinking about the reasons why you want to declutter, can help motivate you and keep you feeling positive as you do so. Whether you want to feel freer in your mind, or would like to spend less time dusting and cleaning, thinking about what you want to achieve, and how good it will feel when you get there, is a great way to start the process off.
Get ready to start
Getting started is often the toughest part of decluttering, but there are a few things you can do to help you get started:
- Create a decluttering checklist
- Begin with the toughest room/space to tackle
- Take some before and after pics for motivation
- Ask for help from a friend, colleague or family member
- Don’t take on too much in one go – start small by finding 5 things to declutter every day
You can work in whatever order and at whatever pace works best for you and your home. As soon as you make the first move to get started, the momentum will build and you’ll have the motivation you need to keep going.
Decide what you want to keep and what should go
By using the ‘keep, toss or donate’ method, you can make short work of decluttering. Assign a crate or box to each one, and simply throw items in as you go through them.
Hire a cleaning service once you’ve finished decluttering
By having a cleaning company come in and get the place spotlessly clean as soon as you’ve finished decluttering, you’ll be able to instantly reap the rewards of your efforts and can start releasing any mental tension that you might have been hanging on to.
Then, once the cleaning team have gone, you can easily keep on top of your own house cleaning schedule with a lot less items to dust, or dust around.
Everyone’s decluttering journey will be different, but when you make the effort to do it, and refrain from buying or holding onto things that you don’t need or want, you’ll benefit from a clearer mind, and a cleaner home.