It’s not everyone’s favourite task but there’s no time like the present to have a tidy up in time for those festive season guests, especially knowing that you’ll soon have new gifts to find homes for, so we’ve shared our tips and tricks to help clear your surfaces and tackle the storage cupboards.
- Sometimes, you need to make more mess before you clear it, so allocate a realistic chunk of time to do your de-cluttering. Whether it’s an afternoon, a whole day or an entire weekend, set yourself enough time to get to the back of cupboards and focus on reorganising your belongings properly.
- Make use of hidden spaces with boxes and storage containers. The space under your bed and above your kitchen cupboards can become littered with bits and bobs, but if you clear out what you don’t need and pop the rest into boxes matching your décor, you’ll make useful space that complements the room.
- Tackle one area at a time, and then break that down to object types. So if you start with the living room, focus on books, then move onto DVDs and so on, ensuring each section is done before you skip to the next one.
- If the problem is that you’ve just got too much stuff for the size of your space, try a four-box method. Label each one ‘keep, ‘donate’, ‘throw’ and ‘store’. That way you’ll know exactly what it is you really need and you can keep anything sentimental in a loft or storage cupboard instead of on display.
- When it comes to practical bits, such as tools, vases, cookbooks, cables and blankets, work on a basis that you only need one of each, or one for each person in the family if necessary. If you’ve got excess for no justifiable reason, then it can go.
- Be brutal. Unless something has sentimental value, you can replace it. If in doubt, throw it and then if it’s really necessary later, you can buy another one that will take up less space or that doubles up to have another purpose.
- Fix any broken items laying around the house before you start your clean. If you still haven’t fixed them, it’s a sign that they need to go, so don’t hesitate to part with them.