What is Decluttering?

You might’ve heard the word decluttering or declutter a lot, but what exactly does it mean?

Well firstly, let’s look at what clutter is. The dictionary defines clutter as “cover or fill (something) with an untidy collection of things”.

Think of your living room right now. Maybe you have a pile of magazines lying around, or kids toys that haven’t been put away. You could have remote controls on the lounge and blankets hanging off chairs.

Does your kitchen have a collection of utensils you thought would come in handy, but you’ve never used? Maybe it’s time to check how many items in your fridge have expired. I’m sure you’ll be surprised at how many things you can throw out.

If this sounds like your house, don’t panic.

Being messy is part of being human, and everyone can relate to a house or room that needs a good declutter.

If you’re planning to do the whole house, it’s best to start off with a small room, like a home office. A lot of the time these rooms build up with mess that you’ve already got a storage solution for, so it can be a good place to begin.

Decluttering and organising your home – tips from Ship Shape Homes

Now clutter can come in many different forms, so the first step is identifying what in your house is a necessity. Separating your items into categories such as most and least used is a good method and can help you discover all the useless things you’ve been hoarding over the years. Decluttering is all about getting rid of unused items that are taking up room in your home and making your storage space as organised as possible.

I know it may be hard to throw stuff out. But think about the last time you wore that jacket, or your kid played with that toy. Can’t remember? Then maybe it’s time to let these things go.

A tidy home is a tidy mind. The more you declutter your home the sooner you’ll feel refreshed and energised.

As you start removing and categorising your items, you’ll be able to narrow down what you need to keep. Once you know what you’re not putting back, you’ll be able to envision how the free space you’ve created could be used. The next step is to organise!

So we’ve got our useful items, and all this free space to put them! Now is when you organise your space to suit your lifestyle and create your desired flow through the house. When you organise, think of what you can do to maximise your space.

You might’ve come across several of the same item in different parts of the house. Such as blankets in one room, sheets in another. Put them all together so you know where everything is when you need them. If you have a lot of books or magazines that you’re keeping, employ a system which allows you to easily find each book when you need it. Organising is all about making your house work for you.

Talk to Ship Shape Homes about how your house can be decluttered or have your property styled for sale in Sydney.


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