Decluttering. Where do I start?
Knowing where to start is the first part of the process. If every room in your home needs to be decluttered it will feel overwhelming. In Marie Kondo’s book ‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ the process is to tackle the decluttering by categories, so clothes first then books and so on. I have personally decluttered using this method, and so have my children, and it really works. If you start with items that aren’t sentimental it will set you up mentally for the process of letting go.
Another process is room by room. The kitchen is the easiest place to start, it is the heart of
the home, and yet holds the least in sentimental items. Unless you have lots of mugs with a back story! Working through your cupboards will show you how much you are packing into them, and you may find you have doubles of tin foil, tins, packets and out of date spices. It is enlightening!
Most people start with their wardrobes. I have never used the coat hanger method. This is where you turn the hanger round when you wear something and if you are left with anything not turned by the end of the season you get rid of it. A quicker process is to take everything out of your wardrobe and go through each piece and access the place it has in your wardrobe and your life. When you don’t, can’t or won’t wear something you should take it out of your hanging space and let it go. Make the decision, any doubts will soon fade, and you won’t regret it.
How and where you start will depend on your home and its needs. Is there a room that feels cluttered and busy, or do you want to turn the spare room into a guest bedroom? Do you have a room that has a dual function, such as your home office in your bedroom?
For me, the best place to start is having an image of what I want my home to look like? What do I want my home to feel like when I walk through the door? Instagram has so many beautiful home accounts, there are gorgeous home magazines like Elle Décor and Pinterest is great too, they are great for ideas. When I look at these images I don’t think of the drawers stuffed and the contents of the cupboards falling out if I open them. High end is aspirational and may not always be achievable but keeping your home tidy is. What can make a house beautiful and calm is surfaces that are clutter free, the drawers are tidy, wardrobes and drawers only have the clothes that fit and suit us, you can find keys or paperwork with ease, shelves are neat and you have everything you need, everything you want and love.