decluttering your home

Out With the Old – Declutter Your Home

The start of a New Year is often a time of reflection and resolution. One of the best things you can do to start a new year on a positive note is to take some time to declutter your home to give you a sense of accomplishment and to make way for the new things that will be coming to you. A peaceful and calm environment helps in so many ways. If there is order in your home, you will feel more relaxed and at ease.

Thinking about decluttering your home can be overwhelming, where do you start, what do you part with and what do you keep? Breaking down the task room by room helps to avoid the overwhelm. Select one room and gather three boxes.

Label the boxes:

  • Keep
  • Donate
  • Garbage

donate keep or throw away

Do a visual sweep of the room and start removing items that are broken or very worn and get rid of them! The harder part comes next, deciding what to keep and what to donate. Many of us tend to want to keep items even when they do not bring us joy our have fulfilled their purposed and no longer serve us in any way. Of course, you’ll want to keep sentimental items, but this does not mean they need to be on display so for now add them to the “Keep” box.

Ask yourself:

  • Does this item bring me joy?
  • How does this item serve me?
  • Will someone else have more use of this item?

Donate things that you have not used recently. If you haven’t used the item in a year there’s a pretty good chance that you won’t use it again but someone else may have a need of it. When thinking of donating, it can be helpful to remember that your donation is going to someone less fortunate who can make good use of the item. This makes donating our stuff much easier.

donate clothes to declutter

Items to Donate:

  • Clothes that are gently used
  • Décor pieces
  • Books
  • Small appliances
  • Toys

Lastly, revisit the “Keep” box and go through it again. You may discover you’ll want to revisit the items you thought you wanted to keep. Your mindset may have changed and more items will find their way into the donate box.

Set reasonable goals for yourself, be it one room a day or one room a week. You’ll find whatever works best for you then reward yourself after each room is complete. Rewards can be as little as a small bouquet of flowers to add a pop of colour and freshness to the newly decluttered room. Or go bigger and opt to put a fresh coat of paint on the walls and a new rug. A word of caution about the rewards you choose, don’t add more clutter!

If you’d like some extra guidance and support to declutter your home  to start your New Year off fresh, give us a call. We’re happy to help.