Look around your home, do you have the essentials plus a few other pretty household items or do you have countless items, some of which you do not even need?
Is your wardrobe carefully organised by garment/colour or is it bursting at the seams with clothes a) you have not worn in over a year, b) which still have the store tags on?
Does your hallway have a clear pathway leading to your front door or are there piles of shoes, coats and other items blocking the walkway?
Whilst not wanting to advocate living in a bare, souless home with no personal touches, de-cluttering can bring many benefits for the whole family. The more items you own, the harder it is to keep your house tidy. Items create clutter, clutter creates dust and who really wants to spend the weekends tidying up? Nobody, as it is relentless, not to mention tedious.
Let me tell you, once children are thrown into the mix, you appear to accumulate toys, large and small. I can cope with the large toys, even electronic devices but the small toys that find their way under (your feet) the sofa and in nooks and crannies is a whole other story!
My daughter is such a creative child. She designs theatre settings, clothes, anything you can think of using paper and other materials. When she has completed her masterpieces, the lounge resembles an art class. We now have a 'rule' that her work must remain in her room and (when I remember) we take photographs because she cannot keep them all.
Some tips to reduce clutter in your home;
1. As letters arrive, open them and either file or take action.
2. When you receive letters, invitations and information, take a photograph using your mobile phone and discard of the hard copy.
3. Keep entrances to rooms clear, it makes rooms appear less chaotic and reduces the risk of accidents.
4. Unless your hallway is wide, try and keep it clear. Buy a shoe cupboard and keep coats upstairs in a wardrobe separate from your clothes.
5. Buy a toy box each for your children to store their small toys in. Ensure they are put away every evening. My son’s toy cars are kept in one place other than when he feels the need to bring a few to nursery…………….
6. Do not leave a room empty handed.
7. Give everything a home. Resist the urge of leaving items out just because you may use them later that day.
8. Sort through your clothes into piles of;
B. May keep
C. Dispose of
Be ruthless and truthful to yourself. Only purchase what you absolutely love, not because an item is cheap or “will do for now”.
Do you live a clutter-free life?
If yes, what advice would you give to others?
If no, what is causing the hindrance?