Happy New Year
(sorry it’s a little delayed)!
LLD hopes everyone had an extra-special Christmas and wonderful New Year, hopefully spent the right way making memories with loved ones and non-stop eating!
So this is the first blog post of 2020 for LLD, and we thought what better way to start the year with giving you inspiration to get the household organised, orderly, and DECLUTTERED. Don’t get us wrong, the thought of sorting through the entirety of your home’s bits and bobs can be daunting and off-putting, not to mention feeling anxious about maybe throwing away something that you may later regret. However, it doesn’t need to be as painful as you might think, and it really will be worth it in the end! And what better way to do it at the beginning of the year – a fresh start for the year of 2020.
Let’s start by asking why you should declutter…
What are the benefits of decluttering your home?
1) LESS TO CLEAN
For many, cleaning is already enough of a chore, but having to clean in and around things that really have no relevance to your life is just unnecessary effort, taking up extra time that could be spent doing something much more enjoyable or productive!
2) STRESS RELIEF
It is common for people to enjoy decluttering as it can be a stress relief! Yes it may be a time-consuming process, but once done it will give you a sense of accomplishment. Even better, it may encourage you to look around your home and really embrace and appreciate the environment you live in!
3) LESS TO ORGANISE
Decluttering will make finding things easier as your living environment will be more organised. The frustration of not being able to find something when you need/want it can be real, and simply sorting through all your belongings (and being somewhat ruthless), can avoid this.
For some people, simply getting rid of the junk can be very satisfactory and rewarding. Not only that, it will most likely free up a little extra space in the house that wasn’t there before, allowing you to utilise it in a more efficient or creative way.
How to De-clutter
- Make a plan. How many rooms are you wanting to declutter? How much clutter do you have? Most importantly, how much time do you have on your hands? It is important to be realistic. We recommend tackling one room or space at a time. It also may be a good idea to envision when you want to be ‘decluttered’ by, as this will allow you to keep on top of it instead of it being a half completed job.
- Have a sorting system. ‘Keep’, ‘throw away’, ‘give away’ and ‘re-locate’ is a great method as it forces you to make a decision as you go through each item. Have a bin bag or a box for each of your sorting system labels. This will keep the space clean and prevent it being more of a mess than before you started!
- Ask yourself when the last time you used something was. For the decluttering process to be successful, you have to be ruthless and willing to say goodbye to things. If you come across something that you haven’t used in the last six months, we suggest getting rid.
- It may be wise to get help from a friend or family member. When it comes to things like this, indecisiveness can take over, especially when you may have been doing it for hours on end. They can be more decisive and realistic about what to do with each item. It may also speed up the process.
Good luck with your decluttering processes. Here’s to an organisation, here’s to 2020, here’s to the next decade!