While it can be difficult to let go of possessions with sentimental meaning, collecting so many things that your home becomes disorderly and unmanageable means you need a clear-out. With a bit of luck, once you’ve dug out your stash of unused items, you’ll be able to sell, swap, upcycle or recycle some of your belongings. Here are some ways to get rid of the unnecessary clutter in your home for good. Make time to clear out Schedule time to declutter, and keep those declutter appointments. Just 15 minutes a day would set you off on the right track. Better still, schedule larger blocks of time, from two to four hours once or twice a week, for maximum declutter efficiency. Strengthen motivation by putting your declutter appointments in your diary, and sticking to them. Buy a storage trunk, drawers or bookshelves if you think you need extra places to put clutter you just can’t bear to get rid of. Focus on solvable stuff Zero in on one small, solvable clutter problem. Clear one counter, declutter one shelf or bring order to a single drawer. Choose an area that bugs you daily. When you feel yourself starting to flag, return to that one clear space, shelf or drawer to remind yourself of your goal and give you the motivation for more decluttering. ‘Four-box method’ Use the ‘Four-box method’ to speed up your decision-making and sort your clutter swiftly. Gather three boxes and a large drum, and label the boxes ‘put away’, ‘give away/sell’ and ‘store’.
When you’ve sorted items from the area you want to declutter into a box, or decided to throw them in the drum, reserve 10 to 15 minutes to empty the boxes. Put things away immediately. Give away/sell items should be stored outside the house if possible, in a garage or the car trunk to be dropped off at a charity shop.
Let each family member organize their own clutter: children and their toys, adults and their paperwork, teenagers and their clothes. Everyone’s different and will like their possessions organized in different ways.