It often tops the New Year’s resolution lists of many. But the determination to declutter on January 1st rarely sees the goal accomplished by the year’s end. This is understandable – it’s a big task. But that doesn’t mean it’s not achievable.
Commit to a plan
Think of decluttering like a large work project – you wouldn’t try to tackle it all at once, would you? Instead, break the process up into smaller tasks. You could divide it by each room, and then every section within it. Set dedicated times for the duties involved as well. This way, you’ll easily be able to build decluttering into your life.
To hold yourself accountable, a good method is to make ‘SMART’ goals. Make them specific, measurable, agreed upon, realistic and time-based, and you have a plan that’ll ensure you stay committed and can make real progress.
With the plan in place, the next step is choosing the first room to declutter. Clearing out the loft or spare room can instantly offer extra space, but beginning with somewhere you don’t use frequently won’t stimulate much motivation. You want to immediately feel the effects of the new order.
So instead start with a room that you’re in every day – like one of the children’s bedrooms or the kitchen. You’ll be more encouraged to finish decluttering so you’re then able to properly use the space once everything is back in its place. Once complete, you’ll see how the cleared area benefits you and feel inspired to organise the rest of the home.
Let go of items
Clearing out any room is difficult if you’re not willing to be brutal with what you dispose of. Accept that you need to be ruthless from the word go, or otherwise your home will never truly be in order. Think an item could come in handy in the future? Carefully consider the reality of this. When did it last serve any purpose?
With sentimental items, consider whether it creates happiness for you in any way. Also deliberate whether it could bring joy to another home. Perhaps giving it to charity would allow it to be enjoyed by those who would love or need it more. It’s a good idea to go through this thought process multiple times if you’re struggling to decide on a specific item.
Even with a skip full of items removed from your home, you might find that it still doesn’t feel spacious enough. The issue may be that your existing storage provision doesn’t suit your architectural features, or simply that you have less space than you’d ideally like. A perfect solution is fitted furniture.
Bespoke pieces like wardrobes and cabinets can be specially designed to fit into any odd-shaped spaces in your home – creating a more streamlined look, storing unsightly objects and freeing up space. Clever storage options can be fitted into previously unused areas, making your space work harder whilst further enhancing the overall design of the room. To discover the best ways to implement bespoke furniture, turn to Hartleys.
Call our team today on 01756 700471, and we’ll provide you with creative and design advice tailored to your property. If you’d like us to pay a design visit to your home, we’d be more than happy to. To see our fitted furniture ranges in all their glory, you can visit our Yorkshire showroom. With a little planning, together we can make 2019 the year your home is transformed into a beautifully designed (and uncluttered) paradise!