Tips for decluttering your home

As I have mentioned in an earlier post, Stu and I spent the large part of the Christmas holiday break just cleaning and decluttering our home. And oh boy, it felt good to actually have excess space. Mentally, it felt incredibly good to start the year afresh as if we'd thrown away our negative emotions together with all that physical junk. Today I'd like to share some of my tips for decluttering your home. Read on if you're interested...
1. Start small - at first I found idea of cleaning out the whole house extremely daunting and kept putting it off. Then one day, after having trouble finding a key, I decided to clean out the one drawer I had a feeling it was in. I found the key shortly and that achievement alone motivated me to keep going. I couldn't stop cleaning afterwards.

2. Teach kids to clean up their mess - Alexander has been trained at an early age to clean up his toys after play before he is allowed to move on to the next toy or activity. I hope that this gets him in the habit of putting things away now, than procrastinate.

3. Categorize your belongings - Stu and I went through every single item in our house (and yes that includes the wardrobe) and categorize them into "keep", "donate" and "toss'. Everything in the "toss" pile gets binned straightaway, while the "donate" items are dropped off at our local charity. The cupboards and drawers get a good clean before we put the items we want to keep back in an organised fashion which brings me to my next point...
4. Storage containers - For our linen cupboard and bathroom cupboard, we used clear containers which we labeled to make it easier for us to find items stored in them. We use straw baskets for toys, magazines, books and craft materials. On the back deck, we have a storage chest which doubles as a craft table for Alexander as well as storage for blankets, cushions and cleaning materials. Drawer dividers are great for organizing stationery, cutlery and other items in drawers.

5. Consider self storage solutions - when we turned our study into Alexander's nursery, we had to use a self storage facility for some of the items that were previously in that room, such as some furniture and filing cabinets full of documents and business records that we had to keep for a certain number of years but no longer had room in the house for. Fort Knox is one such self storage facility that can help you keep clutter away in a secure location.

Do you have any decluttering tips of your own to share?

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Fort Knox. I was compensated for this post, however all opinions are my own.

13 Responses to Tips for decluttering your home

kidgranny said...

Great ideas! I love how your bedroom looks so airy and calming!

Anouk said...

Great tips Trishie! Personally I can't live with too much stuff and I declutter about once or twice a year. In between I also try not to accumulate too many magazines, paper and so on. Things that I don't use, I also either give away or I bin them. As you can probably relate to, it feels great once it has been done.

Luxessed

Rose said...

Lovely. I agreed on doing it bit by bit. A small cleaning makes a difference.

Thanks for the tips.

Sharon D said...

Wonderful suggestions, Trishie. I declutter the home at least twice a year - but am also guilty of collecting too much stuff ..haha..which makes keeping the place neat a little challenging!

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Love these ideas! I'm in the mood for reorganizing and decluttering :)

My Garden Diaries said...

I love this! Such a stunning bedroom friend!!! And all of your tips are spot on! I need to do more in different areas of my home but like you find it so therapeutic!!! Wishing you a lovely weekend!!! Nicole xoxo

ez vina said...

I have been thinking of clearing up my house for quite some time now, but never get to do it for real..sighh

Imogen said...

This is very relevant to me right now, I've been trying to sort out the house for awhile but never have enough storage. I definitely agree that starting small makes a huge difference

Ananka said...

Good tips. I always find it hard to clear out things! I always need pushed lol :-)

jessica // creative index said...

I've been in an early spring cleaning mode lately. It feels so good to de-clutter and organize!

burntfeather said...

I definitely find my key to tidying up is having appropriate storage otherwise it kind of feels like you're getting no where!

akiko hiramatsu said...

Your bed room is so beautiful!!!
I have to get many containers :)
Have a lovely weekend, Trishie♡

akiko

ChristopherJames said...

I think the best way to declutter a room is to really keep the mess out of sight, so you've done a really good job with getting some nice baskets to dump things in and keep them relatively out of the way! I also like the idea of shelving. Not too much either if not the walls can start to look quite cluttered and messy too.