If you have clutter of any form in your home, you can be certain that you have some junk that you can get rid of. While it may not seem like ‘junk’, it may no longer be useful and holding onto it can be deadly, because you don’t know if you will ever need it again. Making the decision to get rid of your old things is actually one of the hardest challenges of decluttering. Like most people, you are probably having trouble with throwing away something you spent your hard-earned money on. On top of that, you may not want to throw things away because they hold more than monetary value, they hold sentimental value. These real and valid feelings make it challenging to part with our things.
This is where a professional organiser comes in. Home organisers understand the feelings of stress, frustration and anxiety of getting rid of old things and can help you get through the process of organising your home in a way that suits you. A home organiser can work around you and your goals, whilst giving you a new perspective into organisation and decluttering.
A team of professional home organisers can help you tackle the clutter with the following tips:
The 80/20 Rule
With many things including clothing, books, DVD’s, toys and many more, we generally only use 20% of what we own 80% of the time. The rule helps you to figure out what you don’t use 80% of the time to prioritise what you should keep and what you should give away.
Does It Still Work?
If you have items that you haven’t used in a while or once loved, find out if it still works and can be used. If there are missing parts, broken pieces or it has no use, then they should be thrown away. If it can be fixed, then you should fix it now rather than letting it sit in your house to collect dust.
Think About When You Last Used It
Many of our belongings are from impulsive purchases or only have a onetime use. In these cases, you should probably get rid of it, unless you are certain that you will need it again in the near future. If you find something and think to yourself, “I’ve been wondering where this was”, or “I didn’t know I still had this”, then it is a sign that it needs to be gotten rid of.
Clear Flat Surfaces
Areas in your home like counter tops, desks, tables, shelves, and TV stands are places where a lot of clutter can build up without you realising. You may place something on your desk and forget that it is there, never coming back to it again. These clutter-magnet areas pile up with mail, bills, magazines, cups and random junk that have no other place in your home. Although it is alright to have a few things on your counter tops – after all that’s what they are for – freeing up space will allow you to use the area in a more productive way.