Simple tips to get you started

1. Declutter regularly

Tackle clutter a little bit each day or perhaps whenever you clean. So when the kettle's on, clear the kitchen worktop and find homes for everything. When you're stuck in-doors waiting for a delivery to come, tackle an over full drawer or cupboard. When you're cleaning the bathroom, sort out your toiletries. 

 

You could decide on a regular time slot when you're going to tackle a particular area, such as a Monday morning or Friday afternoon. You might want to start Tidy Tuesday, so the idea of decluttering or organising sticks in your mind and you think of doing it on a Tuesday.

 

Carefully empty your drawer or cupboard. Group it into piles of like for like. Look at what you need, what you could recycle, what you could bin and what you could donate. Is anything broken? Do you have duplicates? Is anything out of date. Let go of the things which are easy first.

 

Put stuff for the charity shop straight into your car boot or in your hallway ready to be delivered when you're next passing. Give the clear area a good clean and neatly put back what you're keeping. Do your keepers need to be stored somewhere else? Would they be easier stored in a small container before going back into the cupboard? Do you need to label anything to help you find it more easily?

 

Now admire your handy work! Think about what needs to change so that you can keep this area clutter free. A little decluttering often is a great habit to grow and you might even find you enjoy it and want to do more!

 

2. Paperwork

Decide on one place to put post and papers when they come through your door. Each day, pick everything up and put it in that place. Open the post every day - recycle the envelopes, file paper work to keep, put into an action tray anything requiring your attention. Put reading material into a magazine rack and clear the rack every week or at least when the next edition comes out. Regularly go through your action tray. Put it somewhere you can see it and where you have everything you need to hand. Create a home hub or work zone where you can easily get things done. 

 

3. Storage Solutions

Sort through your things before you buy storage. Rationalise what you have and group like things together. Next, decide what type of storage you would like and what would fit the space you're going to use. Shop about online - it's so easy these days to find bargains and get fast delivery. If you buy storage first, you may find you don't need it all - then it just becomes part of the problem. 

 

4. New stuff

Before you buy another gadget, dress or book, think first about whether you really need it and where it will live. Keep it in mind as a treat purchase for when you have got rid of your old version or sorted through your current things. Passing on books you've read to friends will give you space to put new ones. Clearing your wardrobe every 6 months will make space for new trends and free you from the reminder of clothes that you might not be able to fit into any more. Store out of season clothes in special storage bags under the bed or in the loft. Label everything you store clearly so you can find it when you want it. 

 

5. Give everything a home

Designate a landing strip for things like your keys, wallet and phone. Always put them in that place when you come home, so you know where to find them when you next need them. If everything has a place to live you won't waste time trying to find them. 

 

Clutter Quiz

Try Sue Kay's Clutter Quiz (Author of No More Clutter):

 

How long does it take you to find these 5 every day items:

1. Passport

2. Spare front door key

3. Doctor's phone number

4. Last bank statement

5. Envelope and stamp

 

Sue says, 'if it takes you more than 5 minutes then the chances are you are already wasting time on a daily basis looking for things you've lost'.