A summer declutter
If spring is the time for cleaning, summer is the perfect time to declutter. Grab those bin bags and let's get sorting.
Summer is a great time to get things done – we return from our holidays full of motivational zest and enthusiasm, the kids (if you have em) are off school so can be put to work, routines are more relaxed and the sunny weather gives us more get-up-and-go.
But where to start? We asked Mardi Girl, a professional organiser based in Surrey, for her top decluttering tips. Here’s what she suggests.
Join in on the Instagram online challenge – #declutterchallenge – with a daily or weekly post. How this works is, you post a photo of your decluttering before and after shots. I love this challenge and I love the feeling of shared support and it also appeals to competitive side in me! It’s a great way to meet new people too. There is a 30 day declutter challenge if you want to commit to a daily post.
Reduce your wardrobe by 25%
This is a great tip and one I use myself all the time! I check this every six months by making a diary note so I can monitor progress. Take everything out of the wardrobe and as you return the clothes – turn all your wardrobe hanger hooks one way. Each time you wear something you will turn that hook in the reverse direction on the pole. The twist on the usual tip is before you return it to the wardrobe ask yourself if I was in a shop today would I buy this? If you are really honest with yourself, and turf those things you say no to, you could reduce your clothing by 25%.
Introduce recycle box and add one thing every day
We are programmed to recycle our rubbish, not many of us would dream of not doing that! At our house we have added another box for stuff we don’t want, and we try to add one thing per day. That thing can be from anywhere in the house, clothes, cutlery, toys, books. The box comes with us to the recycle centre where most stuff can be dropped off and reused or recycled. Supermarkets also often collect textiles, books and shoes, so check your local one. Do this a few times and it becomes habit and before you know it you will be feeling in control of your clutter.
Dedicate time and avoid distractions
Ensure you’ve set aside time for the decluttering task, and be realistic about how much time you have. Usually around 3 hours works well when you are starting out – allocating the whole day can feel like you are climbing a mountain. Or you can try tackling small areas for just 10 minutes every days – and lots of small wins will encourage you to carry on. Switch off phones and televisions and focus on the task and avoid distractions.
Pretty and practical storage
Most images of a decluttered room show beautiful storage boxes. I love storage boxes, they are a brilliant way to contain items and also a great way to control them so they are easy to find. But only use them after you have decluttered and organised your area. There is little point spending out on storage boxes or adding more clutter to your home unless it is useful and fits the space.
Get it outta here
Once you have made the decision that something is going, bag it and get it out of the house quickly – ideally the same day. If you are passing on items to friends or family the same rule applies – pass it on quickly! Tie up the top of the bag so you can’t see the contents, pop on a label with the recipient’s name and get it gone!