Forget about a spring clean, de-cluttering and deep-cleaning can be done at any time of the year and most importantly when you have time.

We live in a materialistic society and in a world where we always need (and need to own) every new thing and repairing is often more complicated than buying new. And that causes our homes to be full to the brim.

We will start at the very beginning and take you into the finer details at the end, so we can meet you wherever you are, whether it is your own four walls or a family home where everyone stores (or leaves) their things.

Set a goal

As with any project, it’s important to set a goal, or rather a priority. For example, are you doing this because you want to make money or because you want to make space?

Do you need a certain amount of space, for example to make an extra bedroom?

Deciding what you are hoping to achieve will help you make decisions as you work your way through everything. You will know if you are leaning towards selling or giving, focusing on big furniture or small items.

Decisions

Create different categories of piles to help with the clear out later

Whether you are starting with one room or one box, start by taking it apart bit by bit, checking what’s inside and taking note. With entire homes, it’s easiest to start with bulky furniture.

Anything you can take apart to store, take apart after having taken pictures of the items. This will help you store or sell them later. Write down dimensions as you go along so you have as much information as possible.

As you go through your shelves, drawers and boxes, organise in categories:

  • Broken beyond repair
  • Don’t need
  • Seasonal
  • May use one day
  • Memories
  • Regular use
  • Undecided, will get back to it (this can be boxes with too many small things to go through right at the start)

Some categories are easier than others. When it comes to the memories and mementos, take your time to decide what is important to you. Unless your goal is to become an absolute minimalist, it’s ok to want to hold on to personal items. Some things may be updated, you may want to scan your old photos or digitalise family videos to get rid of cassettes (do you even still have a player for them and does the plug fit your flat screen TV?) and keep a hard drive or cloud-based digital version instead.

If your goal is to empty your home a little, you can take another look through your “may use one day” pile and decide what is worth keeping. How likely is it you will need it? Will it deteriorate or be outdated by then? Could you borrow from someone if and when the need arises?

When it comes to separating from things, it’s better to err on the side of caution, as you won’t get your memories back. So, if you aren’t sure, keep them for now, put them aside, and pick them back up later in the process. You will be surprised how much your attitude and attachment changes as you purge your home from so many items.

Where to now?

Once you have categorised, you can start planning how to get it out of your home, and this will vary based on whether you are trying to make money or just need to get rid of things quickly and efficiently.

If it’s the latter, you can bin and donate. Charity shops will take a lot, some day cares or children’s clubs will take craft supplies as well.

If you are trying to make some money, it will take more time, but the notes and pictures you took will come in handy.

Your best bet for clothes is Vinted: You can sell clothes and accessories there. (Tip: the first two weeks after posting will be busiest so make sure you have time to answer, wrap and send your parcels.)

For furniture, try Facebook Marketplace or eBay so you don’t have to deal with sending it somewhere yourself.

Any specialised items (hobby related for example) can be sold in groups on social media or in a store that also takes second hand objects.

Finally, if you still have a lot to get rid of, take the time to look for flea market, garage sales or antique markets, depending what you have to sell.

Organising

What is left now needs to be organised for it not to look like clutter in your home. Ideally, choose pretty storage that you like and goes well in your home. Making it decorative instead of practical helps you see it as part of your home rather than just things stored away.

Mark each box so you know exactly what is inside and keep a close eye on your seasonal items and things that “may come in handy one day”. Set yourself a time by which you want re-evaluate.

Do you have any go-to tactics to help organise your home? Share them below! We’d love to hear from you.

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