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5 ways to declutter

Green Lifestyle magazine

However sentimental every object in your home may be, sometimes they become clutter that affects our wellbeing. Clean up your act with these tips.

Declutter

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However sentimental every object in your home may be, sometimes they become clutter that affects our wellbeing. Clean up your act with these tips.

Take a photograph. This will show you how the space may look to a guest and will help you decide what needs to go. When there are less items competing for attention, they will actually be seen!

If it isn’t practical, lose it. Any items of furniture you don’t actually use, donate to charity or give to a friend (or try our swap idea, above right). Same applies to clothes, if you haven’t worn it in a year, get rid of it!

Set time frames for each room and task. That way you don’t have time reminisce over every object you’ve pulled out of the depths of your wardrobe and lose motivation for the project.

Put it away. After deciding which items you will keep, put them in their rightful place straight away. This will help you see how your newly cleaned home will look (and will hopefully encourage you to keep going!)

Change your mindset. Many items that now make up household clutter are things we thought we would or could use, but didn’t. Make a conscious effort to stop collecting items just because you think you
might use it later.