Hoarders, look away! De-cluttering can be life changing but could lead to fits of separation anxiety for those, like me, who are attached to their pretty things. But approaching my 40th house move and inhabiting tiny little kennel-sized apartment I have de-cluttering down to a fine art – without compromising my personal style.
The best way to keep a handle on things is to tidy up every day. This way clutter doesn’t have much chance of accumulating all over the house. My personal golden rule to keeping clutter from invading my space is to handle an item only once. This means if you took it off the line; fold it right then and there before placing it in the laundry basket. You will not have an unsightly pile of unfolded laundry to dig through and folding items like sweats and t-shirts as they come off the line often eliminates the need to iron!
Get recycling bins and use them! Once you are done with a newspaper or magazine place directly into recycling, don’t leave it on the dining room table – the same goes for mail and school notices. Be strict with your children about where they may play with their toys and what your clean-up rules are. This teaches them to always clear things away when they are done.
Be creative with displaying momentos, collectables and keepsakes. Group pretty picture frames in a wall gallery stead of on the mantelpiece. Use that special quilt or beautiful rug as a wall hanging. Decide on a theme and stick to it, packing everything that does not relate to the theme into storage, or better yet donate or sell it! Go through your kids’ rooms and ask them to help you to pick toys that can be donated to a charity.
Make sure everything has a place where it should be stored and insist that everyone in the house puts things where they should be. If everyone in the home does their part, your home should be tidy and clean before you know it.