• 5 STEPS TO HELP YOU DECLUTTER|Guest post

    Ways to declutter

    Guest Post written By the beautiful Chevonne of This Well Planned Life

    When it comes to clutter, I get me very anxious…literally. I cannot focus in conditions where there are more objects than space because my mind gets cluttered from all the things around me.

    DeclutterThis goes back to my childhood, growing up with a Jamaican parent. If you know anything about older Jamaicans, you’ll know that they love clutter. Like fill every space of the house with an object just because kind of clutter.

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    My dislike for a cluttered home goes way back to my childhood and now that I have my own home I make it my duty to keep it clutter free.

    Decluttering can be a tedious and emotional process. We hold on to things for many reasons which lead to hoarding and when we hoard things it makes it extremely difficult to let things go.

    You do not have to do a full house sweep, start small and see how that works out. Once you are comfortable getting rid of things, continue on to bigger projects.

    If you are up to it and feel brave enough to start to declutter, here are some tips that can help you to get started. ( I am no expert, these are my personal tips that has worked for me)

    1. Make a list of every room/space you want to declutter

    Be prepared because this is no easy task. Depending on your circumstances, it can become extremely tedious and leave you feeling overwhelmed.

    To avoid this, you should not try to declutter your entire home in one day. Take a pen and paper and write down all of the rooms/areas that you want to work on.

    Once you do so, go into each room and write down the problem areas (These are usually the areas where everything is pilled up or crowded).

    Once you have it all planned out, you must start with one room at a time and work on a particular section. Do not do multiple areas at the same time. Remember, the task is to not get overwhelmed so take it easy.

    2. Let It Go, Let It Go !

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    This is where you have to put on your big girl or big boy pants. Depending on your emotional attachment, this part of the process can be more difficult to some individuals.

    I know it will be hard but you have to think about the end results and what you want to achieve. You will feel a lot better in the end. Trust me.

    Everything that you have hoarded over time must go. You are not using it and you’re never getting around to work on that crafty project you pinned on Pinterest six months ago.

    If it makes you feel any better, getting rid of things does not necessarily mean you are putting it in the garbage.

    You can donate things to different charities, take them to events to share with others, sell on various market places or return them to the store if items are unused and you have your receipt. For the things that junk worthy, junk it.

    Again, let it go and I really mean it

    I’m repeating tip no. 1, I mean it. Trust me, I know it’s hard but we need to stop collecting things just to store them in our homes.

    Take a good look at everything you have and keep ONLY the things that you use on a daily basis or at least once per week or a few times per month. Get rid of everything else.

    You don’t have the space and you won’t be able to achieve that Pinterest worthy space that you’ve been admiring.

    3. Organize

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    After getting rid of all of the things that you’ve wasted your money on, you now have to analyze what you have left.

    Group everything you have in categories then designate specific spaces to keep these items. Remember, you are only working on one room or space at a time.

    Keep it minimal, you do not need multiple of the same items. Less is more sometimes and less looks a lot better than more.

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    4. Storage

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    Now you need to store all of your remaining items, and these should be items we really want and use.

    The best way to achieve a minimally cluttered look is to store things in decorative boxes, drawers or cute containers.

    If you are able to organize your things in drawers or cabinets, do so. The less you see, the lighter a room feels and the better you feel.

    5. Everything Has A Home

    DeclutterThis is the most important rule after you declutter. If you use an item, put it back where it belongs. Simple and to the point.

    This may be hard at first but with time, you will master it and it will become second nature.

    Clean up after you are done because a messy house gives the appearance of clutter.

    And keep everything in it’s designated space.

    Full credit for this is guest post goes to the amazing Chevonne Thomas of : This Well Planned Life.

    Chevonne blogs about her love of planning, fashion and home decor. Her social media details are as follows:

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    11 Comments

    1. October 6, 2018 / 6:16 pm

      Chevonne,

      I am totally relating to this post! Especially when you said that decluttering can be an emotional process. It’s very emotional for me. I am definitely more attached to certain things like baby clothes and school work that my kids bring home.

      Thank you for recognizing that there is a lot of emotion that goes into decluttering! You have written some really great tips to help in the process. I’m working on making sure that everything has a home, and getting rid of things in my closet that I haven’t worn in the past year.

      I think it’s a great rule to live by to get rid of anything that we haven’t used in the past month. Thanks again for the tips! Happy blogging!

      • Marianne Nambu
        Author
        October 6, 2018 / 5:31 pm

        I’m glad that you found it helpful

    2. October 6, 2018 / 7:57 pm

      First of all, I needed this. I really did because girls you do not even understand what I’ve been living in! I just moved into a new apartment and I have NO SPACE for all of my nonsense.
      Second, I AM OBSESSED WITH YOUR ROOM!! So glamorous ! Serious inspiration to get mine in order and start decorating !

    3. October 6, 2018 / 11:23 pm

      Oh I totally agree! When my home starts to get a little too cluttered I can feel my anxiety to build up. After we go through our stuff and get rid of the things we really don’t need it just feels like a weight has been lifted! I love the point of making sure everything has a home. If I kept this in mind, the clutter probably would take a little longer to build up.

    4. October 7, 2018 / 2:36 am

      this came just in time for me! I really appreciated all the pointers and the “nudge”. I also really liked all the pretty organizing items you used.

    5. October 7, 2018 / 5:42 am

      You’ve inspired me to start tge decluttering process. We downsized to a smaller home so we have heaps of stuff we need to give away.To fight overwhem, I’m going to tackle one area at a time.

    6. October 7, 2018 / 6:09 am

      Some great tip especially the one to do it step wise because it can be very overwhelming if you have a lot of clutter.
      I have been doing it for some time now and my house is low on clutter. Still it is amazing how fast it comes back and seems to appear out of nowhere. Great read!

    7. Sharvina
      October 7, 2018 / 9:37 am

      Thanks for your tips! I normally declutter my house at regular intervals. However, I’d love to incorporate your ideas into my used process.

    8. October 7, 2018 / 4:10 pm

      If I could have -“If you use an item, put it back where it belongs” tattooed to my forehead and not look like a freak I would do it! Truly the golden rule!

    9. October 8, 2018 / 1:38 am

      Very inspiring! I love the storage unit, very chic!

    10. October 17, 2018 / 5:57 pm

      Ah I need this for my office right now…thanks for sharing!

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