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As the outside world currently feels a little unsettling, it’s important your home remains a haven. With more time and more family members inside it, it’s easy for mess to build up. Decluttering can help you to de-stress and make life at home more enjoyable.

Sort your unwanted items

photograph of person grabbing clothing items in organised drawer

Tastes change and technology evolves, so it’s easy for outdated items to become clutter. Decide whether you still need an item by asking yourself:

  • When did I last use this?
  • When will I use this again?

Or you can use organisation consultant and Netflix star Marie Kondo’s approach:

  • Hold the item and ask if it sparks joy

Tastes change and technology evolves, so it’s easy for outdated items to become clutter. Decide whether you still need an item by asking yourself:

If you won’t use the item again or it doesn’t make you happy, you can ensure it doesn’t go to waste by recycling or donating it to charity – when shops reopen.

Reassess your storage space

Image of very organised drawer filled with clothes using the konmari method

A space can look cluttered when items such as board games or utensils are on show.

  • Use the extra time at home to rearrange your current storage to make extra room.
  • Wicker baskets are a stylish way to store smaller items around the house.
  • There are many subtle storage units that easily blend in with most interior designs. Take a look at the Malm range from Ikea.
  • Invest in a statement piece of furniture that will inject personality, as well as being functional.

Add a fresh lick of paint

When decluttering your home, you might want to consider giving the walls a fresh coat.

  • Bold colours or busy patterned wallpaper can make a space feel small and crowded.
  • Neutral tones and plain walls can open a room and give the illusion of more space.
  • Use cushions and accessories to add pops of colour.

Set a daily decluttering routine

Colourful image showing the concepts of how to organise decluttering

If you’re spending all your time indoors, tidying may be the last thing you want to do – especially after a day working from home. However, a spring clean can bring a real sense of satisfaction.

  • Set yourself a manageable routine to stay on track.
  • You could tackle one room a day or set a timer for around half an hour.
  • Follow Mrs Hinch on Instagram for fun cleaning tips and inspiration.

Giving your house a thorough clear out will hopefully make daily life more enjoyable. And when you find your next dream home, you’ll have even fewer items to move.