Interior inspiration : Decluttering your home
Is your new home bursting at the seams? If you still have a lot of boxes in your garage waiting to be unpacked, maybe now is the time to declutter. Having too many belongings can be overwhelming and draining. It can make keeping a home tidy and clean more difficult. It may also have a negative impact on both your physical and mental health.
What is clutter?
- Sentimental clutter (items from your past that have memories attached to them).
- Rubbish (items that need to be binned or recycled e.g. old flyers and magazines).
- Clutter without a home (items with no set storage space).
- Unused clutter (often sale items which still have their labels on).
- Abundance clutter (multiples of the same item e.g. 10 pairs of black jeans or 5 bottles of the same shampoo).
- Self-improvising clutter (items you bought for a new hobby that you have never used or have stopped using e.g. exercise bike, cookery book collection)
Sparking joy or 10 minutes method
- Tins, jars and condiments that have passed their expiry dates or you have no intention of eating.
- Old plastic containers that are stained or missing their lids.
- Equipment you don’t use e.g. ice cream maker or bread maker.
- Cookery books that you haven’t read for six months or more.
- Pens that don’t work.
- Old notes.
- Magazines and newspapers that aren’t current.
- DVDs that you haven’t watched for a year or more.
- Books that you won’t read again, or if you do it’ll be years down the line.
- Old remote controls.
- Old batteries.
- Clothes that don’t ‘spark joy’.
- Odd socks
- Shoes and boots that you haven’t worn for years.
- Threadbare items (e.g. old underwear).
- Old bedding you don’t use.
- Sun cream and makeup that’s over a year old.
- Old garden tools you’ve not used for a while.
- Plant pots you could donate to a friend.
- Unused children’s toys.
- Unwanted plant seeds or bulbs.