Draft a plan
Make a plan – this is the most critical aspect when de-cluttering. Set aside time for every room; that way, you can complete one room before proceeding to the next one, and you avoid getting confused about what you are saving and getting rid of.
One helpful tip is: follow the concept of “keep, donate, throw, sell.” Assign designated boxed for every category and make an effort to have stuffs for each one from every space.
Donate items (think NACRO, GiveNow.com.au or Vinnie’s) so you will not feel like you’re squandering money or saving items you don’t utilise just for the sake of it. What’s really great is that donating is a good deed!
Selling stuff either online or at a garage sale can be a great way to earn extra money for the items that you still need. Some of the best places to start are eBay and Gumtree, but there are other local websites and Facebook pages you can explore.
Do you have surplus appliances you want to get rid of? Check out things like fridge-buyback programs and TV end-of-life recycling schemes.
Another great idea is to create a list of all the things you want in every room in your home. As you begin going through your things and marking items off your list room by room, you’ll have a better knowledge of the ones you can throw out, sell or donate. For the things you want to throw away, make sure to find out your local council pick-up days.
Chucking out those clothes
The concept of dealing with – and discarding – your clothes may appear particularly challenging, but you can follow this good rule of thumb: if you didn’t wear something in the previous season (for instance, jeans in winter or swimmers in summer), you probably won’t, so let them go! You will be astounded how much room you can empty out and how amazing your new closet will look!