1. MAKE A PLAN
Before you start tearing through the cupboards, make a plan of which room you are going to tackle first and what your end goal is. A written down plan is a well executed plan. Not sure where to start? Pick the room that has the least to do to get warmed up, then work your way to the bigger rooms as you gain momentum.
2. SET TIME ASIDE EACH DAY
Decluttering can be a very overwhelming process, but it also is such a liberating experience. The process can range from 30 minutes to a couple of hours each day depending on how confident you feel. If you feel like it is getting too much then it is time to walk away for the day, debrief and try again the following day.
3. COMPARTMENTALISE YOUR BELONGINGS
Keep, Maybe, Charity, and Sell. These are the 4 categories I use when I work with clients. The maybe pile is always quite interesting as I encourage my clients to place items with an uncertain fate in this pile and we reassess at the end. This method saves alot of time as making an instantaneous decisions on every single item is not the easiest. The sell pile is one of my favorites, as there are so many platforms out there that allow you to sell your belongings. I have used and recommended the following sites to my clients Depop, One Scope Store, eBAY, Little Lives and reGAIN. There a a number of bespoke services that deal with high end fashion resale which I will discuss soon in a separate blog post.
4. TAKE TIME FOLDING, PACKING AND ORGANISING
Ok, so you've passed the decluttering stage and now its time to organise your belongings back into their homes. This is the fun part as you get to be creative with your storage. From hanging, folding and vacuum bagging there are so many ways to organise your space! It is essential for you to have all the right storage items ready before you start the organising process. Stores such as Ikea, Dunelm and Wilkinson have a wide range of storage solutions. In my experience, doing a job without the specific products leads to an unfinished and disatisfying end product.
5. BEING ORGANISED IS A LIFESTYLE
You have spent days, maybe a few months getting your home in perfect condition. The key is to keep it that way. I'm not talking about picture perfect as we all know that life has such a sweet way of sweeping the house like a hurricane in less than 10 seconds. An organised home, has belongings that are functional and have a dedicated spot in your house. Once a month do a visual inventory and get rid of things that are no longer used.
"MOST IMPORTANTLY HAVE FUN AND ENJOY THE PROCESS"