Helpful Hardisty – Easy steps to decluttering your home

Do you sometimes feel as though you’re drowning in a sea of clutter? Or that your house has become more and more disorganised? Now Halloween and Bonfire Night are almost over, now’s the time to hit those common, messy areas before the Christmas decs’ go up!

Start by sorting through everything you own
Getting started is always the hardest part but performing an audit of everything you own is a great first step. Gather common built-up items like books, items of food, jewellery, paperwork, loose batteries or anything you’re saving “just in case”. Find out how many duplicates or useless items you have and throw them away. Whatever there is leftover, sort and store them properly.

Next… tackle the wardrobe
Let’s face it, a wardrobe is a totally different beast to the random things you tend to collect.

A good system to operate in the future is a one in one out system. Every time you buy a new item of clothing, throw away an old item.

Whilst you’re at it, you should tackle your sock drawers. Throw away any old and worn out items, and add an organiser to the draw to keep everything separate and neat.

Sort out your utensils drawer
You know you’ve collected too much cutlery when the draw starts to stick. Take everything out of the drawer and throw away those useless tools (like your melon baller or your citrus juicer that you’ve not used in 3 years) and add a divider to better divide your essential utensils.

Organise your garage, shed and/or loft space
Transparent boxes are your best friend when it comes to organising your storage spaces. You can stack them all on top of each other and you can see all the contents you’ve stored inside them, meaning you don’t need to go through a hundred boxes to find something. Now’s a great time to do this now that gardens now need minimum tending to, organise this space now and it will be easy to maintain over the winter/spring months!

Get the kids involved
Encouraging your kids to keep their bedrooms neat and organised is a brilliant way to keep one of the messiest areas of your house neat and tidy.

Introduce them to the idea of donating unwanted toys to charity shops and how doing so can have a positive impact on the lives of others. It’s also a vital life skill your children will need to learn, so everyone wins!



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