Easy Ways To Declutter Your Home

Easy Ways To Declutter Your Home

It always annoys me when I read articles on how to declutter and free up space in the home, and the tips are focused on throwing things out. Obviously, there will be a few things you can give to charity or friends, and everyone has a few items they can just get rid of.  But, what if you’ve already done all of that and you still have too much clutter? You don’t want to throw your things away as they might be valuable in one way or another. Instead, here are a few easy ways you can declutter without throwing all your valuable possessions away:

Make Use of Every Room in Your ouse

It’s all too common for people to feel like they have no storage space when they actually have a lot. The secret is using every single room in your home. I’m talking about a couple of places in particular that regularly get neglected; the attic/loft and garage. If your attic is boarded up, then it’s the perfect storage room for loads of things you don’t use on a regular basis. If it isn’t, then boarding it up is such a good investment as you instantly create a storage room. The same goes for your garage; make use of the space available to neatly organise things. Here, you have a way of moving clutter out of the main rooms in your home while still keeping it nearby. So, if you do randomly need something you stored away, you can easily get it out.

Put Some Valuables in Storage

We all have a few family heirlooms or things that are either emotionally or financially valuable. Similarly, a lot of these things don’t really get used every day, and you can live without them in your home. Therefore, you can seriously declutter your interior by putting these things in storage. There are long-term storage solutions out there where you can keep things for months on end locked away in a secure room. A lot of these places offer discounts too, so check online find out if you can save money. Mainly, this idea gets rid of things that are taking up space by not being used and keeps them safe. You still have them, they’re just no longer in your home.  We don’t have heirlooms sitting around but I have to admit, there are things that have always moved with us that we never throw out that could be happily located elsewhere!

Use Multi-Functional Furniture

My favourite idea is to use furniture that has multiple functions. Beds or chairs that contain storage compartments are brilliant examples of this. They take up as much space as regular items of furniture, but they allow you to store things in them. As a result, you banish a lot of clutter from the room while keeping it very close by. It’s ideal for things like children’s toys or books that you might use regularly but don’t want to leave out all the time as they clutter up a room.

While it can be a good idea to sort through your clutter and get rid of things that have no purpose, there’s no need to throw away loads of perfectly good things. I said to Roy just the other day “We have too much stuff” but really, I think we just don’t have enough storage. Could you declutter a better way than simply throwing things away?

 

Don’t Plan, Do (and make money)

*A sponsored post that could help you make money from your clutter!

As most of you know I don’t hold with New Year resolutions. I start out with good intentions and by the end of January have abandoned my list altogether. Instead nowadays I set my mind on what I want to do and just go for it.

We moved in October last year and this meant having a huge clear out of DVDs, CDs and games which of course helped with the pre-move declutter and also made us some money. My goal for the first quarter of 2013 is continue in much the same way, making money from my clutter (there is still plenty of it lurking in cupboards and the Man Den / workshop that needs sorting).

In our house I am a keen declutter bug. If it hasn’t been used for six months or seen for longer then the chances are that it will be sold, recycled or put on Freecycle so that others might benefit from it. Roy however, while not quite what you would consider a hoarder is less likely to get rid on the basis of “it might come in handy later”. Personally I’m not sure we need 36 assorted cables, many of them duplicates “just in case” but I might be missing the point.

The way we have got past our difference of opinion on decluttering boils down to the fact that we can make money on it. When we moved Roy inherited a 16ft x 14ft workshop and has big plans for it, these plans cost money of course. I also have my eye on a new suite so a few extra pounds coming in here and there with the minimum of effort works well for us both.

I haven’t time for Ebay (or their fees), it is the wrong time of year for car boot sales and other alternatives are either costly, which makes the whole money making exercise pointless, or a pain to organise. We still have games, CDs and what not to get rid of and having done very well with Music Magpie in the past will be looking to them again. We want to sell a mobile phone, get rid of games that Roy and the boys have got bored with and I see from the site that I can even send them clothing (I have plenty of clothing which is too big now I’m slimming down that I have no intention of ever fitting into again) so it appears we can get rid of all our our unwanteds all at once.

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One of our previous declutter sessions with MusicMagpie earned us £58.16.

We are on a mission to get this new home the way we want it, fill it with beautiful things and are determined to do it without spending a fortune and to declutter and cash in along the way to give us more spending money to play with. Having used Music Magpie several times I wouldn’t hesitate to to recommend them.

 

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