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The first step to decluttering is having a positive mindset about the change this will make to your quality of life. So you’ve accumulated a variety of knick-knacks and items that hold sentimental value over the years. While it may be challenging to let go of the things you never imagined parting with, living in a home with unlimited storage is not a reality for most. Look at it as a stepping stone toward making new memories while upgrading the aesthetic appeal of your property.
What you shouldn’t do when decluttering is try to hold on to things that have long past their usefulness. Organise your items into separate piles. If it doesn't fall under the absolute-must-have category, it needs to be put into the goodbye my lover, goodbye my friend pile. Think about the things you use most often in your daily routines. What items have become essential to your productivity and offer the most convenience? These will be things you keep that add to your quality of life without taking up too much space.
Have a plan of action for each room that needs attention and stick to it. Follow this brief guide to a basic organisation of each room:
There’s a reason why the saying “less is more” is so popular. Having clean surfaces around your home can bring peace of mind and looks naturally high-maintenance with the least amount of effort required. A minimalistic sense of interior decor can take your house from Extreme Makeover to the cover of Architectural Digest. Limit the number of appliances and ornaments you keep on shelving, countertops and tables. Choose one or two standout pieces to decorate with or that serve a function instead of multiple items. Ensure you aren’t overwhelmed when you begin to declutter as this will have a negative effect on your decision-making. Light some incense, make a cup of chamomile tea and embrace your inner zen.
Once you’ve done the heavy labour and your home is almost unrecognisable (in a good way!), it’s time to implement methods that will keep your home as fresh as possible. The things you’ve gotten rid of need to stay gone. Donating to charities or family and friends is a good idea to feel better about the decluttering process. Having a garage sale is a great way to get involved in your community while doing something positive.
Once you have a clean slate to work with, it’s easier to get excited about embarking on a new interior journey. The biggest step to creating a whole new world even Aladdin would be proud of is from gaining inspiration from homes similar to yours. This will help you get a feel of how to maximise the dimensions of your home to its full potential.
With so many benefits to decluttering your home, it’s hard not to want to get started right away! While it took you a while to gather all this clutter, you will need to take some time preparing to live in a completely new space. Embracing the feng-shui aspect of a cleaner home aligned with your individuality will leave you feeling energised in your space, as well as become a more welcoming place for others.
Decluttered your current home and looking for a brand new beginning with your lighter suitcases? Seeff has a range of properties in all shapes and sizes for you to choose from. Simply contact one of our expert property practitioners to schedule a viewing today.