Have you decluttered your home and put aside lots of items to sell, but just haven’t gotten around to putting them up for sale yet?
These things pile up in the corner, cluttering up your living space or filling your spare bedroom.
Wanting to sell items can become a barrier to removing them from your home and this type of clutter can be so annoying because you’re clear that you no longer want them, but haven’t been able to move them on.
Let’s get you started with my quick guide to selling your decluttered things.
A regular, quick declutter is the perfect way to keep on top of the clutter that can build up and make it difficult to find the things you need and feel relaxed in your home.
The process of taking a proper look around; acknowledging the things you love and us, and passing on the things you don’t, relieves your home of the weight of clutter.
I’m always learning about decluttering
I snatched a day during the Christmas holidays and roped my family into a ‘quick declutter’ to freshen-up the house. I’ve been doing this professionally for a while, but every day is a school day (as they say). I learned a thing or two and thought you’d like to learn from my own experience!
What did we do?
I planned in some family decluttering time for one of the days during the holidays and convinced my husband and daughter to join me. I put aside 1 hour to do a quick dash around to pick up things from surfaces, shelves, etc that we thought hadn’t been used/enjoyed in a while. Not only did we focused on our own things but also others family members too. (I try to regularly declutter so didn’t think we would find much)!
We put everything on the lounge rug and agreed to review it together to ensure that we were all happy to donate the items we’d gathered.
What was the result of our declutter?
We were really quite thorough and took twice as long to gather up items as we expected. However we found lots to review. I was surprised that we more than filled the lounge rug!
After a short review, it didn’t take long to fill bags and pop it all the car ready to drop off at a charity shop the following day. And a family movie night was a great reward for everyone involved!
What did we learn about decluttering?
Timeframe – We didn’t think it would take long to gather a few bits from about the house but in the end we went deeper. Our hunt included looking inside cupboards, under beds etc. Because we were on holiday, we were able to dedicate a little more time than initially planned. Use a timer or focus on one room to restrict your declutter activity, if you don’t have much time, are worried that you will get carried away or make a mess
Fresh pair of eyes– family members could spot items that they’d not seen the others use/enjoy for a while. This brought a new perspective which was really helpful. If you don’t have someone else available to help, imagine you are a visitor and ask when were items last used
Teamwork – our daughter was easily distracted when she went to look in rooms alone. Consider working as a team in the same room to help keep each focused on the task
Focus on what is enjoyed and used, release what is not.My daughter hadn’t used some things for a while but decided she still loved them. These provided a useful contrast to other items that she no longer needed. It can help you focus on what is important, and also what is not, and can therefore be released, when you take things out to really look at them
Engage everyonein what to do and why we are doing it. You can’t force others get involved, but you can engage them in the benefits they’ll enjoy; space to play or do activities; to store and find things they need; calm relaxing environment. Plan ahead, discuss the benefits, the plan of action and plan something nice as a reward for everyone
It was well worth it!– It was worth dedicating some time and energy. We took the time to check-in with ourselves regarding what was important; decluttered lots of items we no longer needed; supported a local charity shop and improved out home! Don’t put it off!
Are you ready for a quick declutter? Go on, give it a try!
If you’d like any help with decluttering and organising your home, I’m here for you.
And if you would like more help from me to support your decluttering project, my Organising Sessions are perfect for keeping you accountable, helping you to plan and make progress as you work through your home.
Have you ever noticed how a quick declutter feels so good?
I had the pleasure of speaking with Donna Alos on BBC Radio Derby yesterday morning. I shared some ideas to help you get started with some feel-good decluttering activities.
I was only on for a few minutes, so you may not have heard it, but I didn’t want you to miss out.
Whether you refer to it as clutter or not, most of us have a collection of things lying about in an untidy state somewhere in our home. We have an overabundance of possessions, that can create disorder and a chaotic environment.
Have you ever been bothered by clutter?
If you’ve been frustrated at not being able to find the things you need; distracted or unable to relax because the things around you; you’ll know how it can niggle and even cause you stress. It can affect your mood, and how you feel about yourself and your home.
Recent research by my follow APDO colleague, Caroline Rogers, has found that there is an association between clutter and wellbeing. Caroline says that clutter is subjective; how much we have isn’t important, it’s how we feel about it that is.
Taking steps to address your clutter can feel great.
You don’t have to have a huge declutter to feel the benefits. Creating order, even a little, can make you feel fantastic and like a weight has been lifted.
Here are some examples of the small tasks to help you feel fabulous.
sort out your cutlery drawer
review your cook books
tidy your underwear drawer
sort the odd cables box
review your DVD collection
sort out your make-up
look through the bathroom cabinet
tidy up your bedside table
sort through desk drawer
And if you have larger tasks to do but they feel a bit overwhelming; break them down into smaller activities; race the boiling kettle; work in 25 minute chunks; sort a drawer, box or shelf at a time; or make a list of the tasks that need to be done and complete the first one.
Do a little each day and it will soon add up, I promise!
If you didn't quite get to everything you wanted to do in January, don't fret. We have the advantage of being at the start of a new month and every day brings a fresh opportunity to renew your focus and begin something.
You may know of this concept but I think it's amazing and wanted to share it with you in case you've not come across it before. It's an amazing mindset trick that puts you thoroughly in control of your goals.
Have you found you get stressed out by all sorts of things? Maybe some of these:
the jobs you didn't get done around the house last year
what will happen now that we've left the EU
the mounds of paperwork taking over your kitchen counters
your environmental impact
your partner's messy bedside table
the state of the economy
how you never have enough clean shirts on a Friday
Don't stress - use your zone of control!
Often we experience stress when we lack control, so the key to reducing your stress lies in focusing on what you can control.
Think of these three elements:
Zone of control (blue) - the things going on here are within your control to change
Zone of influence (white) - you can influence the elements within this area but you cannot personally control what happens here
Zone of concern (green) - you cannot control or influence what happens within this area
You can reduce your stress levels by focusing your energy on the elements within your Zone of Control, those things that you can personally change. For example, you can make sustainable purchases, recycle and reduce your energy consumption to lower your impact on the environment. You might go further and change to renewable energy sources, choose to walk more often rather than use your car and so on.
How can we use this mindset at home?
When it comes to our homes, we are busy, have other things to focus on and often live with other people (or pets) who create mess too.
If you are getting frustrated with the state of your home, you could try taking action on the things that are within your control, such as:
decluttering and organising your side of the bedroom (often when we get organised this rubs off on others as they notice the benefits of our efforts)
organising your paperwork and start to manage it regularly so that it doesn't pile up
adding a weekly 'light load' diary reminder to ensure that you have shirts
helping your child practice tidying and giving away toys they no longer use (important skills for the future!)
create zones with accessible storage so that things can be tidied away easily when finished with
What other things can you do to organise the things within your control?
So the next time you feel stressed...
Where can you take control?
And remember ... let go of the things that you can't control!