January can feel like the perfect time to organise your home. Maybe your children have more toys than they could ever need thanks to Father Christmas, or maybe you’re still finding homes for all those little knickknacks, whilst also trying to remember how and where you even stored all of the Christmas decorations. If this sounds like your home, then here are some of our tips to get organised and declutter your home, ready for the year ahead.
Room by room
Decluttering your home can sometimes feel overwhelming as it can feel like huge job, however splitting it up into rooms or categories can help you focus your time and energy to get a little bit done at a time. So if you don’t have a whole weekend to devote to decluttering, why not make a plan where you take one room in the house each week? This way you’ll keep of the mess you will, unfortunately, make while organising contained in one room, and once that room is decluttered the sense of achievement will motivate you to carry on to the next one.
One in, one out
A good rule to live by when it comes to clothes, accessories and toys (although this might not make you popular with your children) is the one in one out rule. When something new is bought or given, something that is no longer worn or played with needs to go. Although this may feel ruthless, it’s actually a great way to make sure you use and love everything you own.
There are a number of ways you can get rid of those possessions you no longer require, such as local charity shops or donations to local shelters. If you’ve got items that maybe you’d like to recoup some of the value on, then online selling sites and car boot sales are a great place to get some money back. Car boot sales can also be a great way of getting children into giving some of their toys up as they can really get involved in the process and also see it go to another good home.
Improve your storage solutions
It might be that you don’t have too much ‘stuff’, you just don’t have enough storage for all your items! Thanks to modular storage solutions there are some really clever fixes to create storage in even the smallest of places, and they don’t have to cost a fortune. When deciding on storage people often think across, but if you think upwards there is often a lot more available, unused space. When thinking about storage for your items, it’s best to think logically and organise objects into categories so you can make the most of your storage.
If you’ve tried all the above solutions and still find you still don’t have space for all of your family’s belongings, then it might be time to think about upsizing. Naturally, there does come a point that families just have and need more things and therefore require a bigger home. If you are thinking about upsizing, then contact your local branch to see how they can support you in this journey.