How often should I declutter?
A question we often get asked here at Nimble HQ is, how often should I de-clutter?
Ah, clutter. When you have children, this is sadly something you seem to acquire quite easily… or is that just us?! Small people seem to just come with so much ‘stuff’ don’t they? While we’re all different and have different approaches/ tolerance levels when it comes to clutter, even the most orderly of us will need to buckle down and have a really thorough de-clutter every now and then. But how often does this need doing, and how can we make it as painless as possible?
Read on to find out our top tips.
They say that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure- and this is definitely the case when it comes to clutter. By definition, clutter is the accumulation of ‘too much stuff’ that you don’t really need. Things that collect on windowsills, inside drawers and on top of kitchen cupboards. You know- the stuff you think you might need one day, so you keep just in case.. yep, that’s clutter! That said, we all have different definitions of what constitutes clutter and what you might consider acceptable to keep, someone else might shudder at the thought of even considering it!
So, first step: define clutter. Ask yourself honestly what you need, and what you don’t. Be ruthless!
Do we really need to de-clutter?
De-cluttering the house is completely different to cleaning. Cleaning is something we do on a daily basis, but de-cluttering isn’t. So do we really need to do it? Ask yourself: do I feel happy in my living space right now? Do I feel like I have enough space? Does my house look tidy after I’ve cleaned? Am I spending too much time hunting for things that are hiding beneath other things?
If the answer is yes, then it’s time to de-clutter. Sorry!
How to de-clutter…
Here are our three top tips for making the dreaded de-clutter as easy as possible:
- Don’t expect to do it all in one day. It took time to build up the clutter, so it’s going to take time to sort it. Especially if you have kids in tow! Planning in small, manageable chunks of -de-clutter time will help to make it a lot easier.
- De-clutter step by step. De-cluttering an entire house is not an enticing prospect for anyone. So, taking a step by step approach might be the way to go. Make a list of the items you know that have been building up, wherever they are in the house. For example, shoes, or coats, or toys. Pick a category and work your way through the house, room by room, de-cluttering as you go.
- De-clutter specific ‘hot spots’ We all have ‘hot spots’ in out homes. Hot spots are those places where we tend to put things when we aren’t sure (or, let’s face it- can’t be bothered) where they go. The kitchen drawer we mentioned earlier, or the large plate on the windowsill that tends to overflow regularly. These are your hot spots. These are places that you can tackle regularly, to keep the build up of clutter at bay. Clear a space and sort the contents of your hot spot into categories- after deciding what you want to keep and what you no longer need.
So, how often should I de-clutter?
The answer is… it depends. Its always a good idea to have a regular deep cleans, and this can be a really good time to have a de-clutter. But if you find yourself wondering where on earth your spare surfaces have gone, or why that kitchen drawer no longer closes… it’s time.
If your clutter builds up quickly, you’ll need to de-clutter more often than someone who is a little more organised than you. Setting a schedule might work- for example, every month you have a blitz. If you keep on top of it regularly, it will become easier to do. You might need to do it once a week, or once a month- remember to ask yourself the questions we talked about previously, and if you finding yourself saying yes then it’s time to grit your teeth and get on with it.