I’ve never liked clutter. I’m not one of those people who get terribly attached to things and can’t part with them, but I know people who do, and it’s a big problem for them. It’s the type of problem that gets out of hand fast and before you know it you are suffocating under a mountain of papers, jars, carrier bags, almost empty tins of paint and clothes that don’t fit.
I recently read the Marie Kondo book about uncluttering that has been incredibly popular, but I found it all a little ‘drastic’. If I opened my wardrobe doors and discarded anything that didn’t ‘give me joy’ I would be walking around naked. It’s nice to find an old box of photographs that you had forgotten about, or reread an old , dusty favourite novel. Who doesn’t like to rifle through a cd collection and find one that brings back memories of being sixteen again?
So. I put together some tips which can be useful but not painful and will make a huge difference with the littlest effort. Hopefully the satisfaction from removing these items will give you the motivation to tackle harder personal belongings.
Keep just one hour free and aim to fill a large bin bag, a carrier bag if that feels more manageable.Start by throwing away things that you will never need again.
So, this step should feel painless, unemotional and inspirational.
These things can be thrown straight in the bin:
The Medicine Cabinet
Throw anything that is out of date , you have forgotten what ailment it is for, or tablets which were part of an unfinished course. Do the same with any pet medication too.
If you are not sure how long it’s been there, throw it! The best day to do this is just before a big food shop, it should be obvious when there is only a few items on the shelves. Tackle the freezer at the same time.
Whilst you are in the Kitchen
Open that cupboard where you open the door quick, throw something in, then shut it quick before the whole lot cascades on top of your head.
Throw any storage containers that don’t have lids or lids that don’t have containers.
Saucepans with missing or damaged handles.
Cracked glasses, chipped mugs.
Old spices from the back of the cupboard
The Sock Drawer
Throw away every odd sock in the house, you will not regret it!
Holey underwear, bra’s with no elastic left, white socks that have turned grey.
The Make Up Bag
Tip it out on to a towel, Now you can see all the things you don’t use anymore, instantly throw, these items are no use to anyone!
Damaged packaging, weird colours, duplicate items, passed it’s best……throw.!
Wander around picking up any of the following items and put straight in the bin bag.
Phone Directories (We all have the internet )
Takeaway Menu’s (Same again)
Broken Costume Jewellery.
Faulty electrical items: lamps, toasters, hair dryers etc
That’s all for your first day. You should have a plastic bag full of items that are absolutely no use to anyone, no sentimental or monetary value and your home is probably safer too !. You also have more room in your cupboards and they are tidier.
Next time I’ll talk about the things which can tug at the heart strings a lot more ie books, clothes, greetings cards etc.
Hint : Next time you’re out shopping buy some different sized boxes in pretty colours, build a small collection, they will be lifesavers!
Do you find it difficult to throw things away?