5 ways to successfully declutter your home

Decluttering is an exercise that we all have wade through from time to time, as most of us don’t have rooms and rooms of excess space! Even the ones that do will end up having to declutter, I bet you! We designed a marketplace (we also have an app) to help people declutter freely, but to know what to declutter we've created some tips :).

Compartmentalise. Make it manageable. Very often the thought of decluttering seems so daunting that many of us will delay, delay, and once more delay again. If, though, you break up your decluttering ambition into manageable, bitesized chunks, you’re a lot more likely to succeed. In the case of your wardrobe you may want to have a ‘shirt day’ or a ‘dress day’, slowly navigating through the rest of your wardrobe and unwanted items over time.

Screen your wardrobe. Run through your clothes, piece by piece. Question yourself on every item of clothing as to when they were last worn, and how many times they were worn over the previous 12 months (if possible!). This will give you a pile of clothes that have been seldom worn. It is now up to your discipline and ruthlessness to decide what stays and what goes. This can of course be applied to other areas of the house, including the kitchen, the play area or the living room.

Is this a familiar sight? :)

Another angle to take is to line up items shortlisted for decluttering and ask yourself a simple, but effective question. How much would you pay for this item now? Asking yourself this question will highlight how important this item is to you now. Was it part of a fleeting fad that you regretfully partook in? A hobby that you never had the time or motivation to commit to? Or is there a newer, better version out there that you want so much more? If you answer is yes to any of the above (or some other questions you think of!), then your decluttering pile will start to grow...

We all love a good game, so why not inject a gamey challenge into the dreaded decluttering mission? You could, for example, give away one item per week. This will keep your clutter in check, and at the same time give you that warm fuzzy feeling that many of us crave, the one we get when by carry out a good deed.

Whatever approach you choose to adopt, you may still want to give yourself some sort of a choice. For every pile, ask yourself do you want to: give it away, throw it away (where not suitable to give away - please recycle!), put into storage, or keep it.

Gively is an online marketplace where users can give and request items for free. Our aim is to make giving mainstream, and to save millions of items from landfill.

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