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How To Declutter Your Flat

How to declutter your flat

For most people, even the most untidy ones among us, clutter isn’t the most pleasant thing to be surrounded by. If you’ve downsized to a smaller living space, for example, from a house to a flat, or to a one bed apartment instead of a two bed apartment, you might find that there’s a lot less space and a lot more clutter.

Plenty of room is a great thing to have and it’s something that, with a careful bit of planning and time, doesn’t have to be quite as unachievable as it seems. If you’re wondering how to declutter your flat, here are a few good pointers.

Don’t do it all at once!

Clutter, when it’s in several rooms, can feel totally overwhelming when you think about it all at once. So, give yourself the challenge of doing one room at a time, such as the kitchen, bedroom, or living room, this will seem much more achievable.

Be tough!

Ask yourself questions such as ‘do I need/ want this?’ and ‘have I used this in the last six/12 months?’ ‘am I likely to realistically use this again?’ – if the answer to any of these is no, then it’s time to declutter. Being hard on yourself and moving stuff on that you just won’t use is by far the best way to declutter. If you’re renting a flat for the first time, it’s a great idea to start with only the stuff you really need as clutter has a habit of building up over time.

Have different destinations

Different destinations for your clutter doesn’t have to mean simply putting it in a different room, that’s only putting off the problem to another time. Instead, once you’ve worked out what you don’t want or need, have different destinations for it all – for example, try the following eight ways to sort your clutter:

  • Charity shop pile
  • Donate to friends pile
  • Take to the tip pile
  • Put in the bin pile
  • Put into storage pile
  • Recycling pile
  • Put back where it’s supposed to be pile
  • Items for repair pile

Once your clutter has been sorted in this way, then there’s every chance that you’ll find the stuff that’s left is dramatically less and gives you the space you need.

Where to start

So, you’ve decided on the room you’ll start decluttering and you’ve worked out the different destinations for your clutter, where do you start? First off, try and create a fairly tidy space to declutter in – so, make your bed (if you’re doing your bedroom, for example) and put away the more obvious things – the more space you have to sort things, the better.

Then, if there’s lots of storage areas (otherwise known as clutter magnets), such as drawers, cabinets, shelves, wardrobes, etc, tackle them one at a time. It might seem like a small step, but before long, you’ll see that the little things add up to make for a much more decluttered flat.

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