Decluttering Tips

allsorters … home sorting, downsizing and decluttering specialists for senior adults in their third age (and their families, loved ones and representatives)

Start with a Simple Plan and then get decluttering …

  • Keep it simple
  • Attack it room by room (start somewhere easy)
  • Ensure clear access, e.g. declutter hallways first
  • Sort by –
    • Functional (items in use)
    • Favourites (must haves)
    • Farewells (what you can let go – sell, give, donate, toss)
  • Be disciplined – have you used/worn it recently, does it fit, will you wear/use again?
  • Get your storage options organised, i.e. when decluttering a bedroom, organise the wardrobe/s first, then you have space for all your clothes cluttered around the room
  • Do you have sufficient storage?
  • Remember you don’t have to do it all at once, just bit by bit

Identify why the clutter has happened …

  • Demanding lifestyle or job?
  • Have you been ill?
  • Can you no longer manage your home?
  • Many people have clutter because they have poor storage options or have items in the wrong place
  • Ensure you’re using your storage options effectively, e.g. are your cupboards and drawers full of items you no longer use?
  • Understand that the more “stuff” you have, the more time it takes to organise and the harder it may be to find what you want
  • Look at how you live, what you use every day – organise your stuff accordingly (it may change over time)
  • These days, lots of us have too much stuff – we’re a consumer society, everywhere we look we’re being sold something
  • Often the longer we have lived, the more we accumulate
  • It’s not rocket science, but it takes application and discipline and new habits

Embrace donating and passing on items in good condition to others

  • I find that giving always makes me smile and releases stress
  • If there’s a local fete or fundraiser coming up in your local community, check out what they need
  • If charity don’t want it, try giving away on gumtree or freecycle
  • See if your area has a Pay It Forward Group (facebook)
  • Be aware that rubbish removal is costly, so take advantage of any free hard rubbish collections via your council.  Sadly, charities have a huge annual rubbish removal expense due to dumping …

The one and only key to being organised … “Everything has a place and is returned to its place after use”

  • If you have a designated place for everything in your home, it is easy to do a quick tidy up (as it takes the “thinking” out of being organised)
  • It will still take discipline and time, but it becomes an easier process/habit
  • When shopping, get into the habit of assessing where you will store the item before buying it!