IF you ever come home after work and feel edgy, rushed, tired, then perhaps you need to take a look around.
If your shelves are overflowing and you can’t open the kitchen drawers, you might need a declutter. If you ever wonder why a hotel room looks calm and relaxing – take a look at the surfaces in the bedroom and the bathroom – it’s clutter free!
Spring is the perfect time to tidy up and clear out, but the idea of it can be a little daunting. Simply Self Storage expert, Jon Wilson, has some tips on helping you declutter, room by room.
A place of tranquility and relaxation, your bedroom should be the last place to feel disorganised. You start and end each day in your bedroom, so make it as clutter-free as possible. Keep surfaces clear, apart from a few lamps or pictures. Store clothing or possessions that you know you will want again, or you can’t bear to part with!
Kitchen countertops can be a haven for photographs, small appliances and storage jars. Try to not have more than five items on display in the kitchen – and make sure the five you keep are items you want to look at. If you have large piles of paperwork, either shred them or file them.
Countertops, shelves and drawers – the worst offenders in the bathroom. Be brave and empty everything out; sort into like items – hair care, body care, etc. Keep the items you use every week and throw away or give away the rest.
Get the most out of your relaxation space by having more space! Think carefully about if you need photographs from your favourite holiday in the ’90s, or that lamp that your granny left you. Storing rarely used items can free up space for family games and big groups of friends to relax
If in doubt put it in the garage – if this is your mantra, it’s time to think again! Will you ever use those bikes again? Suitcases, boxes of photographs or memorabilia, and seasonal sports equipment could all be put into storage to leave your garage feeling less cluttered – and even perhaps room for a car!
Spring cleaning tips
1. Before you begin, get together three bags, and label them ‘GIVE AWAY’, ‘KEEP/STORE’ or ‘THROW AWAY’.
2. Start small – a drawer or shelf will give you a good start without the task feeling overwhelming.
3. Act now – clutter never disappears on its own.
4. Use an one in-one out system – if you buy a new short or piece of furniture, something else ahs to move out.
5. Make your home work for you – the Christmas tree is of no use for 11 months of the year, so doesn’t need to be kept in your house.
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