It’s hard to keep an immaculate home when you’ve got the little ones running wild and their belongings piling up in every nook and cranny. Add in a lounging dog into the mix and you’ll undoubtedly feel that you are fighting a losing battle, especially after a long, hard day at work.
But never fear, there are some clever ways to declutter your home, and keep it free so that you and your family have more space to enjoy your lovely home and it’s much easier to keep on top of the whirlwind that is family life.
Don’t go it alone. Often parents try to tackle decluttering solo, but that’s doomed to fail. Before long, a carefully planned system will be out of the window because nobody is that invested to sticking to it. If you get everyone involved, including the kids, you can tackle the mammoth job together and teach the children the importance of having a clean and tidy, organised home to live in. If they learn as they go, they’ll be into the pattern of putting their toys away after them in no time, and your sense of satisfaction will be soaring. They might also grow to appreciate the effort required to tidy up before they set to making a big mess.
Take your time to do it right. Don’t try to tackle the whole house at once, as it’ll only create a mess that’ll leave you stressed out and exhausted. Move through the house one room at a time and clear out each room thoroughly, it’s better to get through everything slowly and properly than rush it all in one day and you can use the other rooms as temporary storage posts if you need to get everything out of a room.
Create a new hiding space. You aren’t always going to be able to get rid of everything that you don’t need in the house. There are always going to be those sentimental trinkets or old toys that the kids just aren’t ready to let go of just yet, that you’d like to keep around. So what to with them? Hide them out of sight! Add extra shelving to wardrobe space for storage, or invest in a divan bed base that you can easily lift up and access inside, whilst storing everything out of sight. These little spaces will be worth their weight in gold.
Fill up a recycling bag. If you’re strapped for time or not ready to take on the mammoth task of clearing out the entire house, an easy way to get started is to walk through your rooms and fill up a recycling bag full of shoes, clothing or home textiles that you simply don’t need anymore and get rid of it to a good cause. Plenty of charities, including Against Breast Cancer, offer plastic bags to fill and even collect your goods for free directly from your door, so there’s not even any effort required in getting to your nearest charity shop!
Change your perspective. It’s hard to give an honest assessment of a house you live in every day. Try to get a different view if you can. Sometimes it helps to see your rooms in a photograph, for example, or maybe you’ve got a trusted friend or colleague that could give you an honest appraisal of what you need to get rid of. Get this right and it’ll be liberating and the key to helping you see the clutter problems that need to be addressed.