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De-clutter your house like an A-Lister

Whether you want to make your home more presentable in advance of a sale or you want to create more room at home, you will find that de-cluttering your home is crucial. This can make your life easier, make your home more attractive and it can save time, money and a lot of hassle in the long run. If you want to de-clutter your house like an A-lister, this guide is the ideal thing for you.

Have a system in place

There are many different systems you can choose when de-cluttering your home and the one that is right for you may not be right for someone else. For simplicity, all you need is three boxes or units:

  • Keep
  • Place into storage
  • Sell or get rid of

Some people may want to break the sell or get rid of unit down into sell, dispose of or give to charity and again, this is an area of personal choice. However, you need to make sure that you review each room in the house (preferably one a time) and make a decision on every single item.

There will often be a need to be ruthless but consider this; if you are moving to a new home, do you really want to take a particular item with you? If yes and you will use the item, keep it. If no, then discard it. You need to think about your items logically and remove some of the emotion of certain items if you can.

Once you have a system in place and you are making choices between keep, store or discard, everything else falls into place or is a variation of the process. Depending on how much time you have, you may have more time to evaluate an item or judge whether it will offer you value in the long term.

When it comes to clothes, simple questions to ask yourself include:

  • Do I still fit into the clothing?
  • Is the clothing still in good condition?
  • Have I worn the item in the last 6 months?
  • Am I likely to wear it in the next 6 months?

If you can answer yes to all of these questions, you should keep the item but if you answer no to one question, you need to consider whether you keep the item or not. If you say no to three or four of these questions, the items of clothing should be discarded.

This sort of approach can work for anything in your home. If you still have CDs or DVDs at home, ask yourself some questions:

  • Does the CD/DVD still work?
  • Have I listened to the CD/watched the DVD in the past 6 months?
  • Am I likely to listen to the CD/watch the DVD in the next 6 months?

Again, if you answer yes to the questions, they can stay but if you are answering no to these questions, you should dispose of the items.

Some people put in mechanism into place regarding what they keep or what they dispose of. If you need an incentive to dispose of items, reward yourself with something nice if you can successfully de-clutter certain rooms or remove certain items from your home. Some people need an incentive and it may be that if you fail to clear your home of certain items in a certain time, you need to make a charitable donation or pay money to someone. If you are following this approach, it makes sense to involve someone else so they can keep tabs on you.

If you can get to work and be honest with yourself, you’ll find that you can de-clutter like an A-lister.