Your biggest decluttering tip

(33 Posts)
1AngelicFruitCake Fri 19-Aug-16 21:03:51

What's your biggest decluttering tip that helped you actually do something about the clutter?
(If possible try to avoid 'Just do it' and 'Hire a skip'!)

CremeEggThief Fri 19-Aug-16 21:06:48

Think before you buy and if you do buy, follow a one in, one out policy.
Also, keep in mind decluttering is an ongoing process. You don't just decluttering once and never do it again. What's right now, might not be in a year.

wowfudge Fri 19-Aug-16 21:07:35

Do it regularly - whether it's a weekly cull of paperwork, monthly go through cupboards or annual wardrobe sort out.

horizontilting Fri 19-Aug-16 21:09:41

Kondo ;)

timelytess Fri 19-Aug-16 21:10:36

Keep at it. The more you do, the more you find you are willing to part with.

Bobochic Fri 19-Aug-16 21:11:21

Use up all your FMCGs before buying new ones.

TheOddity Fri 19-Aug-16 21:12:10

Don't have kids!

HerdsOfWilderbeest Fri 19-Aug-16 21:12:48

Stand over the bin with your post.

GreatPointIAgreeWithYouTotally Fri 19-Aug-16 21:14:14

If you're thinking about whether to throw it out

THROW IT OUT

MumsFlouncingOnASummerHoliday Fri 19-Aug-16 21:18:12

Don't try to tackle the whole problem in a day. Clutter doesn't really build in a day it accumulates over time.

Choose a high frequency area in your house i.e. dumping ground (kitchen side/ hall table etc) set timer for 15 minutes and see how far you can get in clearing it. Plan how you'll prevent that area cluttering again i.e. as previous poster handle post over bin.

Repeat on a daily basis and over a few months your home should be looking good, keep at it.

SavoyCabbage Fri 19-Aug-16 21:26:00

Don't t keep things that make your life more complicated. If you have to move a dish every time you ne d to open the microwave door, think whether you need that dish.

Don't keep things from the past or save things for the future that spoil the present. My best friend is a hoarder. She takes her pre teen son around garage sales every Saturday as she is collecting a certain pattern of china for when he gets married. In the mean time he is having a rubbish Saturday every week of his life. He also can't put anything in his wardrobe as it is taken over with baby toys and clothes.

Sosidges Fri 19-Aug-16 21:53:33

Great big boxes are my weapon of choice. Lack of time, is most people's enemy. So when you decide to declutter put whatever you are tackling in a great big box. Clean the area it came from and veryslowly and gradually put things back.

Take your time, stop when you get bored. You will be amazed at how long things will stay on the box before you need them. Eventually you will find that you are using much less stuff and can throw away what is Still in the box.

Emptyandscared Fri 19-Aug-16 23:31:35

Kondo smile

Everydayaschoolday Fri 19-Aug-16 23:35:35

And I third: Kondo grin

wobblywonderwoman Fri 19-Aug-16 23:36:26

I have spent a out two years decluttering (not literally but slowly but surely)

Its totally worth it.

Don't but stuff - today I nearly bought tanning products and stopped myself. No more until what I have has been used.

Keep a bag somewhere accessible that you can chuck stuff in for the charity shop.

Photograph paperwork then shred

You only need a few spare towels etc donate the rest

Make memory books and dump out old cards

GreenHen Sat 20-Aug-16 13:58:23

Photograph sentimental items that you don't really want to keep but you (or children) are struggling to let go of e.g. children's artwork.

Scan as much paperwork as possible (and keep on top of that).

Enjoy it - don't force yourself to do too much in one session. When you feel yourself getting overwhelmed - stop, tidy up and deal with what you have already sorted.

Have a charity shop/sell box/bag/drawer on the go all the time - decluttering doesn't really end, it just becomes much easier and a habit.

If you find yourself getting frustrated by other people's clutter try and re-focus on your own (if you still have some to do!).

If children are struggling to let go have a six month holding box where you can hold stuff for 6 months...and if they don't ask for it...

When you are about to buy something question whether you really want/need it - imagine it in a few months time...

Sammysquiz Sat 20-Aug-16 19:00:14

She takes her pre teen son around garage sales every Saturday as she is collecting a certain pattern of china for when he gets married

There's going to be an AIBU written about that by her future DIL in years to come smile

ImperialBlether Sat 20-Aug-16 19:04:34

She takes her pre teen son around garage sales every Saturday as she is collecting a certain pattern of china for when he gets married

What would your friend say if you asked her, "What if he and his wife (in twenty years time, ffs) want to choose their own china?"

tribpot Sat 20-Aug-16 19:11:00

Blimey. Even if he started out quite liking the china pattern (does any teen give a toss about china patterns?) he's going to hate it by the time he's sacrificed his free time to the bloody stuff for years. That's going to get mysteriously 'broken' in a house move, I guarantee it.

ImperialBlether Sat 20-Aug-16 19:31:34

I'm just trying to imagine my son's face if I told him we were going out to buy his wedding china when he wasn't even in his teens.

Can we know the pattern, OP? Maybe we could contribute!

GoldFishFingerz Sat 20-Aug-16 20:23:21

Kondo

Be ruthless

1AngelicFruitCake Sun 21-Aug-16 07:51:31

I also read that post about the mum collecting for her son like this shock I actually find that really selfish as its all about her.

Thanks for all your tips! It's been really helpful reading all your ideas. I'm a reformed hoarder (or nearly!) and I'm finding the two things that have made a difference to me are

Keeping a simple decluttering log of what I've got rid of. This has spurred me on as I want to add to my list so I can feel I've accomplished something.

Visualising what I'll do with the space but being really specific so picking out paint I'll use when redecorating, imagining the books I'll read in a particular chair in the space.

Sooverthis Sun 21-Aug-16 08:01:53

I use OHIO, only handle it once. Nothing gets put down everything gets put away, binned placed in correct place to be dealt with. I also do a drawer, box, cupboard, shelf everyday. Everything out, clean put back only what you want or need. My car however seems to be a blind spot it looks like a mobile rubbish bin no idea why I can't keep it clean not even vaguely presentable hmm

thatone Sun 21-Aug-16 08:18:45

Lots of good suggestions on this thread - agree with all the Marie Kondo suggestions - she has a great philosophy.

I find it very overwhelming all in one go so I sort into categories while decluttering IYSWIM. So, piles of things to keep, deal with later and take to tip/charity shop. The 'keep' things get put away immediately and the 'deal with later' things will be in a box and I do usually decide quite quickly whether to keep or discard. I keep charity things in a bag by the front door so that whenever anyone goes out they can drop them off.

mortgagefreesoon5 Sun 21-Aug-16 14:37:45

Set yourself a limited amount of time to declutter, for instance 15 min, ( i use a timer) and choose an area, can be a room, the ground floor, or a draw. In those 15 min and get rid of as much clutter as you can.
The stuff for charity goes straight in the car so I can drop it off at the first opportunity

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