Here Are Five Tips For Decluttering Your Family Home
Want to have a good clear-out at home? We have five tips for easy spring decluttering
Blossom is on the trees, spring flowers are peeking up and the nights are getting lighter. Spring is officially here!
While the idea of a traditional spring clean might also seem unnecessary and outdated in the age of centrally-heated houses, cordless vacuums and modern cleaning products, when you have a family it can often feel like you’re constantly drowning in an overwhelming tidal wave of stuff.
To help your house, we're suggesting ideas to help you have a spring de-clutter instead.
This post is all about tips for a tidier and clutter-free house that will make your environment calmer and help you feel more relaxed. And it can help your children, too - there’s evidence that little ones play more creatively when there are less toys in view.
Here are five easy tips for decluttering for your family home
These tips are for the whole family, not just one of you. Remember, it’s the responsibility of every member!
1. Clueless? Consult the decluttering experts
If you're not sure where to start when it comes to decluttering. a whole world of inspiration has sprung up over the past few years.
Marie Kondo is the queen of decluttering and tidying, and has published two books on the subject and has a TV series about her Kon-Mari method. She advises de-cluttering by type of item instead of room-by-room, and only keeping things that 'spark joy.'
2. Get the children involved in the process
We know it can be very hard for your family to keep a house as tidy as you like when you have small children. It seems like you tidy up, and your child follow you, un-tidying everything, in a never-ending circle of doom.
However, it can help to get them involved in helping you tidy (and it might make them more mindful of making a mess!). Have a designated space for all their things, so they know that when they come home from school the shoes go in the box and coats are hung up.
Ask their opinion on what to keep, and what to get rid of.
3. Once you've decluttered, do it regularly
Children seem to come with a lot of extra items, don't they? However, it is much easier to keep on top of everything when there are less things to keep on top of.
After you've sorted through everything initially, make a date for a regular sort out of their wardrobe and toys. Sell or donate those items they don't use any more. Take a bag into their room to get rid of any rubbish every time you go in, and get rid of anything that's broken.
4. Invest in storage
Having decent storage, especially for small things like toys, will make it easier to tidy everything away at the end of the day when you want to relax post-bedtime with no mess. For children, toy boxes and bags will keep everything out of sight – try IKEA, Argos and Tiger for cheap but colourful storage solutions.
5. Make a plan to actually get rid of everything you've earmarked to go out
We know there's nothing worse than sorting a big pile of clothes for the charity shop and then having them sit in your boot for weeks. Pick a date to make trips to donate everything, or arrange to have it picked up.