It’s that time of year again — the time for spring cleaning and decluttering. While you may have done a lot of this throughout the various stages of lockdown this year (or you might be doing it now if you’re based in Melbourne), taking some time throughout the month to mindfully declutter your space will leave your home feeling light and breezy ahead of the warm summer months.
The beauty of the decluttering tips here is that you don’t need to turn the house upside down in one day. Be gentle with yourself and tackle one room, or maybe even one cupboard at a time. The key here is to keep items organised between sell, donate and rubbish so you can do what you need to do with everything at the end of the month. Below we’ve outlined some of the things you might consider.
Kitchen tidy up
Start with your pantry and fridge and get rid of any food that’s past its expiry date. While you’re at it, check your freezer too and dispose of anything that’s been stored in there for too long (a few months is usually a good maximum). Next, and if you don’t have one already, group together all odds and ends such as batteries, spare lightbulbs, garbage bags and food wraps.
Many of us are opting for reusable shopping bags for the supermarket which means you can quickly end up with a big collection in your kitchen and car. Add that to your pile of handbags, backpacks, travel bags, overnight bags and beach bags, and you may have more bags than there are days in a month! If you’d like to declutter your bags, gather each item you’ve collected and place the items where you can see everything. Keep only what you love and use all the time.
The wardrobe is one of the most common places to start with decluttering. If it’s been a while since you reviewed everything stored in your wardrobe, take out all of your items and decide what needs to go. You may do this in categories such as pants, coats, dresses, shorts and shoes if you don’t want to review your whole wardrobe in one day.
How many products have accumulated in your bathroom cupboards? There’s probably some you haven’t used for a very long time. Go through your bathroom and dispose of products that are expired and decide what you want to do with products you rarely use.
Decluttering doesn’t have to be a daunting task that takes up an entire weekend, unless, of course, you’re under a time crunch for a move! Take your time as you declutter your home, so you’re mindful with what you keep and let go. You may not get rid of as many things as you expected, but you may end up appreciating the items in your home a lot more as a result of this process.
Remember, this article does not constitute financial or legal advice. Please consult your professional financial and legal advisors before making any decisions for yourself.