Now that we’re well into 2017 (and guilty of seeing the smug return of some of our bad habits from 2016), it’s probably time to evaluate what’s holding up your productivity levels – and chances are that a cluttered home is somewhere in the picture. So what better time than now to conquer the clutter and get organized? With this sentiment in mind, Savoir Flair reached out to Helping, Dubai’s leading home-services platform, for its expert tips on how to truly embrace and implement an out-with-the-old, in-with-the-new mantra for the year ahead.
Set a decluttering goal.
“Decluttering can turn into just another big mess if you don’t organize your tasks properly before you begin. Set specific goals, start by making a list of the rooms you want to organize, and clean them out one at a time. Give each room a rating based on how much clutter there is and then decide how long you need to spend cleaning each space up. It’s best to work in two-hour decluttering increments as any more time than this will make you frustrated.”
Ease into the process.
“Tackling the easy stuff first will give you the courage and motivation to organize the most challenging rooms in your home. Our tip here is to start with the kitchen, getting rid of all those old plastic containers as well as ketchup and mayonnaise sachets. Throwing away old food and rusted pots and pans is much easier than throwing away precious clothing.”
Understand how much garbage you have.
“The easiest way to get rid of the clutter in your house is to start filling up trash bags. Open up your drawers and start filling trash bags with all the rubbish you have accumulated over time. Get rid of anything that is broken, outdated (such as chargers and remotes), and old (such as keys). You’ll quickly see how many useless things you’ve acquired. Throw away all the bags immediately so you can feel the relief and the free space and charge forward!”
“Perform your good deed of the day and declutter your home at the same time by making it a point to give away an item a day. Donate your old clothes, scarves, shoes, toys, books, and linens to charity. You can even set yourself the target of giving away one thing for each new item you buy.”
Be decisive about throwing away anything you are unsure about.
“Oprah Winfrey has a useful tip to help you decide what clothing items you need to discard and what you need to keep. The trick is to hang all your clothes with the hangers facing in one direction. After you wear an item, hang it back up in the reverse direction. After a couple of weeks, you will know what items you can throw away and what should be retained by looking for the hangers that are still in the same starting position. The same trick can be used to clean out various other things in your home such as toys and linens.”
Box it up for a deep decluttering.
“Once you begin the process of decluttering, you will realize that having a sorting system helps quicken the process. Place four boxes in each room you go into and label them “Trash”, “Donate”, “Keep”, and “Relocate”. Every item in the room should be placed into one of these four boxes, and nothing should be ignored. Though this might be time-consuming, it will ensure that all the clutter is dealt with in an effective manner.”