How to de-clutter your home in 2016

By : Nick Marr

What better time to de-clutter your home than at the start of a brand new year? It’s the perfect opportunity to sort through your belongings and decide what you want to keep, recycle, bin or store, so check out these tips to make the whole process straightforward.

Hire a personal storage unit

Sometimes, it can be difficult to let go of things, particularly if they have sentimental value. The good news is, even if your home is badly in need of a clean-up, you don’t have to say goodbye to your much-loved property forever. With personal storage units readily available from the likes of RSS Heathrow, you’ll be able to keep things safe and sound at a specially designed CCTV controlled site while simultaneously freeing up room at your property.

Tackle one room at a time

If you’re knee deep in bits and bobs and can’t get from the kitchen to the living room without tripping over something on the floor, you might be wondering where to start with this whole de-cluttering business. It can seem like one big challenging ordeal, but the best way to approach a sort out is to tackle each room at a time. This will make the job a lot more manageable and means if you get tired and want a break, your whole house won’t be in disarray.

Don’t just throw things away

While it might be easy to put anything you don’t want in a black bin bag and throw it away, this is not the most environmentally way to de-clutter as many items can be recycled. Everything from paper to bottles and glass jars can be taken to local recycling facilities and charity shops are always looking for quality second hand goods which they can sell to make money for good causes. So, while you’re de-cluttering it’s advisable to have two different bags/piles – one for rubbish and one for items that can be used again.

Make money from unwanted goods

If you’re not recycling or binning items, you might be able to make money by selling them online via sites like eBay. Simply take photos of your belongings and create a private seller listing and you’ll hopefully attract several interested buyers. Another way of shifting your unwanted things is to have a garage or car boot sale. Keep the prices low and you should find people snap up your goods quickly helping to clear room in your property.

Invest in decent storage solutions

De-cluttering isn’t just about getting rid of your goods. In fact, you might find you don’t want to let go of much at all. If this is the case, be sure to invest in some clever storage solutions which will help keep everything you own neat and tidy. Many furniture designs have hidden storage options these days and you can get hold of stackable boxes which have a large storage capacity but don’t take up much floor space.

A neat, tidy home is good for the mind and soul, so follow the above tips and have a thorough de-clutter in 2016.