So, you need your spare room back. Perhaps you have been using it as a storage room, but now you have a baby on the way and you need to turn it in to a nursery? Or maybe you want to turn it into something useful such as an office or a bedroom.
But, what are you going to do with everything? This is a room full of belongings that you need to clear and you simply don’t have space anywhere else. Well then, what better opportunity to de-clutter!
Here are 5 tips and tricks for de-cluttering that will help you clear your spare room in no time:
1. Take your time
This is a big task, so take your time. If you try to do it quickly or within one day, it won’t be done properly. You’re likely to become frustrated and therefore less efficient the longer you are doing it for.
Take a few days and tackle the task for a couple of hours each day – choose a starting point and work round from there, that way you always know where you are!
2. You must be ruthless
Have you tried to de-clutter before and discover a few hours later all you have done is look at everything and put it back, perhaps slightly neater, but without actually getting rid of anything?
You need to be determined to have a clear out or you will never get your spare room back. You have probably forgotten about more than half the stuff in there – and if this is the case, you don’t need it.
3. Organize everything into four piles
Pile One is for the rubbish that doesn’t belong anywhere except for the bin, Pile Two is for those items that can be donated to charity and Pile Three is for the items that you are going to sell. You could hold a car boot or put these items on eBay, the perfect way to earn some extras pennies to put back into your home.
Finally, Pile Four is for the items that you don’t want to throw away but simply don’t have space for – this could include a bed, desk, chairs, and chest of drawers. These items can be put into a storage unit – such as the ones at Ready Steady – meaning you can clear a large amount of your belongings, creating extra space, but without having to throw anything away.
4. Do it alone
You may have heard the saying ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’ and it’s true – this may be a mammoth task but if too many people try to do it, it won’t be done very well. That is why it is better to do it on your own. You can always make Pile Five for the items you need to double check with your child or partner.
5. Finish the process
Once you have organized your belongings into the four or five piles, complete the next part of the task straight away. Take the items you are donating to a charity shop, put the rubbish straight in the bin, organize a storage unit then fill it and so on.
If you put the second half of the task off, you may have your belongings in organized piles, but they are still cluttering up your spare rooms! You’ve already done the hard part so make sure you didn’t waste your time.