Decluttering Your Home with Johnson’s
You may know the scenario all too well, as many of us do. The moment you set foot inside your home is when you’re met with clutter. The utensils are spilling out of the kitchen drawers, and the dining room’s full of storage boxes. The spare room is a glorified storage unit, and the garage is piled with containers and old cardboard boxes.
It’s time to take out the trash and declutter your house or apartment. There are plenty of ways to make more space at home. Make sure you keep an inventory of your possessions to ensure you’re not keeping unused items. Johnson’s Removals helps hundreds of customers declutter their homes every year, and we thought it would be a good idea to put together some of our top tips for decluttering.
Our Top 5 Decluttering Tips –
This blog certainly can’t provide you with every tip, just the ones we think will help the most. Some are common sense and will save you time and effort. Others might give you an ‘aha’ moment that you’ll be glad you now know. Let’s face it – decluttering isn’t that fun, so anything to make it a bit easier is worthy of passing on.
Setting a deadline is the first point that we believe will make the most significant impact. We’re not saying rush this part of the process. Go at your own pace and take other things into account, like work duties and family time. However, we are suggesting you give yourself a clear start and finish. This will help you plan your schedule around tidying.
One that might be a new consideration is to use a home inventory app. People usually only use them when moving, but it makes sense to have an active inventory. If you don’t think it’s worth cataloguing – why keep it? These apps are also great if you need to rent a self storage unit or you’re updating an insurance policy. You can send your inventory to your broker directly.
Then it’s a case of sharing the duties and being fearless when it comes to keeping or getting rid of items. Setting goals will provide you with targets to focus on and a set deadline to complete. This adds a sense of achievement and you’re able to plot progress. Let’s start by making some timing commitments and setting initial deadlines.
Set a Deadline and Stick to it –
Yes, this might sound trite but setting a deadline can help to drive progress. Give yourself no more than one week to start and complete the decluttering job if you want instant results. This will save lots of wasted hours of procrastination, and you’ll witness your achievements in real-time, with no waiting around to get things done.
The only problem is that applying this length of time is often a bit unrealistic. We lead busy lives, and most of us will be unable to drop everything. It would be great to have a week to concentrate on decluttering without worrying about anything else. But we’re going to suggest spreading this over three or four weeks because that’s more sensible.
Regardless of what you choose – stick to it and don’t fall into bad habits by putting things off again. Work out the exact number of days you’re giving yourself to complete the decluttering task. Mark them off and note progress as you go. And you’ll move closer to your result with every duty you complete.
Download a Home Inventory App –
Typically, you’ll most likely come across and use a home inventory app when moving. Although it’s wise to do so when preparing for storage as well. That’s because you can save every item from knowing where they are. Home inventory apps allow you to create folders with notes and references, including images for everything you save.
In this instance, we suggest you make an inventory for everything when you choose what stays and the things that will go. The purpose is only to keep the things you’re happy to list. So, download one now and start getting used to its features. You can click here to read up on the best home inventory apps and what device they work on.
You can also categorise all your items and save them into a folder using a room for reference. It’s the perfect solution for insurance submissions and claims, and there are plenty of free apps available. You can update it and repurpose it if you’re moving or renting a self storage unit. A good home inventory app can save you lots of time when you need to locate an item.
All Hands-on Deck – Get Everyone Involved –
When you share a job, it saves time and can help to make a menial task more fun. Invite some friends over, rope the extended family in, and do the work in half the time. You’ll also be able to work from a social angle by providing some grub and refreshments. And possibly have a few sundowners when the main slog is over.
If you’re organising before a move, you’ll have to think of ways to involve the family in the relocation, and this means decluttering and packing as well. It won’t be an easy sell, but try and appeal to the concept of working towards a goal. That might mean getting rid of old things to make room for new ones in the home. Similarly, this works whether you’re moving or not – you’ll have to think of ways to connect the task with everyone’s interests.
You can even have some fun and make a game of it, which is specifically handy if you have younger children. Allocate prizes for the person who declutters the most and have some participation goodies. Also, we suggest planning each room before you arrive if you’re moving. Do this with photos or video when viewing and get them to think about decorating.
Set Room Goals and Create a Plan of Action –
The first thing you’ll need to work out is what the reason for decluttering your home is? Maybe you wanted to use the spare room for guests, and the car should be in the garage, not on the drive. It’s a good idea to remember this when you’re in the middle of container-wars in your loft. Have a plan ready for each room to help keep focus.
You can line this up with your deadlines and then plot out what room to tackle for a specific day or week. It will help if you work out when you’re likely to have no distractions, so when no one’s using them. This will avoid any conflicts with family members, and you won’t have any undue stress. Some people rent a self storage unit before they embark on this exercise because it creates more space.
This is also about your mindset and leading with the ethos of doing something positive every day (when your schedule allows it). Even a small action will push you forwards, and you’ll also avoid missing anything. Once you have everything in order, the main thing to remember is to set aside time each month to reorganise and tidy.
Take no clutter prisoners: Use It, Sell It, Give It Away –
Our decluttering advice is to avoid the temptation of putting little ‘maybe’ piles to the side. Be brave, be bold, and be prepared to get rid. If you’re guilty of being a hoarder, then it’s a good idea to get someone to help you maintain your clutter due diligence. It’s a common issue for people to regress into their old, cluttered ways soon after getting on top of things.
There’s no need to make decluttering overly complicated. Use, sell it or give it away. If you’re adamant that your power drill you haven’t used in over a year will be utilised, then keep it. The only rule here is to make sure it still works and that it’s stored in a proper case. If you’re determined to keep both of those blenders, then you’re probably hoarding, so make sure your trusted anti-hoarding friend is on-hand.
If you can make some money while you declutter, then you’re winning. Sites like eBay and Gumtree are an easy way to check if something is valuable and sells. You can also sell items at second-hand dealers or high-street shops, but you may lose some of the potential profit.
It’s better to give something away if you aren’t using it. Many charities specialise in selling second-hand goods at affordable prices. If you look online, you’ll also find many upcycling companies that repurpose old items. These collectives and businesses take donations and give packages to people on low incomes. By giving your unused items away, you’ll be contributing to your community as well as creating more space at home. Everybody wins.
Create More Space at Home with Johnson’s Removals –
Johnson’s provides removals and storage for hundreds of people in Dorset every year. The main advantage of decluttering your home is to create more living space. Who knows, you might want to convert your spare room into a home office or study. The car can go back to the garage, or you can use the extra space as a utility room.
We offer container storage if you want to store your items on a long-term basis. Johnson’s offers a collection service which will arrive at your house. Furthermore, we inventory and tag all your items as we load for ease of reference. Self storage is ideal for people who need regular access to their possessions or for short-term periods.
Storage is an excellent way to create more space at home when decluttering. If you rent a storage unit with us, you will be able to store an entire room’s worth of items into a small unit. Comparatively, Johnson’s storage rates are the best on the market, which makes it easy for anyone to afford.
It’s time to discuss ways to reduce the clutter in your house and make a fresh start. Click here, and we’ll assess your requirements, including a free quote.