Discover the art of decluttering

When it comes to decluttering, less is definitely more. It may seem like a chore at first, but getting rid of some of the clutter in your life can actually make you feel as peaceful and rested as a few days at a spa!

However, it does take a bit of discipline and a willingness to ‘lighten’ in everyday life. Fewer things equal more order, more space, more time and more energy, both physical and mental, to spend on the things that really matter. It is actually more of a lifestyle approach, focusing on minimalism and freedom from consumerism, as opposed to a one-off clear out which then has to be repeated once the clutter builds up again.

So how to get started? First pick one space; a desk, a drawer or even just a bag. Empty the contents onto a table and divide them into piles – one of useful things, one of things which are useless but still need to be kept (there will always be some of these!) and one of things to get rid of. If you’re not sure if it’s something you can part with, ask yourself if you have used it in the past 12 months and if the answer is no, out it goes!

Tidy away the things you are keeping and then recycle as many of the other things as you can. Try selling on Facebook’s martketplace, eBay or Gumtree or even sign up to websites like The Freecycle Network where you can pass your unwanted items on to others who live locally. Charity shops are also great for getting rid of excess clutter and you will be doing your bit to raise money for charity along the way.

Use this approach one area at a time and soon you will be living in a beautifully decluttered environment. And if you come up against something that feels way too daunting like the garage or loft, why not enlist the help of a friend, put on some tunes and have a laugh as you declutter? You can always offer to return the favour and help them get some of their decluttering done too.