It's the perfect time of year to declutter your home
PUBLISHED: 17:28 02 January 2013 | UPDATED: 22:36 20 February 2013
If you're in a quandary as to where all those Christmas presents and New Year sale bargains are going to fit, it's time for a declutter WORDS BY LESLEY SPELLMAN
How to start decluttering? Choose a room, drawer, wardrobe and stick to it. Dont get waylaid putting stuff back into other rooms until the end.
If you dont use something regularly, need it sometimes or love it all the time, its time to question whether it should stay.
Know beforehand where you can offload the things you choose to lose. Choose a charity shop you feel passionate about and know how your local recycling centre works. If you plan to sell, use an Ebay seller or ensure you have the tools and time to do it yourself.
Tackle visible clutter first on surfaces or the floor to give yourself space to work.
Use different coloured bags for different things so you dont get confused. Maybe blue for charity, green for recycling, clear for family and friends etc.
Plan to offload everything on the day you declutter. That way theres no chance of it reappearing. However you envisage your newly decluttered space, keep that firmly in your mind all day long to keep your motivation high.
Dont buy storage until you have fully decluttered and are ready to organise. That way you can get exactly what you need.
Choose a system that works with your lifestyle. Be realistic and dont micro-organise.
If you really cant see yourself ever getting there alone, call in a professional. The website www.apdo-uk.co.uk offers a list of declutterers working in your area.
Dont let guilt get the better of you. If you are never in a million years going to use or wear that Christmas present, take it back, sell it or re-gift it. Someone else will love it!
Just one last little Clutter Fairy tip next year, tackle the decluttering before Christmas it really does make a massive difference! n
Lesley Spellman, aka The Clutter Fairy, is a professional lifestyle declutterer. For more information visit www.clutterfairy.co.uk