• Sarah

How To Declutter Your Home Quickly and Effectively

Clutter forms in the home when one room, or more, becomes filled with a collection of things and left in an untidy state.

This often happens in spaces that aren't lived in, such as the garage or loft, because homeowners tend to use these areas for storage as they are out of sight, but clutter can creep into other rooms too; particularly when the space in these 'storage' areas start to run out.

Clutter can have a huge negative impact on your life as well as being an eyesore and a nuisance, which is why decluttering is essential to a happy home and a clear mind.

The ultimate aim of decluttering is to get rid of as much as you can to free up space, and to organise whatever is left so the room looks neat and tidy.

We've already explored all of the benefits of decluttering your home but the task itself can be daunting and it’s difficult to know where to start and how to do it effectively.

Start by assessing each room

First, you will need to decide which rooms in your house require a declutter; hence, identifying which rooms are cluttered.

This might be quite clear to you which means you can dive straight in. But it can sometimes be hard to take an objective view of your home when you are used to living amongst the clutter, so it may be advantageous to ask for the honest opinion of a friend or family member who doesn’t live with you and can help identify the room, or rooms, that need decluttering.

Tackle one room at a time

If there are multiple rooms in your home that need decluttering then it's best to take on one room at a time rather than overwhelm yourself with the hefty task of getting every room done in one day.

It's always best to start with the smaller tasks, i.e. the room with the least amount of mess, before you tackle the larger ones.

The advantage of doing this is that it makes it far easier to overcome the first hurdle of decluttering which is finding the motivation to get started.

Often, when faced with a mammoth task, the sheer volume of it can make it seem impossible or overwhelming; therefore, we avoid doing it at all.

However, if you break the overall task (decluttering your home) into lots of smaller tasks (declutter the loft, declutter the garage, declutter the spare bedroom) and start with the easiest one (the room with the least amount of clutter/mess), then it doesn’t seem quite as much of a challenge.

Create a sorting system

To get started on the actual decluttering, you will need to organise everything into different piles so that you can work out what you are and are not keeping.

At a minimum, you should have a pile for the things that you are keeping but need to find a place for in the home, a pile for the things that you are keeping but want to store elsewhere, and the things that you no longer need/want/use.

You may then go a step further and have a pile for things that you are selling, a pile for the things you are giving to friends/family, a pile for the things you are donating and another for things that need to be thrown away or recycled.

This sorting system will enable you to clear out the room before you move onto the next part which is tidying and organising the remaining items.

Be brutal

When it comes to making these piles, and these decisions, this can often be the toughest part for many people.

Clutter is usually a result of hoarding and holding onto things that you don't actually need or use but can't bring yourself to let go of - and this is the part that you need to overcome in order to successfully declutter.

Marie Kondo famously uses the 'Spark Joy' technique to help people declutter their homes. The idea behind this is to ask yourself whether an item brings you any joy or makes you feel happy when you see it.

If not, then it's time to let the item go because it is clearly not of importance to you.

There are some issues with this method. For example, students won't be sparked with joy when they see their school books but that doesn't mean they should get rid of them, and your uniform for work won’t necessarily make you feel happy but that would have to stay too.

The 'Spark Joy' technique only works with the items that you do not need or use in your day to day life and should be implemented into your decision making along with the following:

  • Think back to the last time the item was used and if it was over six months ago then you probably don’t need it

  • Check to see if the item is still in good condition and fit for purpose; otherwise it has got to go

  • Consider whether the item is the same, or similar to, something else you own and if you don’t need two of the same thing then one of them can go

Decluttering and organising your home becomes a lot easier when you take a brutal approach and are open to getting rid of anything that no longer serves a purpose in your life. You can hold onto things of sentimental value, such as photos and journals, but it can be easy to fool yourself into thinking that everything has a story or purpose when, in actuality, it's sitting idly in your home.

You know you have done a good job of decluttering when you have filled an entire bin bag, or a couple of boxes with items that you are willing to sell, gift, donate or throw away.

Get organised

Once you have established what is staying and what can go, you will then need to organise the things that you are keeping and find a place for it all.

Make use of all the space in the room - can you add shelving to the walls to display some photos or books? Can you keep your out of season clothes under your bed? - or find an aesthetically pleasing way to store your belongings, such as purchasing a storage ottoman or a nice chest of drawers, rather than keeping things in cardboard boxes or in piles around the room.

Even a room that is filled to the brim with things can go from being cluttered to tidy simply by presenting it in a more 'put together' way.

Some good examples of this is when people colour block their wardrobes so articles of clothing that are the same colour are hung or folded together, or when items in kitchen cupboards are categorised, labelled and lined up neatly.

Invest in a self-storage unit

If you find yourself with one remaining pile of items containing the things that you want to keep but don't need, or have space for, in your home, then you would benefit from investing in a self-storage unit.

At Gorilla Self Storage, we have brand new, 20ft containers that would make the perfect new home for those belongings.

Our highly secure site is closely monitored 24 hours a day by CCTV cameras and a manned security gatehouse so you can keep your items safely locked away with complete peace of mind.

We also provide drive-up access to every self storage container to make loading and unloading far easier, and you can come and go as many times as you please at any time of day.

For more information on our self storage unit, call us today on 01902 638 219 or email