The seemingly-inevitable result of a busy week; clutter can take over so quickly it almost feels normal. However, although the mess might seem like the natural product of a jam-packed schedule, studies show that a cluttered home can have negative effects on our productivity and work ethic, beyond the time wasted stepping over dirty laundry and dealing with days-old washing up. Here at Hoover, we care about your personal space, that’s why we’ve compiled a few effective tips on managing, reducing and eventually saying goodbye to clutter in your home:
The first logical step is to consider the situation, look at what you need to do and set yourself some targets. Consider how much value certain things hold; do you really need all of your old school books? It’s important to avoid getting caught up in convincing yourself to keep items that can be easily replaced; if it’s less than £10 to replace and easily sourced, is it worth keeping just in case? Once you start answering these questions, you can begin your path to a decluttered home!
- Eat the frog
A common method for organisation, often associated with professional time management, eating the frog, is great for tasks both at work and at home. By analysing your home and making plans to remove the larger items first, you’ll not only have surplus room for tacking the smaller tasks afterwards, it’ll make the rest seem easier too.
- Four boxes method
The four boxes method is a tried-and-tested formula for dealing with a cluttered home, providing an easy rationale to your approach. Simply grab 4 large boxes and allocate an outcome for each; one for things you will throw out, one for things you will donate, one for items you will put into storage, and the last for items that need a new place in the home. Dealing with clutter in this way keeps it organised and avoids making even more mess along the way.
- Storage solutions
Of course, there will be many items you do want to keep, some of which don’t have a defined place to live. Now consider what you need to make the most of your space; shelving, under-bed storage and drawer organisers are a good starting point. Perfect for saving floorspace in your hallway or washing room, both the Discovery and Freedom cordless sticks come with a wall mount for added organisation.
Don’t let sentimental value be your downfall. In the age of streaming and cloud connectivity, there’s no harm in reducing some clutter that can be easily digitized. Consider how much your CDs and DVDs add to your home aesthetically, and how much they take away organisationally. Burn any unneeded DVDs and CDs onto your hard drive or straight onto an online storage cloud or look into what you can stream without them, saving space for the essentials.
We hope these ideas will help you take care of your spring cleaning and if you’ve got any top decluttering tips, we’d love to hear them. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more home advice, recipe inspiration and innovative product updates.