By Sharne Kuper of My Organised Home
How do I get started organising and de-cluttering my home?
For me when I work with a client de-cluttering is always the first step on the road to organising a space. It is not until we define what the space is to be used for and what we want out of that space that we can work out what to keep and the best and most efficient way to organise our belongings within that space.
De-cluttering must also be done before you go out and buy any organising materials. Do not spend money on these things until you know what you need to organise and the space you have to use. After all, buying storage materials is really the easiest part of organising your home and often serves as a distraction from the real task at hand.
Leave buying these items until the end.
Start by choosing a room or a space in your home to work on. We need to work on achievable sections of our home. Ones that can be completed in the time we can devote to them without other distractions. If you only have a couple of hours then choose something like your medicine cabinet or linen closet. This way you can finish the job and feel the elation that goes with having achieved and completed something. If you cannot de-clutter and organise in the same day then de-clutter first and next time organise the space. This is not such a bad thing as it gives you time to think about what should be kept where. The benefit of a well-organised space is that it should be easy for you and any other members of your family to maintain.
There are many questions that we need to ask ourselves as we move through the de-cluttering stage of organising our homes. We want to fill our homes with things that we love and use and do away with the unused, the broken and those things that do not bring joy.
Be realistic with yourself and ask the following questions to help you decide what is to stay and what needs to go:
Do I use/wear this regularly? When was the last time I used/wore this? Will I use/wear this NOW?
Is it something that I LOVE? Does owning it make me FEEL GOOD?
Do I have MULTIPLES of the same thing?
Is the only reason I am keeping this because it was EXPENSIVE?
Could something else I own do the SAME JOB?
Am I keeping this because I feel OBLIGED to?
Do I have the SPACE to keep this?
Am I saving it JUST-IN-CASE?
If I were out shopping TODAY would I buy this?
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“Sharne is a Sydney based Professional Organiser. After spending most of her career in fashion she has found her calling in helping people reclaim their space and simplify their lives. “I love doing what I do and seeing what a difference it can make in peoples lives is very rewarding”