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  • How To Declutter Your Home

    According to a recent anthropological study into the contemporary home, “we are living in the most materially rich society in global history, with light-years more possessions per average family than any preceding society.”


    The extensive study found that, on average, each family in the UK now owns 39 pairs of shoes, 90 DVDs, 139 toys, 212 CDs, and 438 books and magazines. They also found that 75% of families keep so much stuff in their garage that there’s no room left for their cars!


    There seem to be several psychological reasons. For example, people often keep precious possessions that carry sentimental meaning, so find it difficult to let them go. However, collecting so many things to the point where your home or workspace becomes so disorderly and unmanageable that it starts to affect your life and state of mind – that’s when something needs to change.



    • First, organise how you’re going to declutter your home or workspace – this may sound daunting, but decluttering isn’t easy and requires time, energy and motivation.


    • Ease yourself in by taking on one small section of a room at a time, then schedule decluttering sessions (15 minutes a day, for example) and increase this when you feel like picking up the pace.


    • Use the four-box method, categorising items that you don’t need as either ‘throw away’, ‘sell’, ‘donate’ or ‘recycle’ – this will speed up your decision-making and sort your clutter swiftly.




    There will be times when you just can’t decide what to do with an item. Don’t waste too much time deliberating over one thing – instead, create a ‘maybe’ box for stuff you don’t use right now, but think you may in the future. Store the ‘maybe’ box away so that it’s out of sight, remind yourself to look in the box after a few months, and if you still think you don’t need any of the items you can then throw out the whole box.

    Try not to let guilt or obligation make you hold onto things. There are ways you can still keep your precious memories while clearing out material objects at the same time. For example, take photos with gifts that mean something to you. Similarly, if your workspace is cluttered with important paperwork, scan them into your computer to create electronic copies for your peace of mind.



    As well as different approaches to organisation, consider cutting off the calamity of clutter at the source. The ‘one in, one out’ rule is a popular method for preventing unwarranted accumulation of stuff: whenever you purchase something, dispose of a comparable or equivalent object. It’s simple and super effective.

    It’s also important to talk to your family about making changes in the house and get them on board so you can decide how to declutter together. Let each family member organise their own clutter, e.g. children and their toys, adults and their paperwork, teenagers and their clothes, etc. Everyone is different and may like their possessions organised in unique ways, so it’s a good way of sharing home decluttering duties.

    To help you clear some of that domestic flotsam and jetsam and bring simplicity to your space, we’ve created a handy infographic to explore the perils of clutter at home and at work:



    Of course, having the right furniture is fundamental to a clutter-free home. From versatile tables of all shapes and sizes to innovative storage solutions, we can help you find stylish answers to the problems of the everyday.

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