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Tips on how to declutter your home

A new year often brings along the motivation to make changes in one’s lifestyle, buy a new house, start a new hobby, join a class or getting rid of clutter. Imagine you visit a friend and his sitting room is filled with old newspaper clippings, books. Imagine your friend had to push some clothes off the chair so you can seat.  Now, pretend you have to jump over boxes to get to the door when leaving your friend’s house. How would that make you feel? Keeping unnecessary items overtime builds to a large heap of clutter which swallows the living space.

Decluttering involves getting rid of these unnecessary items in your home.  Decluttering itself may seem impossible hence the tips below are provided to assist you in the process of freeing up your space this new year.

PLAN

The saying if you don’t plan to succeed then you plan to fail is very true in the decluttering process. Don’t just dive into the clutter immediately but plan first. The major key to planning is that it gives you a roadmap of the decluttering process from start to finish.

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It is not necessarily just any section of your living room, kitchen, or bedroom that might need a declutter but every messy area like computer table, kitchen cupboards, kitchen counter and others.  After identifying clutter and drawing a plan of decluttering then you can begin to implement the plan.

DECIDE

After drawing up a plan, the next thing you need to do is decide which items are you throwing in the trash, donating to people or selling. In your decision, you need to be objective and decide what items you need or want.  Throw away old magazines, newspaper, expired food or damaged appliances.  Donate all those items that you don’t need anymore it may be useful for someone else.  Sell items that are still in good shape from the comfort of your house you can post the item on social media for sale and make money. What better motivation to declutter than having more naira in your pocket.

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DON’T RUSH

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The saying slow and steady wins the race is very true in the decluttering process. Don’t try to complete a whole house declutter in one day. You would become tired and frustrated because the clutter was not built in one day therefore decluttering is not a one-day affair instead invest a few hours on one space in a day which in turn will reduce the clutter bit by bit.

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FINISH THE TARGET

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Don’t pack the clutter to a box and leave it in the house. Sell, donate or throw the clutter in the trash. Ensure you follow through every day with decluttering your living space.

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Procrastination will soon fill your decluttered house with unnecessary items. If you cannot objectively decide which to sell, donate or throw away then get a friend or family member to assist you. Gradually you will free up your living space by following the tips above. Remember to share your decluttering stories!

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