Declutter Like a Pro: Easy Tips to Transform Your Space

Last Updated: June 13, 2024By

Declutter Like a Pro: Easy Tips to Transform Your Space

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Start Fresh: See Your Home with New Eyes

Hey there! Ever walked around your house pretending it’s your first time there or you’re a potential buyer? Try it! Jenn Jordan, a home organization whiz from Yorkshire, swears by this trick. Your home will practically scream what it needs. Or make it fun: see how many items you can toss in 10 minutes. It’s like a decluttering game show!

Make Space for Space

Got a small apartment? Caroline Solomon, a lifestyle guru from New York, says small spaces amplify clutter. Tough love time: let your space dictate your stuff. One-bedroom flat? Don’t pack it to the brim.

Wardrobe Overhaul: Let’s Get Real

Dilly Carter, a pro organizer, suggests this radical move: empty your wardrobe. Yep, all of it. Pile similar items together—shirts with shirts, jeans with jeans. Now, ask yourself: do you really need 20 pairs of jeans? Probably not. Only keep what fits, what you love, and what you have room for. Stash away winter clothes in vacuum packs. Organize what’s left from heavy to light, left to right.

Give Old Clothes a New Life

Got clothes to spare? Donate them! Charities like Oxfam, BHF, and Save the Children will even send you a postage label. For work clothes, try Smart Works, helping unemployed women nail job interviews. In London, Traid will pick up large donations from your home. Check out Collection4Clothes for nationwide pick-ups.

Stray Socks: Time to Say Goodbye

Got lone socks lurking around? Gather them all and ditch them at your nearest textile recycling spot. Then, treat yourself to a sock organizer. Trust me, it’s life-changing.

Handbags and Shoes: Organize Like a Stylist

Erica Davies, stylist extraordinaire, says know what you’ve got before planning storage. Use canvas boxes for bags and velvet hangers for clothes to save space. Regularly clear out what you’re not wearing and either resell or donate. Visibility is key—if you can see it, you’ll wear it!

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Beauty Products: Simplify and Shine

Observer beauty guru Funmi Fetto recommends multitaskers. Products like Jones Road’s Miracle Balm can work as a bronzer, highlighter, and more. Retinol like Ole Henriksen’s Double Rewind does wonders for your skin. Multipurpose products save money, time, and space.

Big Stuff Be Gone

Got a rusty ironing board or a spare mattress you never use? Time to purge. Check if your local council offers community skip schemes. It’s like a block party, but for getting rid of junk.

Tackle One Room at a Time

Feeling overwhelmed? Tackle one room at a time, starting from the top and working your way down. Don’t forget those overlooked spots like skirting boards and light fixtures.

Clean Your Cleaning Gear

Even your cleaning tools need cleaning! Caroline Solomon reminds us to wash microfibers and deodorize washing machines with baking soda. Run a vinegar cycle in your dishwasher and clean the filter with a toothbrush.

Organize Cleaning Supplies

Benji Lewis, an interior designer, suggests a portable task basket for your cleaning products. Having everything in one place makes cleaning so much easier.

Get Kids Involved in Decluttering

Psychotherapist Kate Ibbotson says to involve kids in decluttering their toys. Show them it’s okay to let go of old things to make room for new ones. Always ask their permission before getting rid of their stuff to build trust.

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Home Organization: Keep It Simple

It’s not about hacks, but sustainable systems. Designate spots for everyday items like keys and wallets. It’s just as easy to hang a coat as to toss it on the floor.

Display Kids’ Art

Don’t shove your kids’ crafts into a box. Create a mini-gallery for everyone to enjoy. At the end of the month, decide what to keep and what to let go.

Shoe Storage Hack

Keep frequently used shoes by the door and store the rest elsewhere. Simple, right?

Expiry Dates Matter

Funmi Fetto emphasizes checking expiration dates on makeup. Old products can lose efficacy or even cause infections. Toss anything past its prime.

Ditch Dud Pens and Pencils

When was the last time you sharpened a pencil? Go through old pens and pencils, bin the useless ones, and refresh the rest.

Cash in on Old Books

Apps like Ziffit let you scan barcodes for cash offers. It’s so satisfying to turn clutter into money!

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Clean Your Keyboard

Your keyboard is probably gross. Use a toothbrush dipped in a half-vinegar, half-water solution to scrub between the keys. You’ll thank me later.

One In, One Out

Caroline Solomon suggests a strict “one in, one out” policy for your wardrobe. Got new jeans? Out with the old ones. It keeps your space manageable.

Regift Unwanted Cosmetics

Got beauty products you don’t use? Re-gift them or donate to charities like Beauty Banks. Just make sure they’re in good condition.

Sell Old Clothes Online

Resell items on eBay, Facebook Marketplace, or Vinted. It’s free to list, and buyers cover shipping. For designer pieces, try Reluxefashion.com.

Refresh Towels

Old towels can harbor bacteria. Recycle threadbare ones at textile banks. For softer towels, add white vinegar to your washing machine’s tray.

Declutter Kitchen Gadgets

Do you really use that slow cooker? How about the waffle maker? Get rid of gadgets you rarely use and enjoy the extra space.

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Functional Cupboards

Declutter before buying new storage containers. Keep spices near the hob and teabags by the kettle. Make your cupboards work for you.

Joyful Larder

Organize your larder by type. Use clear containers for pasta and stackable crates for spices. Seeing what you have makes cooking more enjoyable.

Display Jewelry

Make jewelry storage a feature. Use glass boxes or colorful trays to display pieces, making them easier to see and dust. Donate unwanted items to charity.

Clean Your Cleaning Products

Keep cleaning products organized in a portable basket. It’s half the battle to know everything you need is in one place.

Get Kids Involved

Involve kids in decluttering their toys. It teaches them to let go of old things and makes room for new ones. Plus, it builds trust when you ask their permission before tossing anything.

Bedroom Feng Shui

Avoid storing emotionally charged items under the bed. Stick to linens and simple items.

Kitchen Cleaning Tips

Degrease your cooker hood’s mesh screens in soapy water. Descale your kettle with boiling vinegar. Simple hacks keep your kitchen sparkling.

Clean with Eco-Friendly Products

Use multipurpose cleaners and eco-friendly alternatives. Ingredients like vinegar and baking soda are magic for cleaning.

Magic Erasers

Magic erasers clean everything from crayon marks to grass stains. But be gentle—they’re as abrasive as fine sandpaper.

Let Go of Unwanted Gifts

Don’t feel guilty about letting go of unwanted gifts. The gesture matters more than the item itself.

Fridge Maintenance

Defrosted the fridge? Clean the fan and coils on the back to keep it running efficiently.

Use the Pomodoro Technique

Set a timer for 25 minutes to focus on a task, then take a break. It’s a great way to stay productive and make cleaning more enjoyable.

Final Touches

Rotate and air your mattress. Use an old toothbrush to clean between your keyboard keys. Fill a mug with boiling water and washing powder to shine tea-stained spoons. Descale your kettle and shower head with vinegar. These little things make a big difference.

And there you have it! Decluttering doesn’t have to be overwhelming. With these tips, you’ll have a tidy, organized space in no time. Happy cleaning!

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