Living with unnecessary things drains your energy and robs you of storage space. Sorting it out, on the other hand, can be exhilarating. So as we enter 2021, here we are again, many of us working from home, kids online schooling, zero social life after 6pm for the foreseeable future, and contemplating what home improvement projects we can get on with.
But now we’re over the sourdough making, what’s next? We’ve done a lot more ‘living’ in our homes, this past year, and for some of us, displacement shopping has also become the new going out, with regular deliveries of wanted, but often ultimately unnecessary items arriving through the door.
We just don’t have space for everything. Here are some quick ideas to help you get on top of decluttering in 2021.
The 30-day challenge
This is one for the whole family. Put aside one thing to declutter on the first day, two on the second, three on the third, and so on, until on the 30th day you have over 400 items you no longer want.
The 15 fling
Take a rubbish bag, set a your phone timer for five minutes, and go around the room and fill it with 15 things you no longer need.
Tote bag tidy up
Hang a freebie tote bag on every door handle and when you find something in that room you longer need, drop it into the bag. When it’s full, drop it off at the charity shop.
But what to do with all the clothes and accessories?
Tackle the chairdrobe first. Put away everything you can and put dirty clothes in the laundry basket. An easy win to spur you on.
Work out what you want to archive and store, give to Redress, and what you can sell on Vestiaire. But don’t let good intentions turn into another form of procrastination. Are you really going to photograph, list, and pack the item yourself? Sometimes it is better to just get PAKT.