Never feel that you have to hold onto something you don’t want to.
Trust your gut instinct and you’ll feel more empowered! This is the main rule when looking to downsize, minimise and de-clutter your home.
Some will tell you to be ruthless, others will encourage you to keep items only of sentimental or enduring personal value, but we've got our own set of de-clutter rules.
1. Set a time frame
Set yourself a realistic timeframe and break the job up into bite-sized pieces. When looking to get rid of clutter, start with one room or cupboard at a time.
2. Get social
Women tend to clutter their home with clothes and accessories. Fortunately, your trash could be another woman's treasure! Put a date in the diary to host an annual fashion show (we know you all saw the Sex and the City movie - so, like that!) and get a second opinion on what you should take or toss! Furthermore, if your friends spot anything they like, you can give it to them - and, who knows, maybe they'll let you wear it again if you really want to!
3. Go to the library
More of a book worm? Get into the habit of visiting the library or swapping books with friends to save precious shelf space.
4. Look in your pantry
A lot of us keep old spices and food products that are way out of date, just because we fail to look in the dark depths of our pantries and fridges. You may also stumble across some in-date food you can put to use!
5. Don't throw it away - donate it
If you have a lot of things, think twice before just throwing it in the bin or taking it to the tip. Donate it to charity!
Then when you’re done? Set aside 15 minutes per day to keep the clutter under control so hopefully you don’t need to tackle it again.