Decluttering is an attractive proposition for many homeowners but none that isn’t without its own set of challenges. Overcoming these obstacles takes a bit of creative thinking and perhaps a little outside help when things get truly overwhelming.
Decluttering is growing in popularity as the minimalist lifestyle choice begins to appeal to a higher number of people. Bolstered by Internet personalities and a growing desire for creating order out of chaos, decluttering offers several benefits that homeowners today are starting to recognise.
The reason for wanting to declutter can vary. Many people get frustrated with the difficulties presented by the clutter that had accumulated. They want to simplify their lives (and regain space) by selling off or disposing of what they no longer need or want. Some homeowners may have become hoarders over the years and need to part with their excess possessions to truly break free from the habit.
Still, others are planning a major home makeover and are hoping to dispatch furniture and other items that no longer belong or wish to adopt a more organised approach to their everyday living. Whatever the case may be, decluttering can provide a sense of control to homeowners who have lived through the disorder. However, several challenges remain in the way toward effective decluttering.
What to Dispatch
Part of the difficulty of sorting through the accumulated clutter is that many of the items there are still either in use or have sentimental value to the homeowners. It can be challenging for homeowners to know where to start, especially given the volume of clutter they’ve encountered over the years.
One good method to the ball rolling when it comes to decluttering is to find 12 items to keep, another 12 to dispatch, and another 12 to donate or sell. Identifying whether an item is still useful or valuable in some way can also help determine whether it should be retained. As a general rule, an item that doesn’t generate any sentiment or use should be parted with.
Another challenge faced by those decluttering their homes is finding time to sort through the clutter. Being systematic is the key to making short work of a moderate amount of clutter within the home. Working in one room at a time can give homeowners a sense of progress as they clear out what used to be a disorganised mess.
For truly massive amounts of clutter, however, merely dedicating a weekend for the job may not be enough — especially when part of that is huge and bulky furniture pieces. House clearance and clutter removal services can help residents in Bromley and other parts of the UK deal with the large volume of clutter that has accumulated in a home over several decades.
Taking Care of the Junk
Once the decluttering over, there comes the question of dealing with the things that have been dispatched. Whether a home’s contents are being emptied because of renovations or decluttering, its contents—some of which are in excellent condition—would need to go somewhere. For many people, it’s a waste just to let them rot in the landfill.
One person’s trash is another’s treasure, so the saying goes. One way to make the most of the refuse is to have it sold to interested individuals. Perfectly good furniture and other items can be donated to charity thrift stores or sold to those looking for things in good condition that they can reuse or upcycle. Meanwhile, anything that has become unusable could be recycled.