Part 1: Declutter your home and get on top of your storage needs

This is the first part in our two-part series about decluttering your home and making the most of the space created by your loft conversion or home extension. First, we’ll give you 10 creative ideas that you can use to declutter your home to make it even more spacious and liveable, and in the second part we’ll discuss all things storage!

So, you’ve finally converted your loft or extended your home to make it more spacious and liveable. The only problem is that you now have all of this extra space that has the potential to be filled with useless junk and you’re worried that space will soon be an issue again! Leading an uncluttered life is an art and it has many benefits. Fewer possessions equates to:

  • less to organise;
  • less stress;
  • more energy for your greatest passions;
  • and the big one – less to clean!

Joshua Becker is an expert on living a minimalist life. He posits 10 creative ways you can declutter your home and make the most out of the new space that has been created by your recent loft conversion or home extension.

  1.  Devote five solid minutes to the decluttering process. It doesn’t seem like a lot, but often homeowners become so overwhelmed by the thought of decluttering that they forget to start. Spend five minutes clearing a counter, filing or pulling everything out of a drawer. Breaking the process into bite-sized tasks like this is a great way to get you into the right mindset.
  2. The Four-Box Method. Place every item in every room into one of four boxes labelled trash, give away, keep and relocate. Some rooms could take an hour, others could take weeks, but the principles remain the same!
  3. Fill a trash bag. The whole family can get involved in this one. You can even turn it into a game! Give the kids a bag each and see who can fill a trash bag in the least amount of time with trash and/or items to give to charity.
  4. Offload an item a day. Do you have a wardrobe full of clothes that haven’t fit you since you were in senior school? The thought of getting rid of items that have sentimental value can be daunting, so Becker suggests chipping into your wardrobe one piece at a time.
  5. Try the Closet Hanger Experiment. This experiment, made famous by Oprah Winfrey, involves hanging all your clothes up with the hangers in the reverse direction. After you wear an item, return it to the closet with the hanger facing in the reverse direction. After six months, you’ll have a pretty good idea of what you’re actually wearing and what’s just collecting dust and can therefore be binned or donated. This experiment can also be applied to other items like toys and games.
  6. Play with numbers. Challenge yourself to only wear 20 items of clothing for a month or read one book a month out of your extensive collection, for example. Doing this will help you to realise how many of your belongings you actually need and stop you from spending money on additional belongings.
  7. Make a list of areas in your home that need decluttering. Start with the easiest area then, once you’ve finished, stop and move onto the next easiest area. You can make this list as simple of as complex as your itinerary allows, including everything from single drawers or shelves to entire living spaces.
  8. Take the 12-12-12 challenge. The kids can also get involved in this one. Get them to find 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate and 12 items to be returned to their proper home. This is a fun way to quickly organise 36 items in your house!
  9. Be imaginative. Use your imagination to help you get rid of items that you might be having trouble saying goodbye to. Ask yourself how much you would pay for the item if you saw it in a shop today, for example.
  10. See your home in a new light. Use your home in a different way to change your perspective on it and uncover some areas that need work. Your home might seem fine now, but if your boss was to come over for a meeting, would it still be acceptable? What about if you hosted a dinner party or had to show a stranger around your house – would you still be happy with its current state or are there areas that could be more organised?

Once you’ve reduced the number of unnecessary items in your home, each room and living space will become bigger and you will have more room to fill spaces with things that you need or items that fuel your passions. And, you’ll be able to properly enjoy the new space created by your recent loft conversion or home extension without the fear that it will turn into yet another storage room that’s off-limits to visitors.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this series, in which we’ll pick one of our resident Design Consultant’s brains and give you some great solutions for all of your storage needs.

For more information about making the most of the space in your home by converting your loft or extending your home, contact us!

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