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7 steps to declutter your home


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Living in a city apartment usually means less liveable space which makes it necessary to use every square foot judiciously. This is why it is important to organise and avoid clutter.

I pride myself as being an organised person and my house is always ready to welcome guests without the need for exhausting last minute cleaning most grumble about when unexpected visitors drop in. But recently, when we undertook painting and renovation work, the kitchen and loft revealed just how many things we had accumulated intending for future use. The process of decluttering which began in the kitchen continued its way through all the rooms and at the end of three days of junking and donating, my husband and I could not believe just how many things, which we had collected over the years, had been totally forgotten and were occupying valuable space.

So let’s look at the list of things we can do away with:
1. Begin with appliances which you may have kept for possible repair but have managed without for more than six months

2. Check the expiry dates on processed foods and neatly empty them into labelled bottles all that you keep

3. Donate mismatching cutlery, mugs, extra utensils or wooden spoons you have no use for

4. Get rid of sachets and sauces, ketchups and seasonings we receive with takeout food

5. Give away clothes you’ve been meaning to wear but have not got round to wearing for almost a year. Instead, let someone else enjoy them

6. Old blankets, cushion covers, bedsheets, extra throw pillows and curtains can all be made into a neat pile to donate

7. If you’re no longer reading physical books or magazines, give them to someone who still appreciates these or to a school or college library

Once we’ve decided to declutter, it gets simpler getting rid of things. It’s not an easy task, nor can it be accomplished in a day but starting in the kitchen, according to me, sets the mood for the rest of the house. Decluttering at your own pace will give you the time and space you need to keep your home tidy and filled with only those things you need and love to make your home cozy and inviting.

© Parizad Trikannad

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