29 January 2016

5 Top Tips for Decluttering Your Home (WIN a £100 John Lewis Voucher)

Decluttering can significantly lower your stress levels and with the arrival of a new year there is no better time to tackle the overflowing toy boxes and cupboards. You may even want a good detox yourself after the festive feasts - I know I do!

Generally I have a big clear out and clean up on New Years Eve but this time I decided to raise a few pennies in the process, rather than just taking things to the tip. Hopefully my suggestions can help to make you a few £ which you could put towards something exciting for the family during 2016, like I intend.





  • Add duplicate Christmas gifts or items you no longer want on local 'for sale' boards and forums. You won't need to worry about listing fees or postage as the buyer can collect directly from you. 
  • If you have lots of larger items like furniture or garden equipment to sell then you might want to arrange a garage sale. Post a few flyers or pop up signs and let the neighbours come to you. 
  • Sell any clothes that no longer fit to friends and family. They will pick up a bargain and top up their wardrobes for next season while you make a few pounds.
  • Children's items generally sell very well on eBay. I've set up an account and I have quite a few bits with bids on at the moment already.
  • Go through your movie collection and get rid of any films you are no longer interested in keeping. This will free up shelves for books and ornaments that need somewhere to go and provide more room elsewhere.

You may also want to invest in some new storage units to create even more space or look at purchasing Everest Window's Bi-fold doors as light can make rooms appear far larger than they are. These impressively fit from ceiling to floor and I can imagine they are perfect for the summer months in particular when entertaining guests in the garden, having BBQs with family or watching the children play on the patio too. Either way, reducing clutter and keeping your home tidy can be really beneficial to your mental health so schedule in some cleaning time this month.
You could make some money from it too.




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555 comments :

  1. Put your summer clothes in a box under your bed. When summer comes just put winter in the box. You will see what clothes you have without crowding your wardrobe.

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  2. Schedule a decluttering weekend and get your kids/family involved too. The more hands pitching in, the better. Get boxes and bin bags ready, and plan a trip to a charity to drop off donated items. You might not get your entire house decluttered during one weekend, but you’ll probably make great progress.

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  3. Do it often so that it doesnt get too much!

    AShleigh

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  4. i put aside toys/clothes/books and if they are not used in 6 months i give them to charity

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  5. To encourage my son to declutter I have always promised him the money from a car boot sale. So once a year we have a big clearout and do a huge car boot sale. Since he was young he has always enjoyed doing that and it's a great way to get them to part with unwanted toys. Anything left then goes to the charity shop.

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  6. Do it quite regularly so it doesn't get to cluttered in the first place. I got big boxes in the loft to keep things like my craft stuff in so it don't get to cluttered in the house. I do the children's bedroom when they not at home as the tend to take everything out of the "to go" bags again

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  7. I'm going to schedule a day where I do as much decluttering as possible hubby is off next week so it will be the ideal time.

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  8. Keep on top of it, don't let it all build up

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  9. My best tip is the one year rule, have you not touched/needed/used something for a year? Flog it!

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  10. Set time aside to de clutter one room at a time & work out what you are going to keep, what you can donate & what you need to throw away

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  11. one room at a time,use clear perspex storage boxes,throw out/donate any items/clothing not used/worn in 3 months x

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  12. Don't keep any unnecessary clutter, it it's not being used, get rid :)

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  13. Try to do some decluttering/sorting each day. Even 5 minutes can make a difference

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  14. Don't keep stuff just for the sake of it. If it isn't useful or you don't use it, chuck it or recycle it. :)

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  15. Write a big list of what needs doing and clearing out and then do a little each day.

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  16. Be ruthless, do a room at a time and if you can sell the stuff even better.

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  17. Put things in the loft for a year and if you don't miss them in that time, get rid of them.

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  18. Be ruthless and leave sentimentality at the door ;)

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  19. I love a good clear out I always feel so clever after it :)
    I only keep things that I know is going to get used
    Any other things I wont use I either hand in to charity or sell them :)
    I keep my things organised in storage boxes :)

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  20. Regularly have a clear out - take the good stuff to charity shops, and the junk to the recycling centre

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  21. things you have not used in the past year need to be thrown (My rule!!!!)

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  22. Take all the unwanted things to a charity shop.

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  23. Follow my husband around - he's such a hoarder. Although he's been doing really well lately with the garage - I feel so cleansed! thanks georgina.jacobs@blueyonder.co.uk

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  24. doing a little bit of cleaning, organising and decluttering each day, so it doesn't feel overwhelming. Plus it will help you stay on top of things, if you do a little everyday :)

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  25. Use files to get documents separated and do a big shred of old documents once a month

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  26. If you don't need it or use it give it away of chuck it

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  27. Lots and lots of plastic crates (we live in a small flat) :D

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  28. Don't try to do too much at once, little and often is best otherwise it can be overwhelming, set aside a couple of hours once a week and maybe fill a black bin bag with things you don't need or use anymore x

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  29. Always have a charity box on the go to get rid of books, DVD's, clothes etc x

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  30. Swop unwanted items with friends, what you no longer want or need is often loved by someone else and vice versa.

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  31. Turn your hangers the wrong way round and as you wear each item of clothing turn it's hanger back round. After a few months you will be able to clearly see what you don't wear and can get rid of.

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  32. One room at a time (the dining room is where I'm starting this year). Have a bag for rubbish, a box for recycling and sort everything into piles.
    But DON'T try and do it all at once, you'll burn out and then not want to continue.

    Hannah
    smeethsaysfashion.com

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  33. My wife doesn't allow clutter from the start with a "Don't put it down, put it away" attitude. Anything new bought has to replace something else!

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  34. Every month I go round with a bag for charity and see what is no use, not wanted, not played with, doesn't fit etc. One month I can't donate something but the next for some reason I can!

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  35. I just focus on one room at a time when I need to de clutter so that it isn't too overwhelming...and then check through all things that don't have a home to see if I've used it in the last 12 months.

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  36. Five or ten minutes at a time. Take out black bags to the car and take straight to the charity shop to drop off your stuff. Never look back!

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  37. Do a drawer a week and don't keep things you don't use over a year.

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  38. do a declutter once a month i have one box throw and once charity shop

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  39. Declutter one room at a time and have boxes/bins to separate rubbish and items to be donated. Be mindful of your future purchases to avoid more clutter.

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  40. Remember that the clutter built up over time and it will take time to clear so don't get discouraged. Start with a small task - a drawer or a cupboard - and get more ambitious as you get used to it. Start trying to find a home for everything as you start to clear space in cupboards and drawers.

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  41. Dont buy so much rubbish in the first place. If only I took my own advice.

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  42. Go through one room at a time sorting out stuff to throw away or sell on eBay or car boot and get some cash and more space at home

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  43. don't put anything in a 'safe' place. you will make more mess trying to find it that you have tidied

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  44. give to charity or recycle groups sometimes if needed be throw away too!

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  45. None as I need all the help I can get in decluttering my home lately x

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  46. Definitely do one room at a time. Go with your initial gut reaction when deciding whether or not to get rid of things. And try to keep the options to “Keep” or “Get Rid Of”. Having an “Undecided” pile is often just a way to procrastinate on making the decision to chuck it out xx

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  47. Be ruthless and go with the rule if you havent used it in a year chuck it out!

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  48. Clear one room at a time so you can see what you have achieved.

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  49. Whenever we have new clothes we always clear out some old ones for the charity bag

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  50. Whenever we have new clothes we always clear out some old ones for the charity bag

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  51. We always check when our local jumble sales are on, my son knows now that if he collects up old toys/clothes etc he doesn't want anymore and gives them to the jumble sale he gets to buy 1 thing. We end up getting rid of 20-30 items and he only buys 1 back. Works for me :)

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  52. look through you clothes and book every 6 months, put clothes you dont wear in vacuum bags

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  53. Top de-cluttering tip: Freecycle!

    That's right: give it away. You don't really need all that junk, do you?

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  54. Follow the one year rule: If in the last 12 months you haven’t used it, remove it!

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  55. Start by getting rid of duplicate books and entertainment. You don't need multiple copies of the same text/movie/show/song. It's a great way to start to build momentum for the harder decisions.

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  56. we go through all the cupboards and wardrobes twice a year and have a sort out.

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  57. My tip is to clear out drawers and cupboards once a month so it will only take 1 hour at a time, it saves loads of time and space than if you let it build up for the entire year!

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  58. yeah sell unwanted stuff on ebay or car boot it

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  59. I'm terribly bad for hoarding but every few months I psyche myself up and challenge myself to remove all the things I've not used worn or read- I ring my local hospice shop and arrange a pickup date then I know it's going to a good home or making money for a worthwhile charity -it helps me declutter and helps out others at the same time

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  60. If you don't use it, you can lose it!

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  61. My only tip would be to de-clutter little and often.

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  62. Move home!!!!!
    I have moved home in the last few weeks, and it is amazing how much stuff I threw out or offered on Freecycle to others!!!!
    If this is too drastic then I would suggest just doing 1 room at a time - empty all the cupboards/drawers and then start to re-fill them with the stuff you use/need - amazing how much stuff can be thrown, etc.
    (Spencer Broadley)

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  63. Do it on a regular basis and when u are shopping always ask yourself if you really need something before you purchase it

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  64. I declutter every four days when I'm not working so I can enjoy tidy clean rhome .all nicknacks go inndrawers and clothing in washing or hung up

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  65. Upcycle/recycle your old stuff then sell it online. This is an excellent hobby and can also make you a little extra money, which is always awesome.

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  66. Storage drawers and boxes are ideal for homes with litle cupboard space, storage boxes for under the bed are ideal for toys and bedcovers

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  67. the best tip I have heard is to put all your clothes on the bed - even the coats handing in the passage - and go through them sorting out keep, donate, bin. I am going to try this is March when the bedroom is a bit warmer.

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  68. clean one room at a time and if you can't rememember when you last used an item...chuck it

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  69. Do a bit at a time, a cupboard and then a wardrobe. Doing it all at once creates a nightmare mess & makes you give up

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  70. I start at the top and work down room by room

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  71. Space bags are wonderful for storing winter jumpers.

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  72. Start in one room at a time and don't give any second thoughts about anything, if you don't need it bin it.

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  73. If you haven't used it for a year, bin it or donate it.

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  74. Use old Tupperware tubs to store small things like hair clips, lipbalms and random buttons. You can even jazz them up by sticking left over wrapping paper around the tubs :) xx

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  75. I work through each room and anything I have not used or needed for a year I give to charity.

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  76. Don't throw out boxes they come in handy for storing

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  77. I have a one in, one out policy with belongings!

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  78. Take the 12-12-12 Challenge. A simple task of locating 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 items to be returned to their proper home, a way to quickly organise 36 things in your house.

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  79. A room at a time and o have a one year rule if it's not been used then charity shop xx

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  80. Organization and storage is key, everything has a place. This is something I am trying to do in my own home, just finished building a shoe rack for my hallway

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  81. To donate items that I would not use in the house

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  82. We have regular clearouts, the children always generally tend to.share each others toys, so there are quite a few that have never been played with, we sort them in to piles and advertise them on a local selling page (where there are no fees) and the money that's made goes in to the kids piggy banks towards days out or anything else they need. Any toys left over are cleaned and taken to a children's home or refuge.
    We do the same with clothes, books anf anything else we find!.
    A while ago, we transformed our dining room into the children's play room. We went to ikea and bought Billy bookcases and storage boxes to match the colour of the room and now all the toys have a place xx

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  83. Get vacuum storage back for your winter/summer wardrobe and store under your bed

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  84. when tidying a room, make a huge pile in the middle of the room and work your way down

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  85. If you haven't used or looked at it in 6 months, you don't need it!!

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  86. I go through my kids clothes and toys 3 times a year and make a thrift shop donation.

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  87. I have a big box that I put clutter in. If it doesn't get used, I take it to a car boot sale!

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  88. De clutter at least once every 3 months. Support your favourite charity and donate all items to them so you know you are helping a cause that is important to you.

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  89. make sure you take to the charity shop as soon as possible, to save taking stuff back out.

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  90. We have a rule that if not used / worn something in over a year we will take to charity shop

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  91. If it hasn't been used for a period of 12 months, out it goes. To a charity shop, ebay, or in the bin.

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  92. Once a month a declutter and donate what I don't need/use to charity!

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  93. I find the more organised I am at work the less organised I am at home, it can be stressful, but tips from others do help and I try to set realistic goals to keep things ticking over on the tidy side of organised :)

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  94. Claire Elizabeth Noke31 January 2016 at 15:32

    Have a clear out regularly (ie/ every 6 months) think about anything you havent used in those last 6 months, do you really need it? if not.... sell it, donate it, etc ..... x

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  95. If you think you can't bear to part with something, put it in a box labelled with that month's date and store it somewhere. If you really miss the item, you can take it back. Every month get out the box from the same month a year before and get rid of anything left in it - if you've not used something for a year you'll probably never use it again.

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  96. declutter 15 minutes at a time nothing worse then taking on more then you can handle at your house is chaos with no time to put it all away!

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  97. Have a clearout at least once a year and be ruthless if you havent used it in the last year, you dont need it that much so chuck it x

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  98. Be ruthless! Sometimes it's really hard to part with things, but when you CAN do it, it can be very liberating. Anything that would REALLY upset you to get rid of, keep, but if you can let it go, do. Again I would say... BE RUTHLESS!

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  99. Concentrate on de-cluttering one room at a time

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  100. take any unwanted, unfitting, outgrown clothes to the charity shops

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  101. Try to keep all the techy boxes and cables that appear in your house over time in a big box. That way you can easily research what they are & there value when money is tight & get some money back via eBay.

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  102. keep a box and put things in it as you go along and when you are asked for donations the box is ready to go

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  103. When it all gets a bit much, tackle it by degrees, if you try to do it all at once, it becomes too daunting.

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  104. Thank you for the chance to win, very grateful for this opportunity. Would be lovely to declutter my small 2 bed flat.

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  105. Sounds boring, but as I say to my little people all the time..tidy up as you go along, its nowhere near as daunting then if you haven't tidied for a week!

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  106. be firm and don't hold on to stuff 'just in case'. contact your local foodbanks because often they are after clothes, toys etc....for families in your local area.

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  107. I declutter my daughters bedrooms a lot as they seem to collect things we don't need or play with, and I'll always give toys that still have a lot of play in them give them to my local charity :) xxx

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  108. If you have no use for it and don't use it lose it. Have a box for car boot sales or sell online. Donate any old coats and scarfs to a local homeless shelter.

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  109. Don't try to do everything at once tackle one room at a time

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  110. ANYTHING THAT HASN`T BEEN USED FOR 6 MONTHS SEND TO A CHARITY SHOP OR RECYCLE IT

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  111. If you've not used it in yonks either throw it out, give it away or donate it!

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  112. Be ruthless. If it hasn't been worn or played with for more than 2 years get rid of it however you choose. Must practice what I preach!!!

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  113. do it litttle and often so not getting out of control

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  114. Do it by category(read Marie Kondos book)

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  115. Don't keep it if you don't use it. If you have kids thes some great storage you can buy now... You just need to get in the habit of using them :)

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  116. I have a big declutter every January. I start on the top floor of my house and work my way downwards, doing one room at a time.

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  117. de clutter once a year book a pitch at a bootsale and sell it made over £100 this year its a great incentive xxx

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  118. do it in stages and be ruthless, I tend to do a section at a time, ie sideboard, kitchen drawers, kids toys, clothes that way you feel as though you are making progress

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  119. I try to put things away instead of putting them down and throw things away once they are used and no longer needed.

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  120. do it regularly - swap toys instead of always buying everything

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  121. Have a hubby like mine. If u haven't used it in a couple of months it's gone.

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  122. give to charity or sell unused and unwanted items, locally on on online auction sites, buy storage bags for storing seasonal clothes under beds etc. Go through each room in your house regularly to stop clutter building up

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  123. Tackle a room at a time and be ruthless!

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  124. Do a little at a time otherwise it becomes overwhelming .

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  125. Go through everything in your cupboards/attic once-a-year, and donate anything you haven't used in the past twelve months to charity.

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  126. I wait until the car boot season begins and then have a massive clear out.x

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  127. If you haven't used it and can't see yourself using it within the next few months, chances are you don't need it and should get rid of it.

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  128. Take clothes that no longer fit or are not worn to the recycling bin and shred old documents. Be ruthless and don't display more than 4 knick knacks in each room

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  129. Do it regularly, don't let it build.

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  130. Be ruthless, if you haven't used it for ages you don't need it

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  131. To tidy kitchen drawers which become tangled and messy with unravelling string, screws, nuts, bolts, curtain hooks etc. buy some cheap plastic rectangular containers, and place in your drawers. Then everything can have its own space and it becomes easier to find things.

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  132. Make sure to set aside 1 day every month purely to declutter and stick to it.

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  133. If you can't see it then don't worry about it

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  134. Make sure the children are out! Then buy sort into charity , keep and throw boxes.

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  135. Take any unwanted items to a charity shop.

    Kelly Glen

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  136. Car boot sales are a great way to de-clutter and to make a few pennies :-)

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  137. Turn your hangers around at the start of each month and by the end of the month if its not been turned around because you have worn it then trade it with a friend or give to a charity shop.

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  138. Turn your hangers around at the start of each month and by the end of the month if its not been turned around because you have worn it then trade it with a friend or give to a charity shop.

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  139. Take to the charity shop any clothes that haven't been wore for a year.

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  141. Put things in the garage, if you don't miss them after a few months give to charity

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  142. Use Freecycle to empty your home of unused clutter. There will always be someone who is grateful to take it off your hands

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  143. Regularly declutter and be ruthless

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  144. Find a good home for your clutter - You are more likely to part with clutter (as opposed to save it just in case you need it) IF you have a good home for it to go to!

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  145. The 4 Box method - Label the boxes, "Put Away", "Give Away/Sell" , "Storage." and 'Rubbish for throwing away'. Once a week go through them

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  146. i'm a terrible hoarder so thanks for the tips guys x

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  147. When going through things think to yourself "Have I used this in the last 2-3 years?" If not then throw it! You don't need it!

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  148. Take photos of children's models or pictures so you can eventually throw them away and still have keepsakes :)

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  149. If you're not sure if you'll need something again, put it in a box in the garage/attic. If it's still there and untouched in a few months' time, it's time to get rid!

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  150. Have only one small space in the loft for things that you "might need one day". When this space is full take the items to the charity shop if you haven't "needed" them in the meantime!

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  151. I try to have a good sort out every six months or so and bin or sell things I don't need/use. If I'm wavering about whether to keep something or not I put it in my "maybe" box, and if it is still there next time I go back, then I get rid!

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  152. Take clothes to the charity shop that you haven't worn for a year

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  153. Get a friend to help as they have no emotional ties to your things and should help you get rid of more

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  154. I follow the Konmari method and it's really effective.

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  155. put it in the garage, if its not used in the next few month skip it

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  156. If you haven't found a use for it in a year you probably won't - let someone else have it.

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  157. tidy as you go and dont have a drawer full of " just in cse" items !!

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  158. Storage boxes. I love them. I put all the kids games and toys into plastic boxes then I can stack them up rather than have them all over the floor.

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  159. Declutter every 3-4 months, that way it doesn't become a daunting task

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  160. If you haven't used something in the past year, then get rid of it. Someone will get much more use out of it than you do.

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  161. I declutter every few months x

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  162. I do a clear out each Season, so I can start a new season fresh and organised! I love the clear large boxes from Ikea as they are so cheap and roomy, they are great to keep organised and neat and still can see what is in there! Charity shops and free Cycle gets a lot of things, and the slightly more expensive items, I put on EBAY and Gumtree

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  163. Grab a bag, fill it and chuck. Twice a week!

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  164. Plenty of storage boxes around the house! Make sure everything has a home by putting things into the right boxes! :D

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  165. Clear one room at a time so the task of decluttering the whole house doesn't become overwhelming.

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  166. do a bit at a time between other tasks so you don't get bored

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  167. christine shelley3 February 2016 at 11:05

    Take a deep breath and put it in a binbag for charity

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  168. If it hasn't been used or worn for 2 years, take it to the charity shop of skip

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  169. If you haven't worn it for a year, give it to charity. Declutter little and often and get the whole family involved - I often ask my children to look in their rooms and find things that they don't want or don't play with any more so that we can pass them on.

    @rachiegr

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  170. Clear out your medicine cabinet. Go through for the outdated medicines.

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  171. Put all your winter coats in vacuum bags and put in the loft for the summer and do the same for your summer clothes in winter

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  172. Sort the kids toys out when they are at school. That toy they haven't played with for 2 years will become their new favorite for a couple of days when you ask them if you can get rid of it.

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  174. put things away as you use them or at the end of the day..don't leave dirty dishes overnight they have a habit of breeding! allocate a place to put bills/important letters/reminders etc so no mad panic looking for them last thing

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  175. If you havent used it for a year - throw it away, or sell it

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  176. Imagine you are going to be moving home, get rid of anything that you are not prepared to pack or pay to move.

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  177. if you havent used it for a year give it to a charity shop

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  178. Have a good sort through every now and then, either chuck, give to a charity shop or sell it on Ebay!

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  179. use the 6 months rule - 6 months without use and out it goes!

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  180. Go through my wardrobe (and my daughters) once every 2 months and remove any t-shirts I don't wear and take them to a charity shop. We also sort through her toys once every 3 or 4 months and drop them off at the local nursery if there's something she no longer plays with :)

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  181. I do one room at a time, and have pretty storage boxes which I use to store my lovely keepsakes, also have a spare bedroom where in winter I keep my summer clothes and swap around for the seasons

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  182. I'm reading the tips with interest as I'm currently on a very much overdue decluttering spree.
    My only tip would be to stick at it. It can be daunting when you have lots of stuff, but ultimately worth it.

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  183. I'm terrible, I'm a hoarder and always have too much clutter, my tip, don't be a hoarder

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  184. Give stuff to charity, you will find yourself more willing to let go of stuff.

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  185. If you haven't worn it for six months then sell/donate it.

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  186. Throw away as much as possible

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  187. Donate anything that you don't need or haven't used.

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  188. I decide to keep something if it is a memento or if it might be useful in the future.

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  189. If you haven't used it in a year then recycle it

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