Declutter your home in 5 simple steps

How often have you opened a cupboard and immediately shut it again because you can’t face what you see? Fear no more!

We all build up clutter over our lives. Now with spring officially upon us, we asked expert author, TV and radio presenter Jasmine Birtles to give us her top tips for decluttering your home.

1. Make a bid for freedom

Look on decluttering as gaining space and freedom rather than having to get rid of things. If you see it as gaining something, you’re much more likely to throw out unwanted items that you know you don’t love or need.

2. Do it space by space

Don’t try and do your whole home in one go. Do it drawer by drawer and cupboard by cupboard. Start with the easiest room in the house (probably the bathroom) and once you’ve cleared that room, give yourself a quick break and then start on the next easiest room.

3. Do it with a friend
Get a friend or family member to help you. It will make it more fun and help you sort more of your home than you would on your own. If you’re a natural hoarder, bring in someone who loves throwing things out, so that you’re not tempted to just keep everything.

4. Use the four box rule

Get four boxes which are marked ‘throw away’, ‘charity shop’, ‘sell’, ‘recycle’. Everything you decide not to keep should go into one of those boxes.

The ‘throw away’ one is easy. The ‘charity shop’ one is obvious – take it to your nearest favourite charity shop, remembering to give them your name and postcode so that they can gift aid it. The stuff to ‘recycle’ could be reimagined or upcycled into something new or put in nice packaging and used as a Christmas or birthday present.

With the items to ‘sell’, you should photograph them and then just upload their details to an internet sales site such as eBay, Preloved, Gumtree or a local community Facebook group, while you’re watching TV in the evening.

5. Sort one item per day

If you can’t stand the idea of spending a day, or even half a day decluttering, just get into the habit of sorting one item per day. It could be that once a day you put something online to sell or give away or you just drop something off at the charity shop on your way to work.

Is spring cleaning an annual event in your household? Share your top decluttering tips at news@oddfellows.co.uk.