Do you walk into your home and feel instantly stressed by mess?Â Decluttering leads to increased productivity, improved mental well being and considerable financial advantages (home organising experts estimate this could save $7800 a year). Clearing your spaceÂ improvesÂ yourÂ life in a myriad of ways, so try the following tips and get started:
Organise the bedroom: the bedroom is designed to be a sanctuary and a place of utter relaxation, however, many are going to sleep surrounded by clutter and waking up in clutter, receiving no relief from the stress of mess.
- Research suggests sleep quality is severely compromised by a disorganised space, leading to stress and anxiety.
- Take to your wardrobe this summer and cull the items you no longer wear. Your local Hospice, Red Cross or Salvation Army store are always looking for garment donations –Â just make sure everything is in good condition (no stains or holes).
- Recycle your old mobile phones with companies like MobileMuster – not only are you recycling the material, you’re helping Australian’s in need. For every phone recycled,Â not-for-profitÂ organisationÂ OzHarvestÂ will deliver a meal to someone in need through the Mobile for a Meal campaign.
- By giving the kitchen a much needed cleanse, youâ€™ll be far more motivated to cook nutritious meals and be productive in the kitchen.
- Not being aware of the items you never use can cost you thousands each year. Doing a kitchen clean out has saved some families up to $7800 a year.
- Non-perishable food items found during the clean out can be donated to the your local food service.
- When doing a clear out with the kids, minimise storage space to encourage your children to be purposeful about what they want to keep.
- Toys can be given a new life and give to a child who might go without this year so wrap them up and show your youngsters how to give to those in need. Drop them off at your local secondhand shop.
- The items that sit at home on your desk should be kept to an absolute minimum and yes itâ€™s time to go through your bottom desk drawer overflowing with tangled chargers from gadgets you never use.
- If you’re hanging onto your first smartphone, even though it is broken, you’re not alone – there are 5 million old unused handsets around Australia ready to be recycled.
- Be brutal when decluttering – if itâ€™s accumulated a thick layer of dust, it can probably be cleaned up and sent to charity – youâ€™re never going to use it!
- You can actually hire out your tools to your neighbours – who might only need it once or for a short time – and earn a little bit of cash for your efforts.