Three important steps to take when clearing the clutter out of your home

Removing clutter from your home can be a challenging experience. Here are three steps you should take during this process.

Arrange for rubbish removal

De-cluttering a home can be a very lengthy process. If you have a limited amount of time to get this work done, then it's important to eliminate any activities which will reduce the time you have available to remove clutter from your property.

One example of this is transporting your clutter to the landfill. Making multiple trips to your local refuse site is a huge time-waster that will significantly impact your ability to finish the de-cluttering process within your allotted timeframe.

In this scenario, it would be worth arranging for a rubbish removal service to come and collect any clutter which cannot be donated, recycled or which is too large to be put into your household refuse bin. This service will enable you to focus all of your attention and energy on de-cluttering and reorganising.

Take regular breaks

Getting rid of items which you have owned for many years, or which have a lot of sentimental value, can be emotionally and physically draining. This is why it's important not to try to 'power through' when you're feeling exhausted or upset. Instead, you should take scheduled breaks throughout the day.

These breaks serve two purposes. First and foremost, they will give you time to physically rest and recuperate, and thus ensure that your energy levels and your enthusiasm do not wane before the de-cluttering process is finished.

Secondly, if you have been struggling to let go of specific items, even though you know that they are no longer useful to you, these breaks will give you a chance to think about what might be stopping you from throwing these goods away. If a friend or relative is helping you to de-clutter, you can sit down with them and discuss the feelings or concerns which are hindering your ability to let go of a particular item.

Ask the right questions

There are several questions which you should ask yourself before deciding whether or not to throw away an item. Firstly, does it serve a specific function in your everyday life? If the answer is yes, then it would probably be wise to keep it.

If the answer to this question is no, however, you should then consider whether or not the object adds happiness to your life (for instance, a painting on your wall may serve any real function, but its beauty might bring a smile to your face each time you walk past it). If it does make you genuinely happy, then you should keep it. If it is neither practical nor joy-inducing, then it should be thrown away.