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5 Time Saving Decluttering Tips

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I've been in full on organisational mode over the past few weeks and I've been gradually decluttering different areas around the house. In normal times I would probably be spring cleaning now but given that we have been spending much more time at home recently, I've gone one step further and have taken on many decluttering tasks! Often clear outs can feel like the impossible task so here are five time saving decluttering tips to hopefully help you get started.

1. Take everything out

This is probably one of my biggest tips when it comes to declutters. It may seem counterintuitive to create more clutter whilst trying to reduce what you have but it allows you to see everything you own. With a visual, it's much easier to be strict with yourself during a declutter and convince yourself that no, you probably don't need 10 white Tshirts.

Top Tip: If you don't have space to take out absolutely everything, remove things from one section at a time instead e.g. all knitwear, all denim etc.


2. Set time limits

I always come across one or two pieces that I'm unsure about whether to keep or declutter and when this happens, I give myself some extra time to think about it. There's nothing worse than finishing a declutter and immediately longing for that one piece you wish you hadn't let go of. By giving yourself a deadline of X amount of weeks/months to use something, you'll know that if you haven't used it in that time frame then you probably won't use it in the future either.

Top Tip: In your wardrobe, try turning hangers in different directions. Whenever you wear an item, turn the hanger in the opposite direction and that way you know which items you didn't wear and can say goodbye to.


3. Schedule

I find it really helpful to block out a date and/or time in my diary for declutters. Recently I've been setting myself daily tasks and checklists and I've found that whenever I do this, I get more done. Schedule an afternoon for a beauty declutter or go through your kitchen cupboards after breakfast. Scheduling offers an incentive to get the job done and it should mean no distractions to stop you from doing what you should be doing.

Top Tip: Consider the weather! I did my spring wardrobe switch over last week when we had a few days of rain forecast as I knew that if I saw the sun shining through my window I would want to make the most of it rather than busy myself indoors.


4. Check expiry dates

You'd be surprised at how long you've kept things sitting at the back of the cupboards for well past their expiry dates. Look out for use by dates on perishables like food and makeup and if they're out of date then it's probably time to bin them (or recycle if possible). If you come across items that are nearing their expiration date, keep them at easy reach so you remember to use them up before they expire.

Top Tip: In beauty products, look for a symbol on the back of your products. This is usually an open jar with the number of months inside or beside it which show you how long a product will last once open.


5. Have some company

One of the best ways to stay motivated is with company. Call a friend to help you out (choose wisely though or you'll end up having an hour long chat rather than getting anything done) Listen to something like a podcast, an audiobook or some music so you don't feel as though you've embarked on the impossible task alone! 

Top Tip: Put on a YouTube video in the background (and if it's a declutter video then even better! See my full declutter playlist here) so it's like you're decluttering with your favourite youtuber.


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