If there’s one thing that all of us renters and homeowners seem to be suffering with, it’s the almost constant cleaning that having a home of your own requires. As soon as you clean it, you seem to notice something else that needs a little spruce up. Not ideall when you seem to have a million and one things to do in the day, and so many unexpected visitors that seem to make things that little bit messier.
However, when pointing the finger, we’re often the ones to blame. Because without even realising it, it’s easy enough for us to clog up our homes. This often leads to the feeling that your house is too small for your needs, when in fact, you’re just not using your home to the best of its ability. So, what’s left for you to do? A little spring cleaning to get your home back into tip-top shape could be the answer.
Want to ‘unclog’ your home and make more of the space you have? Have a read of my top tips for doing so below.
The Filtering Process
Where your filtering process begins is up to you. It all depends on where you feel you’re clogging up your home. For a lot of people, the main problem has to be the bedroom. It’s just so easy to become a little hoarder with the number items you can collect. (I know I’m guilty of collecting too many items and storing them in my bedroom.) I’m not just on about clothes either, it can be anything from beauty products to accessories that can end up being stockpiled in your room. However, for most people, myself included, clothes seem to be the main problem!
Start the clearing process by taking a look at your wardrobe, filtering out all of the things that you haven’t worn in the last few months. For a lot of people, it’s going to be the winter clothes that haven’t been worn in a few months, thanks to this beautiful weather that we’ve been having but these don’t need to be got rid of, only items you legit never wear. One thing you could benefit from if you live with a partner is clothes storage – there are some lovely storage solutions out there many of which are customisable so you can ensure that they’ll fit your space perfectly. You don’t want to get rid of good quality clothes, so take a look at how to store clothes in a storage unit, and see if it’s something that you’d consider. It is more practical than just moving them to another part of your home, and you’ll be surprised at how little it actually costs. Then, it’s all about organising your wardrobe so that you’re maximising your space. If you do only have a wardrobe, consider using underbed storage or a chest of drawers to give yourself some extra space. I personally swear by vacuum storage bags – they’re fantastic for clothes storage.
Do Something Good With It
If you’re going to have a little clear out, it doesn’t mean you necessarily have to throw your things away for good. As they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and that really can apply to the things that you are thinking of throwing out of your home. There are so many people out there that are desperate for charitable donations, and if the things you’re throwing out are in a good condition, this is exactly what you could do. Find a local charity, and figure out what donations they’re accepting.
If this isn’t something you want to do, you could even consider using websites such as Depop to sell your items. This is only for clothing, but it is a well-known site that thousands of people use a day. All you need to do is make sure that the quality of clothing you’re selling is high, and that you’re selling at a reasonable price. Always make sure you follow through with delivery as well, you wouldn’t want to get yourself on trouble!
Keeping The Rest Of The Home Clear
The rest of the home is a challenge to keep clear, purely because you’re going to struggle have the time to keep everywhere as tidy as you would like, especially with visitors coming and going. So, I recommend that you dedicate one day a week to a nice deep clean. That involves hoovering, polishing, changing the bed covers, and generally cleaning up the areas that you might not be able to reach in the week.
As annoying as tasks like this might be, it still gives you the satisfaction of knowing your home is in slightly better shape. You can then lightly top up the cleaning in the week, making it much more manageable. If you find your home becoming cluttered, looking for space saving solutions that will make each room that little bit easier to move around.
Hopefully, with the tips above in mind, you’re going to be able to unclog your home a little, and keep it just as clean as you would like it to be.