Top 10 Tips to Declutter Your Home

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Posted by Discover Northern Ireland

Published May 7, 2020


With many of us spending a lot more time at home these days, why not take the opportunity to spring into action and declutter?

Europa Hotel, Belfast

Europa Hotel, Belfast. Image courtesy of Hastings Hotels.

Research shows that one in 10 of us are not decluttering thoroughly and experts have warned that a cluttered and messy home can have a negative effect on our mental health and wellbeing.

The Europa Hotel’s very own Marie Kondo and Head Housekeeper, Aine Finnegan, has put together her top 10 tips on decluttering.

Make a list

An action plan will help you stay focused. You’ll be able to break it down into manageable parts to stop you feeling overwhelmed.

Go room by room

Never aim to declutter your house in one go as this could feel like a mammoth task.

Clear the surfaces

Clearing the flat surfaces will make your home look and feel less cluttered. Put everything on the floor and find a proper place for things, only putting back the essentials.

Ditch the clutter

Perhaps one of the most efficient steps in this process is getting rid of things you don’t want or need. You might always be able to think of a use for something – but ask yourself, ‘Do I really need this?’

Get rid of the junk drawer

We all have that one drawer where the post, pens and random bits and bobs go. Remove everything for your junk drawer and only put back the things you know you actually use. Or be super organised and get rid of it completely.

Room for storage?

Any objects or pieces of furniture that you want to keep but might be lacking the space- put them in storage. Make use of your roof-space – but remember to ask yourself if you need what you are storing.

If it’s covered in dust, it’s time to go

If an item is covered in dust then you probably haven’t used in a while. An ornament hidden at the back of a shelf or a bag in your wardrobe that been used for months – now is the time for it to go.

The wardrobe

For many, this can be the hardest job when decluttering. We will always find a reason to keep a piece of clothing, some of which still have the labels on. Organise your clothes into sections, and give away items that no longer fit and things you know you won’t wear. This is not a time for sentimentality.

Recycle, recycle, recycle

As you go from room to room, make sure you recycle as much as possible, for example paper and plastics. Unwanted furniture, clothes and electronics that are still in good condition could be given to charity.

Store your memories

Buy storage boxes to put the bits and pieces that you have saved from times across the years. I’m not a fan of scanning everything into a computer file as you can’t beat the joy of a physical memory.



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