A MINI DECLUTTER
Having a little declutter every now and then can help to keep our homes clutter free. By letting go of the things we no longer love or need we can create a little time and space to do the things that bring us the greatest joy. After all, owning less means less time tidying, cleaning or looking for things.
With Christmas on the horizon, your home is probably about to fill up with decorations, gifts, festive foods and loved ones. So, before things get into full swing, you may wish to remove any clutter to make way for the holidays. To help you get started here are five easy decluttering tips for your living room.
DECLUTTERING TIPS FOR YOUR LIVING ROOM
1. SCAN THE ROOM
The quickest and easiest way to clear a room is to collect together anything that shouldn’t be there. This may include mugs, plates, coats, shoes, toys, books etc. If something has a home elsewhere return it to its rightful place.
2. REMOVE UNWANTED MAIL AND MAGAZINES
I’m sure I’m not alone when I say letters, bills, junk mail and magazines seem to reproduce! Take a moment to remove anything that’s no longer needed and clear magazine racks, drawers and shelves.
3. EDIT YOUR TECHNOLOGY
With so many gadgets on the market, we can find our living spaces quickly fill with technology. This may include music systems, DVD players, digital boxes, game consoles, CDs, DVDs and so on. Consider what you use and if anything could be stored elsewhere.
4. DECLUTTER YOUR ORNAMENTS / TRINKETS
The quick way to address ornaments and trinkets is to simply remove anything that no longer brings you joy. The slightly longer approach is to take everything out of the room replacing only the things you love. Either way, with a little careful edit you can create a calmer space and reduce what you have to dust!
5. LET GO OF UNUSED FURNITURE
Consider what furniture is in the room and if you still use it. If there’s something you no longer need you may wish to sell it or donate to charity. It’s always nice to make a few extra pennies before Christmas.
Reducing your life laundry is extremely therapeutic. It’s also true that we feel calmer when we address the clutter. If you’re planning a little pre-Christmas edit I wish you the very best of luck! Further reading: ten things I gained when I decluttered my home.
I’m sharing my decluttering tips as part of the #SwiftHomeHacks series run by Swiftcover. #SwiftHomeHacks are affordable ideas to help you create a beautiful home, especially if you’ve just got onto the property ladder. To read tips from making a festive wreath to creating your own bath salts head over to Swiftcover.
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This post is in collaboration with Swiftcover.