Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Expert Tips - How To Effectively Declutter And Organise Your Home

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the amount of stuff you have? Perhaps you are in need of some decluttering advice? I know my space has started to feel like the clutter has started coming back a little bit, and it's time for a declutter. I am so excited that today I have been joined by decluttering expert, Roxy. I couldn't wait to ask her how to effectively declutter and organise your home. I hope you find her tips useful!

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“The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t.” - Joshua Becker.


As a bit of background to my decluttering story, over the years, I accumulated a huge amount of clutter. I would declutter, but it would eventually come back. It got to the point I didn't even know what I owned. Last year enough was enough, and since then, I have been on a journey to live a more simple and intentional life. I am determined, this time, the clutter both mental and physical is not coming back.

Well, that's enough of my chat, let's get on with asking Roxy for some tips and tricks when it comes to decluttering!

1. What’s the best piece of advice you could give someone who wants to declutter and organise their lives?

Start small and allocate time to do the project when you feel ready and able to do it. For example, start with a drawer, maybe that junk has been building up over time. 

Take everything out and clean out the drawer, then get some drawer dividers or even old plastic boxes and start to re-organise it. 

Sort out, throw out and then start to put things back.

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2. Where do you start when it comes to decluttering and getting organised?

You must have a clear goal of how you want your space to look. 

Think about how you/your family use your space. Everyone uses their space differently, so there is no set way for how a room should look. 

You need to consider how much time you have to do the project too. Most people prefer doing this in little chunks with breaks in between, so they don’t lose motivation.

Ideally, it’s best to start small again starting with a cupboard, for example. Let’s say you choose the kitchen, you will need three cardboard boxes and write ‘bin’, ‘charity shop, and ‘keep’ on them. As you go through the cupboard, allocate the items to a box. 
 
If you are really unsure whether or not to keep an item put it in the ‘keep’ box, then at the end you can review the items in the ‘keep’ box if you feel you have run out of space. 

If you have time, you can always sell items too. I sell items for people whilst I’m in their home, so it is listed and frequently sold before I have even left!

3. Have you noticed there is a common theme people struggle with when decluttering or getting organised?

Emotional connection to objects is certainly one aspect people struggle with. When an item has been passed down their family or given to them, they feel obliged to keep it. People almost feel they need permission to let it go. 

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One lady I spoke to used to travel the world, and so did her parents, when they died, she was left with a whole host of memorabilia. Not only did she have her own precious possessions with memories connected to them, but she then had her parent’s ones too. Her house wasn’t big enough to keep everything. 

After talking it through with her, she realised that her parent's things were their memories, not hers, which helped her with the next stage. I suggested her photographing every item from her parent’s travels and then passing them over to a dedicated charity who help children learn about other countries. He parents’ objects would then be treasured and loved by other people plus she would have a beautiful collection of photos to remember them.

Roxy mid-declutter in a post about how to effectively declutter and organise your home.

4. Do you have any tips for preventing the clutter from coming back after a declutter?

Keep a check on the areas you have sorted out. 

Set a date on your diary every month to re-organise that particular area; otherwise, things will build up very quickly!

5. Decluttering and organisation can be a lengthy process. How would you recommend staying motivated?

Yes, it certainly can be a very lengthy project depending on the area you are organising. 

As a Professional De-clutterer, it takes me between 2-6 hours to do a wardrobe, and a garage or loft can take between 6-15 hours! For me, I can work for hours on end without a break as this type of work brings me real enjoyment. 

For most people, this is most definitely not the case! I recommend allocating an hour to a project then taking a little break before going back to it. 

Make sure you choose the best time of day when you are at your most motivated, and you have had a good nights sleep. If you can do it with a family member or friend, then that’s even better.

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6. Do you have a super organised home? Have you always?

My home is most definitely not super tidy as I have 2 young boys! 

I would say though that it is tidy most of the time. I have storage systems that work for me, plus I think that keeping a house tidy is down to everyone in the family. 

My boys have routine charts they created themselves, and they have clear rules about tidying up. Due to this being in place since they were toddlers, they have no issues with tidying up their things, emptying the dishwasher or hoovering up.  

We even sort out their rooms a couple of times a year, so the clutter doesn’t build up. 

We sit down together and go through their toys and books they no longer use and then sell them. I use local Facebook sites for this, and the money earnt from selling their items goes back to them to spend with the condition is not spent on more toys! This keeps them engaged in sorting out their belongings and teaches them how important an organised space is.

7. Are there any organisation declutter gurus that you look up to? 

I absolutely love The Home Edit on Netflix, and their book is super useful. I don’t follow everything they do religiously though as I do like functional spaces and not them just looking pretty.

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8. Roxy's Top Tips

  • Don’t accept any freebies you don’t want or need!
  • You have to choose between space and stuff unless you have a big house you can’t have both.
  • Don’t multi-task; just do one room at a time.
  • If a task can be done quickly just do it when you see it rather than letting it build-up
  • Clutter can be a result of a badly used space. Review your space and ask friends how they think your space can be used better
  • When buying storage boxes, try to buy the same style and sizes, so they stack well.

9. Questions to ask yourself when de-cluttering

The final expert tip Roxy has for how to effectively declutter and organise your home is to ask yourself these questions when looking at an item.
  • Do you love it?
  • Do you use it? If so, how often?
  • Is it broken?
  • Does it fit? (Clothing)
  • Do you need 2,3,10,15 of this item?
  • Is there somewhere else you can store it? (Garage/loft if it’s within your home)
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A little more about Roxy

Roxy Holdstock lives in Windsor with her husband and two boys (5 & 8)

Roxify is a home re-organisation and decluttering service.

Roxy will travel for 40 minutes from Windsor or further afield upon request.

Please check out her Facebook page for further information @Roxify


A huge thank you to Roxy for answering all of my questions! I hope you enjoyed reading the tips. I feel so motivated to get decluttering and organising now. I'm going to pop on some music and grab three boxes!


What are your top decluttering and organising tips? 
I would love to hear in the comments. 

Lots of love, 
Helen x

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12 comments

  1. What a fantastic article and so positive! This has definately encouraged me to have a declutter and try to make my place a happy and organised space xx

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    1. Aww thank you! Can't beat a good declutter to feel good, can you :) xx

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  2. These are such good tips! I really struggle with accumulating clutter, so I will take these on board... I have a fortunately timed day off tomorrow that I shall use to declutter! xx

    mia // https://beautiful-inspiring-creative-life.com/

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    1. Thank you, Mia! I hope you had a really good declutter day :) xx

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  3. Great Ideas Helen, some time i am so messy. very helpful post dear.

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    1. Thank you so much Swarnaz! Hope they helped :)

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  4. Thanks for sharing this, because truth be told. Decluttering is really a lengthy process.

    Bernie,
    The Style Fanatic

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    1. Yes, decluttering is such a lengthy process, but totally worth :)

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  5. Loved the tips, especially starting small. One drawer certainly leads to the next after seeing the big improvement!

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    1. Aww thank you! It certainly does, doesn't it! It's amazing how much more motivated you feel when you start small!

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  6. Decluttering every now and then should definitely be a routine and a part of our lives because it not only refreshes our surroundings but also makes us have a more positive outlook in life!


    Ann | http://annchoi.me

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    1. Totally agree! It is incredible how just decluttering can have such a wider, more positive wellbeing impact, isn't it!

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