Decluttering tips to tackle the five common problem areas in your home

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  • There are numerous advantages to decluttering.
  • As part of the decluttering process, you can throw unwanted items away, clean them or recycle them.
  • Let go of anything that's broken or dented and you'll be surprised how many of those items were no longer useful and just occupying space.


The festive season is upon us and it is the time for yet another spring cleaning.

Decluttering has numerous advantages even though, taking action is difficult sometimes.

Cleanipedia suggests the following five quick wins. With these slight tweaks, you will not only recognize significant improvements in your space, but you may be inspired to continue and declutter your entire home.

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1. Decluttering the study: Sort out the stationery drawer

The stationery drawer is one of the easiest places to start. Start by trying out all of the pens and discarding those that don't work. Remove any old receipts, shred any old letters, and toss of any mysterious stuff.

Then, to keep items like your staples and stapler together, or all paper clips and thumbtacks in one place, use small jars or boxes. It will be so much nicer to open it up.

2. Decluttering the bedroom: Get rid of excess hangers

How do we end up with so many hangers? Our closets might be stuffed with hangers we don't like or need, from those pesky wire ones that come with your dry cleaning to the profusion of tiny plastic ones that come with children's clothing.

The thin, velvet variants take up the least amount of room, while wood versions are a fantastic choice for chunkier garments. The rest can be donated to a local charity shop and put to good use on the rails

3. Decluttering the living room: Trim down those toys

Does your living room floor resemble Toys 'R' Us sale day at the end of the week? We wouldn't wish standing on a piece of Lego on our worst enemy, but we do so on a daily basis due to overflowing toy bins and sloppy play areas.

Investigate the concept of toy rotation, which will eliminate at least half of your toy clutter in no time. Toys that the kids have outgrown should be donated or stored (soft toys should be washed), and toys that they may not be ready for yet may be kept aside to be brought out later.

4. Decluttering the bathroom: Cull the cabinets

Our bathroom cabinets are generally one of the first locations where clutter accumulates, with a nearly empty tube of toothpaste, some old skincare samples, nail files, and an old bottle of cough medicine.

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And, no doubt, you've seen that when a cabinet or drawer is overflowing with items we don't use, we prefer to avoid it, wasting valuable storage space.

People often avoid cleaning out bathroom cabinets because they don't want to throw out "perfectly good" unused products, but keep in mind that most cosmetics spoil over time, so that half-empty container of shampoo you didn't particularly enjoy the smell of in six months won't be doing your hair any favours. Toss the product in the trash, rinse it out, and recycle it.

5. Decluttering the kitchen: Tackle that Tupperware

Are you constantly looking for the lid to a Tupperware container? Do you have a collection of mismatched food containers? Take ten minutes to go over each one.

First, double-check that everything has a lid, and get rid of any containers that are cracked or damaged (these can often be put to good use as drawer organisers). You'd be shocked at how many are no longer useful and are simply taking up space.

When you're finished, stack the containers in order of size, and keep the lids vertically with them in a large storage box or drawer for easy access in the future.

Credit: information provided by Scoop Communications

* Mandisa Mbenenge is the PR & Digital Assistant Manager at Home Care

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