Some people find decluttering easy (“therapeutic”), some people don’t have clutter to start with (“minimalistic”), but for many people even the thought of decluttering can be traumatic let alone actually experiencing it! (“hoarder”). The sensible thing to do would be to have a clear out a few times each year then at least you’re keeping your clutter to a minimum. But as we all know, life gets in the way and before we know it we’re over-run with years’ worth of junk! Talking to clients of Davis Brown over the years, moving home can often be the sole motivation for getting rid of it all so if you’re currently in that position – moving home but knee deep in clutter let me tell you a few facts to help motivate you with the task ahead. According to flexispace.com …
- 80% of the things we keep are never used.
- People wear 20% of their wardrobe 80% of the time.
- 23% of adults don’t pay their bills on time because they simply can’t find them!
- Removing clutter could cut down on 40% of your cleaning time.
- The average person spends a whole year over a lifetime just looking for things.
As homes seem to be shrinking and space is at a premium here are a few creative storage ideas that may help you avoid cluttering after you move to your new home:
- Under the bed storage is a great way to hide anything bulky such as bed linen.
- Ottoman stools are great for storing away books, magazines and newspapers.
- In the sofa and even in the stairs could be somewhere to hide away shoes and winter coats.
- Replace your DVDs with an online service.
- If you’re really short of space you could even install an over the toilet bathroom cabinet, or a great space-saving toilet & sink combo – a talking point if nothing else!