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Decluttering is Good for the Soul

Living a simplified, orderly life with less stuff is an appealing way to live for many people. If you were to consider the benefits of uncluttered living you would realise that you would, essentially, have less to clean, less to organise and less stress.

It is understandable that ‘letting go’ of a surplus of belongings is a particularly tough hurdle to overcome, which can ultimately restrict many from actually finishing the de-cluttering process. The idea of de-cluttering your home is a daunting thought. Where do you begin? Do you really need the items you’re holding onto? Do you use everything you keep? So brace yourself and, set yourself some goals, and get ready for your biggest de-clutter yet of the two most important rooms in your home – the bathroom and the kitchen.

The hub of the home

When it comes to the kitchen it is important to make the most of what’s on the inside – use your cabinet space, no matter how small. This can be done through quick and efficient DIY projects.

Using wall space

If you have a multitude of pots and pans then they can quickly begin to take up the majority of cupboard or drawer space then put them on display. You can suspend them from a pot rack that can be hung above the cooker, you can hang them from S-hooks on a pegboard, the possibilities are endless.

Spices

There are a number of ways that you can organise your spice cupboard to make the space look less cluttered (even if you don’t actually remove anything). You can put them into alphabetical order, categorise them, or you can even just buy a spice rack that does the majority of the organising for you.

Time for a clear out

Have a look at all those spices and cans that you have had for what feels like years – are they past their expiry date? If yes chuck it out! Do this with all of your cupboards, fridge and even freezer, you will be amazed at the amount of food that you have accumulated that you can no longer use or eat. Do this process every couple of months to ensure maximum de-cluttering standards.

Bathroom

Similarly, to the kitchen your bathroom is going to have a whole load of products that you have completely forgotten about. They can be scattered across a number of cabinets with no real order to them. This type of clutter ends now.

Expiry dates

If you keep all of your medicine products in your bathroom then it is almost inevitable that you are going to have to throw away almost half of that cupboard. When was the last time you even checked the expiry date on those hidden tablets? Chances are you never have so get checking and get chucking – even remove the products that you don’t even like. Again, if you repeat this tip every couple of months it will slow down the process in the long run.

Storage solutions

Have space on either side of the toilet? Stick some cupboards there and fill them with everyday toilet needs – you can store your toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, excess bottles of shampoo and conditioner. As long as there is a system in place you can’t really go wrong.

Top tip

If you are swaying between products that you are not sure whether to throw out or not, then use this simple hack to help speed up the process. Place all products in the cupboards, as you use each product leave it out, and watch what builds up over the next week or so, whatever is left in the cupboards can go, leaving you with an abundance of space for your everyday products.

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