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7 Tips For Clearing Out Clutter

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Getting rid of clutter can be a rubbish job. Where do you begin? The good news is that with a little planning, you can reclaim your home. So roll up your sleeves, here’s some tips to get you started:

1. Where to start

Work from room to room getting rid of stuff that you no longer need. Put items in a heavy-duty bag or cardboard box marked with either donate, recycle, sell or toss.

2. Donate, recycle, sell or toss

* Donate: Take wearable clothes, footwear and workable household goods to a charity shop or fill a bag that comes through your door. Some charities will collect donations.

* Recycle: Household waste that can be recycled includes old computers, batteries, textiles, paper, cardboard, wood, plastic, cans and electrical appliances. Take them to your nearest recycle centre or put in your local authority recycle bin.

* Sell: You might make a bit of spare change selling items at a car boot sale or on an online site.

* Toss: If you have big items and a lot of them, you can hire a skip, get your local council or a private firm to collect them. There will be a charge, so do some research.

3. Clothes
Get rid of any clothes you’ve outgrown or haven’t worn for year. Store off-season clothes in suitcases or vacuum bags.

4. Sentimental stuff
If there are things you really don’t want to throw out, put them in a big box and store, so you aren’t tripping over them.

5. Toys and hobby stuff

Store toys or hobby items in boxes with lids. Put them away at the end of each day.

6. Food, medicines and DIY stuff

* Food: Get rid of food from your pantry and freezer that is out of date or damaged.

* Medicines: The NHS recommends never to throw unused or expired medicines in your rubbish bin or flush down the toilet where children can get them or they could get into the drinking water system. Take them to a pharmacy for safe disposal.

* DIY stuff: Partially used cans of paint and other flammable items should be disposed of following toxic waste instructions.

7. Paper

Toss unread newspapers and magazines, put photographs in albums or on your hard drive and put important paperwork in files or on your computer. If throwing out, shred anything with your personal details on.

5 Ways to Cut The Clutter in Your Home

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Are you a hoarder? Broken furniture, empty paint cans, old bike frames and newspapers in your garage or shed? Cupboards full of the kids last year’s toys, and bric-a-brac? The loft crammed with old pictures, bed linen and curtains? Eventually, with bedroom ceilings drooping, cupboards bulging and a shed and garage you can’t get into, something has to be done.

Here are 5 ways to help Cut the Clutter in Your Home.

1. Firstly, will-power is required. Little point in going through everything in the loft then, when you get to the end, noticing you have two items that can go, and a hundred you might need. The object is to have the figures the other way round.

2. Tip each box or bin-liner out. You’re not going to use them again so the options are; they are going to the charity shop, car boot sale, or out. Re-store the one bag you are bound to keep, and move the rest down stairs. You could put them in the garage, but if you’re that crammed, that’s probably overflowing anyway.

3. When it comes to the kids bedrooms it’s best to tackle these when they are out. Toys they haven’t played with for over twelve months will be their favourite toy – when they realise it’s being thrown out. Pack any good, but unused toys into boxes. Again charity shops will be grateful for the contribution. Or box them ready for the car boot sale and let the kids keep whatever they make.

4. Already things are looking less cluttered. Move the furniture around in the bedrooms. Arrange a few toys on top of cupboards, and unit tops which were previously full of junk. Time to get a builders skip in. All the broken furniture, pieces of timber, old frames, newspapers, and general rubbish in garage and shed, along with those boxes already sorted, can begin to go in the skip.

5. Finally, before the skip goes, have a tidy up in shed and garage. Put up some boards holding hooks for tools and garden rakes, forks, and spades. Then final sweep through, before contacting your local skip company. Stand back and admire. You’ll wish you’d done it months ago.