“Hold the item firmly in both hands and pay attention to how your body responds. If it doesn’t bring you joy, you will notice that your body feels heavier. Remember that you are not choosing what to discard but rather what to keep.”
Set a timer
Set your phone to alert you in 15 minutes and see how much clutter you can sort in that time. You’ll be surprised!
Anything that doesn’t belong, put in a pile until you can find it a home.
Declutter by material
Marie says: “Keep in mind the material that each thing is made of and place items made of similar material near each other.
“My three main categories are cloth, paper and electric, simply because these are often the most scattered around the house.”
If you haven’t used an item for a year and can’t see it being used in the next one, then sell, recycle or donate to a charity shop.
Prevent clutter from building up
By removing something for every new thing you bring into your home. For instance, if you’ve bought a new umbrella, then do you need your old one?
“Place all those papers that require action in a ‘pending’ box,” says Marie. Once you’ve finished tidying up your papers, set aside a specific time to deal with all the items in the pending box in one fell swoop.
Need something drastic?
Put the problem clutter in a box and only bring out items as you need them. it will soon become clear what’s essential and what’s not.
Decluttering tips for… the kitchen counter
* Gather the clutter and sort it into piles: action, file, and recycle/shred
* Keep smaller items such as coupons, tickets and receipts in jam jars
* Re-pin your notice board, only keeping stuff that’s relevant to the current month – put future notices in a plastic wallet
* Keep a pretty mug for pens and scissors,but don’t let it get too full – think stylish and useful
Decluttering tips for… the bathroom
* Give each family member a drawer, tub or shelf in the cabinet and insist that anything not put back will be binned