Is Lockdown the Best Time to Declutter Your Home?

We asked Professional Organisers and Declutterers Lesley Spellman and Ingrid Jansen of The Declutter Hub for some tips

Lesley and Ingrid have been working with Barratt Homes Manchester to come up with some top tips for organising and decluttering during lockdown. So what is their advice?

“At an uncertain time when people are spending more time at home than ever, it’s important to remain focussed and keep your home as a sanctuary for the whole family” say the pair.

“With a rise is people turning to decluttering as a therapeutic and mindful way to stay in control of your home, now is a good time to sort through those cupboards you haven’t had time to get to before this.

“They say home is where the heart is and that’s more important now than ever as it needs to be a place everyone can settle down and feel happy in.

Fun and light-hearted

“We’ve seen so many people turning to decluttering and organising during self-isolation and whilst there was a community before, this is huge at the minute.

“We like to make decluttering fun and light-hearted but recognise that these activities are very important to people and have a huge impact on their lives.”

So here are the tips:

Take on a paper- and digital-declutter

“With many residents now having more time on their hands, why not sort through that important paperwork you’ve been meaning to get through. Use folders and filing systems to organise all of the important paper lying around your home, including bank statements and payslips, so they’re easy to find when you need them.

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“Now could also be time for a digital declutter, so sort through your emails by making specific folders for the ones you want to keep and deleting ones you don’t. If you have time, unsubscribing from spam emails is also a good way to keep your inbox clear.

Prioritise one room at a time

“So you’ve decided it might be a good idea to declutter your home before you make the move into a new property, but where do you even start? By working in one room at a time you can tackle your home systematically and thoroughly.

“When starting to declutter, many people make the mistake of jumping from one room to another. Choose one cupboard, area or room and don’t change focus until you have finished.”

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Reduce your food waste and organise your cupboards

“While panic buying may have died down now, it’s a good time to sort through your food cupboards and get these organised to prevent food waste.

“It also helps knowing exactly what you need before you go shopping so you can shop with intent. It’s also worth looking at meal planning when at home, so you know how much of everything you’ll need.

Make clever use of storage in your home

“Modern houses include dedicated storage space to help keep your home tidy. When planning a move, take some time to decide what you’ll keep where – and if everything’s labelled then you’ll have no problems finding anything when you need it.

Positive vibes

Taking these tips on and decluttering your home can increase your positivity around the home and give you a focus on a goal which is easily achievable.

To find out more about decluttering during the lockdown, visit: https://declutterhub.com/podcast/decluttering-lockdown/

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