Did you know that the average British person has 3,370 cubic feet of their home packed with stuff that they don’t use? That’s double the amount of stuff we had 30 years ago. Are you one of the millions of people that have too many things that they don’t need or use but can’t bear to throw out? If you are, use Old Stuff Day to start decluttering your home.
Don’t hold on to electricals
Researchers have found that we find it particularly hard to throw away electricals. We spend a lot of money on them, so we find it difficult to get rid of them even if they don’t work anymore.
In an ideal world, you should just throw away or recycle electrical goods as soon as they no longer work or are irreparable. But if you can’t bear to throw away an old computer that might work if you need an emergency backup, store it away somewhere so that if you do need it you can get to it easily.
Think about what you use
You have to be realistic about stuff that you actually need. Think about what you use and what you love, and get rid of anything else.
Don’t try and tackle your whole home in one go – start in one room. Empty every storage space in the room and decide what to do with each item.
Put everything back
Tidy up behind you as you go through each room. Put things back where they belong, and don’t buy any more storage space until you’ve cleared your whole home.
Don’t let clutter hang around
Once you’ve sorted out the things you should throw away, give away or recycle, make sure you get it out of your home quickly.
There are plenty of waste removers that can help you dispose of bulky items or even provide you with a skip. If you want to donate furniture, lots of charity shops will come and pick it up for you.
Are you ready to take the plunge? Get started with your decluttering on Old Stuff Day and clear a path to a calmer, less cramped home.