Thursday, 14 January 2016 05:27

The Do’s And Don’ts Of De-Cluttering

Is paperwork taking over your kitchen? Does your wardrobe resemble a jumble sale? If this sounds familiar, then it’s time to get sorted.

Plan of Action

Here are some tips to become organised:

  • Decide which room you want to start with and tackle it one area at a time. If you set yourself an achievable goal, you’ll be more likely to get it finished. Don’t aim to do the whole house in one week-end.
  • For things you don’t use much but can’t bear to part with, find somewhere out of sight to stow them. For instance, store your boxes of precious memories in high cupboards.

Dos and donts of declutteringProfessional Help

Judith Penny of All Sorted is a professional organizer who specialises in sorting out people’s homes.

She says, “To organise your entire home you’ll need a plan and time frame. Don’t start a new area until you have completed the previous one.”

Start in one corner and work your way round, don’t zigzag. Deal with the visible first, then move on to cupboards and drawers.

Ask yourself: Do I love it? Do I use it? Why am I keeping it? What’s the worst that could happen if I let it go?

With things you’re not sure of, seal them in a box and put them in the garage. Only open the box if you need something in it. Anything left in the box after three months should be given away or recycled.

What You Need For Sorting and De-cluttering

Start with the following:

Several boxes labelled “throw”, “recycle”, “give away/give back”, “move to another part of the house”, “not sure yet”
Black bags, dust cloths, brush and pan
Pen and paper to note things you need to buy

Sort your Clothes

Arm yourself with a full-length mirror and bin bags, then try on everything in your cupboards and drawers, including underwear.

Consider the following:

  • If it doesn’t fit or you haven’t worn it for over a year, pop it in a bin bag to give to your local charity shop.
  • If it’s worn out, throw it out.
  • If anything needs repairing or dry-cleaning, put it in a separate pile to deal with.
  • As you identify the clothes you want to keep, arrange them in the wardrobe, like with like. When you next open the cupboard to choose an outfit, you’ll be faced with more combinations.

Smart Storage Solutions

By giving your things a home, you’ll always know where everything is.

Specialists in storage, Santos has a huge selection of boxes in all sorts of materials, from canvas to wood. These stacking boxes with handles, R99 to R197, are very stylish.

For Paperwork, ‘Tidy Files’ has launched a brilliant way to keep paperwork under control. Their Home Filer System, R236 from Makro and hyperstores, has sections for fnancial paperwork, bills, home maintenance, insurance, etc. so that everything is in one box. (

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