See your home in a new light

New Year, New You. That’s how the saying goes, but what about New Year, New Home. You don’t have to buy a new house to get that new home feel, it’s all about decluttering and seeing your home in a completely new light. Here are some great tactics for welcoming minimalism into your life in 2018:

Open the wardrobe and decide to get rid of anything that hasn’t been worn for over a year. Only keep hold of those garments that stand the test of time, like the classic little black dress, dark denim jeans, tailored suits and pencil skirts etc. It’s cheaper and takes up less space to get adventurous with accessories but wear the timeless classics. Forget the fads, they just take up valuable space.

Got piles of family photos lying around? Treat yourself to special acid-free albums to protect them for years to come. Include prints from your digital devices in case the device gets lost or forgotten on the hard drive.

Try the five-minute method – Give yourself five minutes each day devoted solely to decluttering an area. Often what looks like a mammoth task can be done or started in five minutes, even if it takes a few days. Little and often is the key, especially if you’re busy.

Another fun idea is to give away one item every day of the year. You’ll be amazed at the transformation in your home when you start reducing the amount of ‘stuff’ you’re holding onto. You don’t need to give away your TV or iPad, but just those little things that you no longer need.

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Try the 12-12-12 challenge. You can even turn this into a fun game and compete against family members. You must find 12 things to throw away, 12 things to donate to charity and 12 things to be tidied away into their proper place. You’ll be amazed at how quickly your home becomes tidy and clutter-free. For all that excess waste, you might end up needing a skip. For Swansea Skip Hire, visit skip hire in Swansea by Pendragon Carmarthenshire

Try to look at your new with a fresh perspective. You will start to notice clutter and unnecessary items where you didn’t notice them before. There are a number of strategies such as taking photos of your home.

Another way to reduce the amount of stuff in your home is to try the four-box method. Choose four boxes and go through each room with almost clinical precision. One box is for rubbish, one for donation, one for items to keep and one for items that need relocating to another room. Examine every item in a room and don’t worry if you don’t finish in a day. Some bigger projects could take a week.

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