Everybody has personal possessions they couldn’t do without, for one reason or another, but it’s safe to assume that just about everybody in the UK has quite a few possessions they could easily do without. In fact, even ‘the young and the restless’ who seldom live in one residence for more than a few years find an astonishing amount of clutter that must be dealt with during the next move.
Older folks with decades of residence in the same place often find that clutter has taken over their abode and it’s difficult to manoeuvre around the place and almost impossible to keep it clean; this is when clutter becomes more than a nuisance and turns into a menace. Stairs, hallways and windows may be blocked by piles of old magazines and paperwork, odd bits of furniture, knickknacks and just plain junk, aka obstacle courses and fire hazards.
Ideally, this sort of build-up needn’t happen; ideally one has adequate space to store stuff that isn’t in current use and gets rid of the detritus on a daily or at least weekly basis. Realistically, this hardly ever happens, but it’s never too late to make a change, and there are professional declutterers who can help declutter your home safely in the UK, it’s the Association of Professional Declutterers & Organisers that you need, so look for the APDO logo to be sure you’re getting the best and most reputable help available.
Before your situation gets to that pass, however, take some tips from the pros that will make your home safer, tidier and more comfortable. Start small: don’t try to take on the whole project at once, instead choose one area such as a closet, cupboard etc. and make a stab at clearing up unnecessary clutter and junk. Trying to attack the problem as a single battle is far too daunting for most people and they’ll just keep putting it off, so the problem gets even more daunting.
One valuable suggestion is to make categories and assign each item to one of them. The logical categories are “keep”, “donate”, “sell”, “trash” and “recycle” – if you think of any others use those too. You can take different approaches to this process, but probably the simplest is to start with “trash” and get rid of all that first; you’ll probably be amazed at the reduction in volume of clutter.
Recycling is a little harder, but do make the effort as its ecologically sound practice and you’ll be able to congratulate yourself for a job well done. By now you should be aware of what can be usefully recycled and what should go in the trash bin, but if you’re uncertain check with a local recycling facility; they’ll be glad to help.
You may find sale-able items you didn’t know you had, or some that would make good gifts for friends and family, and you’ll almost certainly find articles like clothing that are lightly or never used and would be appreciated as donations. Remember all during this sorting process that you have to be tough and realistic; are you ever going to use all that extra flatware or wear the puce sweater someone gave you? Think about it honestly, categorize appropriately – and call for help if you need it to declutter your home safely and easily.