How To Stop Hoarding Unnecessary Rubbish
1. Regularly Declutter
Regularly decluttering your home makes you less likely to hoard unnecessary things.
Whether it be a simple daily run to the recycling bin so your kitchen isn’t piled up, or a wardrobe refresh every few months, going through your belongings on a regular basis helps keep unnecessary items and rubbish out of your home.
If you don’t routinely clean and declutter, then the more you buy items or have things come into your home, the more they will build up. Not everyone lives in Dr Who’s Tardis – homes are only so big and can fit so much!
Decluttering can also mean getting rid of larger household items you no longer need or use like fridges, lounges, dining tables, and appliances. Consider how to best optimise your space for comfortable living, and don’t be afraid to make the changes you need!
Mark your calendars if you need a visual reminder to declutter. Scheduling a routine time to do this works well for some people, for example, the first Saturday of each month could be your declutter day.
Organisation is a key to keeping rubbish out of your home.
Keeping similar items together or arranging them in a way that makes sense for you helps when it comes to avoiding clutter and hoarding rubbish. The more organised you are, the less likely you are to have a habit of keeping unnecessary things around.
There are different ways to organise your belongings like labelling and colour coding, and also habit building like putting things away where they belong as soon as you have finished with them.
For general everyday organisation, dividers are great as they can neatly arrange items in your home – whether they be in the pantry, bathroom drawers, bedroom cupboards, or linen closet. Dividers are a foolproof way to ensure you don’t hoard unnecessary rubbish, as you can only fit a set amount of items in there. This makes your belongings more refined and less random.
3. Focus On One Room At A Time
When decluttering rubbish from your home, focus on one room at a time.
If you are decluttering your home, break it down into smaller focus points. Start with a small room and a small section of the room. Whether it be a drawer, cupboard, or box, work your way around. Ticking off a manageable task first is encouraging and incentivising you to continue with your project of decluttering!
Start small and work your way up, tackling an easier section of one room first. For example, don’t declutter your garage first if you have been shoving random things in there for the past decade. Instead, maybe start with your kitchen pantry.
4. Ask For Help
If you feel yourself getting stuck or overwhelmed, reach out to a friend or family member who might be able to help you.
The more hands you have the easier it is to declutter your home, so long as everyone remains focused on the task at hand. Create a pumped-up playlist if you need to and get to work!
5. Plan DIY Projects
Do you have scrap timber and metal in your old garden shed, lying around waiting for you to use it? If you haven’t used it within a year – get rid of it. That is the golden rule of decluttering and avoiding hoarding.
When you have materials you’re saving for a DIY project, planning the projects out can be really helpful. This way, you know what you are using the material for, how much you’ll need, and have a rough time frame of when the project will be completed.
Sure, having the odd bits and bobs here and there in the shed isn’t doing any damage. But if you are prone to over-collecting supplies in the hopes of one day having spontaneous inspiration for a project, perhaps be realistic with your DIY pursuits.
Planning your demolition projects is just as important too, so you can allocate the time and resources to completing the project timely and effectively. So much to do, so little time, make your time count and use it wisely!
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