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Autumn Declutter - 5 Tips to Help Get Clutter Free!

 

Declutter Autumn

We’ve all heard the term “spring clean” – but that’s not to say that a good old declutter isn’t needed any other time of the year! In fact, early Autumn is the perfect time for a clear out: as the colder, darker nights draw in there’s nothing better than coming home to a cosy home – which is even more satisfying when it’s clutter-free!

And though we hate to mention the dreaded “C” word… a clear out before Christmas is also perfect as it will make the festive season that much more enjoyable – and make more room for décor and gifts!

Here are a few tips to help you get organised:

One room at a time

There’s a reason we always put this stuff off, isn’t there? Because the mere thought of having to de-clutter your entire house is enough to tire you out. The thought of delving deep into the under-the-sink cupboard and organising the 20+ cleaning products you definitely need, of facing that wardrobe you’ve been throwing things in all year in your “panic tidy” moments, and don’t get us started on the room of “put it in there and we’ll sort it later” (sometimes called the loft).

Try to focus on one room at a time, or if it’s easier one part of the room at a time. Clear out a wardrobe or organise the kitchen cupboards – getting started is the hard part and once you’ve done a few places it makes the others so much easier!

Clean as you go

We’ve all been there… moving the sofa and gasping in horror at the dust and debris lurking. Clean as you go to make this feel like less of a chore at the end. Dust, clean and wipe as you move things – it’ll take 5 minutes and you’ll feel a great sense of achievement doing a deep clean!

Be realistic

It’s hard to part with things, but consider some items properly: does it have sentimental value? Have you used or looked at it recently? Can you see any real detriment to no longer owning it? If you’ve answered “no” to those then it might be worth considering binning, recycling or re-homing the item.

A popular rule is the “12-month rule” – if you haven’t used it in the last 12 months and can’t see yourself using it in the next 12 months then it’s probably a contender for the recycling or charity bag!

Keep on top of the small things

Fold the washing, sort the junk mail pile by the front door, sweep the floors, dust the bookshelves: if the small things are relatively in-order then the deep clean and de-clutter won’t take as long or feel as laborious as you won’t have to sort the “top layer” of everyday clutter to get down to the hidden bits!

Invest in the right storage solutions

Of course we will always have a bit of bit of clutter, it’s natural and is what makes a house a home, but why not store or display what you have by investing in a new storage solution? Some floating shelves, a new side table, a shelving unit.

If they are worth keeping, and not really for display, there are lots of covered storage solutions you can consider – such as drawers or baskets – to help neaten up the look.

Our Conti@Home bookshelves are an ideal solution: with 12 sizes and 5 colours certain to compliment any colour scheme there’s sure to be one right for you. And if the thought of putting together a bookshelf is already filling you with dread, these bookcases are simple – all you need is a screwdriver and a cup of tea (tea optional).

If you have any questions about the ContiBoard range or our easy-to-assemble Conti Bookcases then get in touch and either tweet us @ContiatHome or visit www.conti.co.uk.

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