The spring clean is almost upon us, and this means one thing. Decluttering. In order to make sure your spring clean is as effective as it possibly can be, the first step is to sort out all the bits and bobs that are just hanging around your home. You can’t possibly get to cleaning unless you’ve cleared all of those annoying things which are just hanging around your house. So hold off on getting your duster, carpet cleaner and vacuum out. The process starts with decluttering.
What is the best way to get rid of any clutter?
Getting rid of clutter or excess items can be a tricky task, particularly if you have an attachment to it or it’s sentimental to you. However, there are some methods you can use to make cleaning and decluttering a little easier. One method to take is the four-box method. Separate your stuff into four different boxes; bin, give away, keep and relocate. These boxes are pretty self-explanatory, but basically, you look at an item in your home and decide which box they need to go in. For example, if your old favourite t-shirt has holes in it, it’s probably time for it to go in the bin box.
Why is it important to clean out my bedroom?
Clutter can easily build up in your bedroom, especially if you’re in a rush and getting ready, clothes and accessories can end up all over the place. You probably spend the most amount of time in your bedroom, so make sure you prioritise keeping it clean and declutter. Your bedroom should be your sanctuary, somewhere you can go to unwind and relax. When your bedroom is cluttered, you won’t be able to fully relax.
How do I dispose of my bras?
Often, the first instinct is to wash your used bras and place them in the recycling bin. Although that is one method of bra disposal, it’s not the only method. In fact, there are quite a few charities out there who are willing to take your gently used bras and send them abroad to developing countries that may need underwear. It’s likely these charities will have drop-points all across the UK, and if not you can probably send them via post. So, next time instead of binning your bras, do some research and see where you can send them.
How do I dispose of makeup and toiletries?
We’ve all been in the situation where you’ve been bought a new body cream for Christmas, and you don’t really want to use it, so now what? Throwing it in the bin seems a little ungrateful, then just letting it sit and clutter up your home isn’t a good idea either. Several charity shops will actually take makeup and toiletries, so long as they are unused. If they are used, think about asking your friends and family whether they’d want it. Save the bin as a last resort if possible.
What items might I find when cleaning out my living room?
Items can get everywhere in your living room. Remember that pair of glasses that went missing? When tidying your living room you might even find them, tucked down the side of your sofa.
How do I dispose of prescription glasses?
Prescription glasses are another item that you might find hard to donate or to get rid of. Maybe you’ve got an increase in prescription, or maybe you’ve broken a pair. Whatever the case is, make sure you’re disposing of your old glasses properly. Instead of just throwing them up in the bin, glasses brands like Vision Express and Specsavers often have drop off points within their stores. This means you can drop off an old pair of your prescription glasses, and know they are going to a good cause.
How do I dispose of batteries?
Got some dead batteries lying around after Christmas? Household batteries can be recycled, and some councils will arrange specialist collection services to pick up batteries. However, most of the time it’s easier to take the batteries into a store where they sell batteries. A good thing to note here is that if a shop sells batteries, they also have to provide customers with a battery recycling point service. So if your local store sells batteries, it probably has a recycling point too.
What items might I find when cleaning out my kitchen?
Although your kitchen tends to be the home of food, it is often also the home of many electrical appliances, like your toaster or kettle. It might be time to upgrade some of your appliances, or it may even be time to get rid of them completely.
How do I dispose of any electrical appliances or mobile phones?
If you’re looking to get rid of your old appliances, some local councils provide services for this recycling, whether that be at a drop off point or a home collection. If it is larger electrical appliances that you want to dispose of, like a washing machine or dishwasher, then for a small fee you can pay the council to come and collect the item for you. This way you’ll know the item is being disposed of properly.
To dispose of your mobile phone, you can either give it to your local charity shop. Yes! A lot of your local charity shops will take old mobile phones. Mind, British Heart Foundation and Oxfam are among some of the shops that will take your old phone. Alternatively, if you’re looking to make a bit of money from your old phone, there are online resale websites you can also use to sell your phone.
Tidy space, tidy mind
Getting rid of household items is not always easy. It can take time and effort to get your home into the tidy state you want it to be in. But, one thing we can guarantee is that it will feel so much better once your home has been decluttered and cleaned. After all, tidy space, tidy mind and this process all starts with decluttering. Happy spring cleaning!