De-Clutter Your Home

Whether you’ve just moved house or need to, having too much clutter in your home can be very frustrating and can lead to confusion and exasperation. There’s a lot of truth in the saying “tidy house, tidy mind”! If your home is full of clutter, or you’ve downgraded to a smaller property and need some clever storage solutions, keep reading for some good ideas on how to make the most of your space and get organised in the process.

Have a Clear Out
The most obvious thing to start with is to go through all your belongings and assess whether you still need them all! If it’s something you collect then this may be different, but if it’s just clothes and knick-knacks then there’s always some streamlining that can happen, no matter what it is. Go through your clothes, and as long as it’s not a special or sentimental piece, consider donating anything you haven’t worn for a year to charity. If it’s too old or tatty – throw it away! You will feel lighter with less belongings and you’ll feel better by donating things to charity shops that desperately need them. Be ruthless – sort things into piles of ‘Rubbish’, ‘Charity’, ‘Not Sure’ and ‘Keep’. If you haven’t used anything in the maybe pile in the next month then heavily consider getting rid of it! This is a great trick for slimming down your unnecessary possessions.

Make Use of Your Loft
If you live in a house, make sure you don’t forget about your loft! This is a great place for storage if you don’t use the space for a room, and one than can be often used in the least practical way. Before putting anything in it, have a look around and assess the storage space, and see if you can make any more of it than it already is. Consider a loft conversion to make the most of it, and fit a loft hatch so you can easily access your belongings. These can be made to measure, and you can purchase one that fits flush with the ceiling should you want to keep the storage space inconspicuous and unnoticeable. The biggest point here is to ensure you don’t cram lots of extra things from your house into your loft without organising it all! It will be painstaking and time-consuming, so go through everything you put in your loft before you start, and keep a list of everything you put in. Invest in lots of plastic boxes and a label maker, and start by putting things away by category (kids, tech, books, bedding, etc). This way, you won’t despair when you have to sort through the loft whenever you move or need something!

Be Creative with Boxes
Once you’ve streamlined everything that you can, you might be left with lots of things that need to be kept altogether in their storage. This is where stylish boxes and crates can come in really handy and are perfect for this type of thing. If you don’t need immediate access to things, store older clothes and out-of-season shoes in rolling storage boxes which can be kept under beds, in closets and on top of wardrobes to keep them out the way. Invest in clever storage devices such as upright shoe racks, thin bookshelves that can be kept along your walls, dividers for shelves to store multiple layers of items – there are so many clever ways to repurpose everyday items to help organise your home. Invest in jars and pots to keep little bits and bobs in, and everything will look neater before you know it.

Take it room by room and you will have a clutter-free home before you know it. If you do one room a weekend and get through the house in a couple of months, you won’t regret spending the time doing it, and your family and your future self will thank you!

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Declutter & Donate Your Preloved Clothes Today!

When it comes to decluttering our wardrobes, it can be so tempting to throw our old clothes out and revamp them entirely. But what if I told you that you can declutter and raise some money for charity at the same time?

With Steve and I currently trying to lose weight and having lost almost three and a half stone between us so far, we are going through our clothes and getting rid of the ones that no longer fit – we need smaller sizes so are getting rid of all the bigger stuff. We normally donate to our local charity shops but it can be quite difficult to get the clothes to the closest charity shop as we live in a village and have to go outside of the village to take them.

However, there are ways of donating your clothes to charity which don’t require you having to go out of your way to get them to a charity shop. iCollectClothes are based in the UK and have a great business model. They attract small charity organisations – those ones that may struggle to raise funds when up against the bigger name charities. They spread the word about them and help to raise valuable donations towards their cause. It is a great way to donate your clothes – decluttering them and helping charities benefit from them too.

So how does it work? The person donating the clothes chooses which charity they want the funds to go to and fill in all their important details. The company arrange the request and collect the clothes and then sell the collection of clothes to raise funds for the donors chosen charity. It is quick, it is easy and stress free for all those involved. You have a less cluttered wardrobe and the charity gets some much needed funds.

I believe this to be such a great idea. It helps you to raise money for causes you feel passionately about. There are currently a few small charities that are available for you to raise funds for. There’s Do Not Delay if cancer charities are close to your heart, the Remus Horse Sanctuary if you prefer to raise funds for animals and even the Colostomy Association if you want to raise funds and awareness for people living with a stoma.

If you are looking for a great way to donate your preloved clothes so that others can get some use out of them and money can be raised for charities you feel passionate about, then I would certainly recommend checking out iCollectClothes. With a passion for supporting the smaller charities in society, they are helping you to raise funds where they are needed post – and what could be better than that?

I’m definitely going to be sorting out a few more bags for iCollectClothes and our chosen charity as we continue to declutter through our bedroom and get rid of all the clothes that no longer fit us. After all, if we are not using them it would be better that someone else got some use out of them, right?