‘Collect memories, not stuff’, as the old (new) Instagram-friendly adage goes.  While having lots of cool things is important to the materialists among us, there really is a limit to how much you can fit into a home. The last thing that you want is to be that guy on a Channel 4 documentary about hoarding, who lives in his shed whilst his magazines take pride of place on the sofa and in the bed. So call up your local skip hire company & get ready to toss out all the clutter around your home.

While it may be hard to chuck surplus stuff out – after all, sentimental value is one hard price tag to ignore – it really is a necessary step to a simpler life.

It Gives You More Space, Physically And Mentally

Perhaps the biggest benefit that comes from a de-clutter is the additional space. Yes, it’s obvious. Yes, it’s a cliche. But we’ll say it nonetheless; ‘tidy home, tidy mind’. Indeed, the minimalist approach feels like it frees up the mind of clutter too. With more space to move freely, they’ll be less things to bump into and less distractions – a particular bonus if you work from home and are suffering from a dip in productivity.

Personalise And Streamline Your Home’s Decor

Most people who have just bought a home will naturally bring all the clutter of their previous place with them. While this sounds like a sound, sensible move, it can interfere with the sense of style of the new place. If you have an eclectic mix of décor items that don’t really match, you may want to start getting rid of some things. By decluttering your living space, you can start to streamline your decor and take control of a unique, focused ambience.

Make A Bit Of Pocket Money

Getting rid of the unwanted clutter in your home is also a great way to make a few extra quid. Organise a carboot sale, stick some stuff up on eBay or simply trade any unwanteds with friends and family. To earn a few extra karma points, give generously to charity and then feel all warm inside afterwards.

Clean Easier

If you dread cleaning your home due to the overwhelming amount of clutter you have, getting rid of unnecessary excess is essential. Keeping everything organized and clean is a more simpler (fun, even) proposition post a no-holds-barred clean up. As we all know and have no doubt been guilty of,  putting off this process will usually result in things getting much worse. Procrastination, however appealing, is never the answer. Reaching out to professionals – a house clearance service for instance – is ideal if you lack the time needed to go through the things you have in place.

It Adds Value To Your Home

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right? But if a fresh, unsentimental pair of eyes saw your home, what would they think? Do you find it hard to get rid of old magazines and newspapers – even if you only read them once? Perhaps you have a collection of family heirlooms or ornaments on display? While you might love your clutter, would a potential buyer feel the same? A lot of questions, we know, but ones you should be asking yourself if you want to maximise the sale potential of your property. Decluttering is the first step to help you on your way.

 

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Rachel is the beauty and fashion director at IDEAL. She loves trying new products and is an avid fan of London's fashion, from the high end to the high street.