HouseWow the UK's leading property styling and home staging professionals

    

 

 
Home Staging, Show homes, Interior Design, Home Improvements, House selling tips and Declutter with HouseWow®     

   Home   |   About  |   Contact   |   Team   |   Show Homes  |   Home Staging  |   Declutter  |   Interior Design |   Furniture hire  |   Testimonials  |   Gallery 

 

  Declutter tips from House Wow! 

printable declutter tips page

     

 Top tips to declutter your home or office space

  

1.  Get motivated to declutter

  

Clutter creates chaos and space creates calm

Feng Shui says that unused items accumulate Chi energy which interferes with flow of energy in home and life.  

The definition of clutter is - if its unloved and unused then it can be defined as clutter.

But if you are really unsure consider keeping things in the garage or in personal storage until you feel ready to let go.

  

        

    

The first step is to clear some of the possessions that you really don't need anymore. 

Walk around and try to view your home or office space objectively.

Try to view it as a stranger would, open the doors of cupboards and take a look at what possessions you have.

Do you like what you see? Would you prefer to have more space, see more worktop, carpet or shelving?

   

If you are decluttering to stage and sell then its really important to remember - the viewer cannot visualise how they would use the space when they see too many of your personal possessions.

  

If you are decluttering for your own space and peace of mind - then consider your home or space after this job is done and try to visualise the pleasure of seeing it clear.

  

If you really cannot face the job alone then a decluttering expert can take the pressure off and help. Its not just an extra pair of hands - there is additional motivation and support for you to make the best decisions. Declutter coaching services are available UK wide and we can advise and support without even needing to make a visit.

       

2.   Organise your decluttering

 

Have 3 boxes or colour coded bags at the ready!  Use one for the next charity bag collection, one for the rubbish dump and one to keep best accessories and items for re-placing when the decluttering job is done.  A self storage company may provide boxes at low cost.

   

Start with the spaces furthest away as the items are likely to need getting rid of - lofts, backs of cupboards, high shelves and under beds.

   

When you open a cupboard and you cannot see whats at the back then its time to get motivated and clear things out. 

   

Clear and sort bags and boxes left out in rooms.

   

Attend to storage spaces such as wardrobes and cupboards.

Deal with items on display - do you really need to dust or wipe all those items down?

Consider photos, nick-nacks-accessories - leave only the best on display to show off to the world.

Group items in 3's and have varied heights for effect. 

  

       

 

   

3.  Increase your space for the items you need

   

If you haven't used it for a year or more then you are unlikely to use it again.

Try to think of using the space more effectively for what you really want to use regularly and enjoy seeing.

Less clutter and items that you don't use just get in the way.

Imagine moving out - its better to sort things out now than when you need to pack everything away.

Enjoy your home or office space and get the most out of each room.

   

4.  Choose what to do with un-wanted items

   

Refuse tip - if its really worn, damaged or dirty then just clear it out.

Charity shop - re-usable items - let someone else get the benefit of them.

 

Free removal - Councils will take some bulky items away for free.

Free or a fee - some scrap merchants will pay or collect for free old washing machines etc.

Safely - fridges and feezers need safe disposal

Recyle - some organisations will take furniture (with fire safety labels), mobile phones and old computers

Storage - low cost self storage units or temporary storage in a garage, loft or with a family member.

Sell or auction items that you no longer need which may bring in worthwhile cash.

 

Your local House Wow declutter consultant can advise on all the options available to decltter and style your home. Contact us for more information.

   

5.  Storage solutions

   

When you decide to move the old and tired sofa or unnecessary furniture then you can decide whether to keep the open space, move around furniture for a more pleasing or practical arrangement or whether to buy a suitable storage option.  

    

Additional storage can be found in smart furniture such as sideboard, drawers, coffee tables with hidden drawers, fun wooden chests and fabulous modular storage systems that can divide functional areas in open plan kitchen/lounge/conservatory spaces. 

 

Alternatively self storage options are often available locally at reasonable prices and your House Wow Consultant can advise.
   

6.   Creating organised space in the kitchen

   

Compare the sizes of jugs and bowls - do you really need that many?

Empty the contents of each cupboard at a time so nothing escapes your scrutiny and you have to make a decision.

Avoid sentiment of unused items - old children's plastic beakers really must move on if you are to fit the essentials in there!

When replacing items in the cupboard re-think space. Make use of taller spaces for tall items, put least used items in far 

corners and try to stack items such as bowls effectively. 

Store plastic containers inside each other and put their lids in size order neatly stacked against the side and a large bowl that so they don't fall over.

   

7.  Wardrobes

   

Try on clothes that you are not sure about - one last look may help you decide to move it on!

Decide that you want to look good and feel good all the time.

Don't save too many items 'just for gardening/decorating'.

Check that items of clothes are folded neatly and not piled high - this creates more space.

Buy multi coat hangers where items such as skirts are attached at different heights to create space.

   

8.  Guest rooms - creating a haven of calm

   

Guest rooms are often used for storage but need a good clear out at least every year and pre-Christmas-guest panic.  Make decisions based on reality of what you need regularly and love not just sentiment. Take one last long look and decide to move it on.

   

9.  Memory box 

   

Use a memory box to keep small items.  You are more likely to look through a small box occasionally.  Keep focussed and store only treasured memory items.  Take photographs of large items to place in the memory box before sending the item to a charity shop for someone to get use out of them now that you don't need them.

  

        

 

   

10. Declutter support services

Find a HouseWow consultant in your area for declutter services.

  

  

 

home staging House Wow logo

Follow stagingnetwork on Twitter

Follow us 

 

     

      

Free HouseWow® Home Staging Guide

 

The HouseWow® free Home Staging Guide exclusively for HouseWow® clients. For more information see Free Home Staging Guide

   

  

 

 

  about    services    contact    sitemap     terms    privacy     associates     media      partners     resources    house selling tips 

     

 

 

Quick site content navigation links to popular pages

General

About

Contact us

Log in

Partners

Picture Gallery

Prices

Privacy

Terms

Testimonials

Media - PR

Associates 

Vacancies

Services

Cleaning Leeds

Declutter and organise

Declutter coach

Freelance Interior Designers

Furniture Hire

Furniture rental

Furniture rental Scotland

Home makeover

Home Staging

Home Staging Report

Staging for Estate agents

Staging for Builders

Hotel Interior Design

Interior Design

Landlord Furniture

Landlord furniture Rental

House Styling

Styling rental property

Show home

HouseWow® Teams

HouseWow Bedfordshire

HouseWow Bristol

HouseWow Buckinghamshire

HouseWow Cambridgeshire

HouseWow Cheshire

HouseWow Cornwall

HouseWow Cumbria

HouseWow Derbyshire

HouseWow Devon

HouseWow Dorset

HouseWow Durham

HouseWow East midlands

HouseWow Essex

HouseWow Greater Manchester

HouseWow Hampshire

HouseWow Hertfordshire

HouseWow Kent

HouseWow Lancashire

HouseWow Leicestershire

HouseWow Lincolnshire

HouseWow London

HouseWow North West London

HouseWow Norfolk

HouseWow Northamptonshire

HouseWow Oxfordshire  

HouseWow Suffolk

HouseWow Surrey

HouseWow West Midlands

HouseWow Yorkshire

House Wow Scotland

Testimonials

Declutter

Home staging

House staging

House makeover

House makeovers

Interiors

Interior design

Property staging

Quick house sale

Show home

Staged to sell

 

Articles

De-clutter open day

Property photography

Estate Agent open day

 

Tips and info pages

Best online estate agent

Decluttering Tips

Declutter your home

Declutter Leeds

Furniture rental 

Furniture rental tips

Home Insurance

Home Staging Tips

House Selling Tips

Online estate Agents

Property links

Quotes selling houses

Sell my house fast

Stamp Duty Rates

What is home staging?

FashionTracker

Home Staging course

Home Staging Course

  

Home improvement 

Bed  mattress sizes

Bedroom Furniture

Home improvement

Hot tub reviews

Wallpaper murals for walls 

Home Improvement Team

  

Property Buying & Selling

Getting a Mortgage

House Conveyancing

Home survey

Stamp Duty Land Tax Rates

Costs of selling a house

Costs of buying a house

Property valuation

Selling property privately

 

 

  

      Copyright © 2008 - 2016  HouseWow®  is a registered trading name of HSC Design Ltd  Company Registration  06576986  for Home Staging, Show homes, Declutter and Home improvement in the UK