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Despite the best intentions in the world, it’s surprising how quickly clutter can build up in the home. Piles of clothes, collections of games consoles and heaps of other objects can grow very quickly, and before long your house is full of unnecessary ‘stuff.’

Be realistic

It’s a good idea to try and transform your good intentions into actions by taking a good long look at your home. Start with your own space, if there’s anything in the wardrobe that hasn’t been worn for over a year, you’re probably never going to wear it again. This is the time to be brave and take a trip to the local charity shop with your unwanted clothing items.

The decluttering process also applies to clothes you promised yourself that you’d be able to slim into. The sad truth is that this miracle will probably never happen if it hasn’t already taken place. If you want to keep hold of clothes but still declutter your home, consider using a company like www.alligatorstorage.co.uk. You can access your clobber as and when you need, or store it while you make plans to sell it on second hand stores.

If you have children, bribe them to clear out their rooms. One-armed dolls, or defunct mobile phones, can all be thrown away. If you are chucking out electrical goods make sure you dispose of them safely. Never throw these items into the household rubbish bins.

Develop new habits

Unless you’re running a small business you really don’t have to hang onto every paper bill or bank statement. Even if this is the case, five years is the standard time limit for retaining company documentation.

Many firms offer reductions for customers to receive their bills online so this is an ideal time to register for this service. An article in The Daily Express advises that you create a filing system for all other household documents. This will make life easier when trying to store your paperwork efficiently. Any old bills or bank statements should always be shredded. There have been too many stories about identity theft and discarded personal information for this action not to be taken seriously.

Shop differently

Stick to your shopping list. It’s very easy to buy a non-essential item in the hope that it may become useful at some time in the future. Though you’ll save money and time think carefully whether you really need an object. Kitchen gadgets that seemed like a great idea at the time of purchase often languish forgotten in drawers, taking up precious space.

If your kids assure you that the latest games console is essential for their well-being and probably world peace to boot, remind them of the other Playstations and X Boxes lying abandoned on their bedroom floors.

A place for everything…

The old adage that the key to organisational heaven is to put everything in a recognisable place still holds true. This will help minimise future clutter – just stick to this plan. The website Hints and Things stresses that order will promote happiness as well as a tidier home, and in an increasingly chaotic world, that’s not such a bad thing.

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