£100 John Lewis Voucher Giveaway – Top Tips for Decluttering in 2016.

Every new year, we’re always keen to make a fresh start and for me a big part of that is to declutter the house, make more space and give everything a thorough deep clean too. Last year on New Year’s Day itself we gathered together a big pile of un-needed items from our home and gave them all away on Gumtree. This year we’ve been making numerous trips to the charity shop too, and I’m hoping to keep up with a more minimalist life this year!

There are plenty of ways you can make changes in your home to give the impression of more space too, and give a cleaner, fresher, uncluttered look.

Having light coloured walls, and plenty of natural light coming into the home can make a really big difference. I love the look of these bi fold doors from Everest Home Improvements, which allow you to create a seem less flow from your indoor living area, out to the garden. This would be so nice especially in the summer.

Everest Bi Fold Doors

Of course carefully planned storage is a big help in giving the decluttered look too. It’s not always realistic to get rid of everything, especially with a house full of kids, but having it tidily hidden away, out of the eye’s gaze can definitely make a big difference. I’ve made some simple changes to our hall way, adding a new bench with storage baskets that hold all of the kids shoes, book bags and swimming bags and means that we no longer have so much clutter in that area. Since that’s the first thing you see when you come into the home, it’s a big improvement.

Next on my list is a thorough clear out of all of our wardrobes. I like the KonMari method of asking “does it bring you joy?” and if not, it’s got to go! I’m sure this will make loads more space, and ultimately boost all of our moods – as I often find that too much clutter brings me down.

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499 thoughts on “£100 John Lewis Voucher Giveaway – Top Tips for Decluttering in 2016.”

    • Having great storage means that you can sort out all of the clutter. I try to chuck out anything I haven’t used in the past year.

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  1. We need to declutter our bedroom – there is stuff piled everywhere (we live in a flat so storage space is at a premium). We did make a start last year and I’m determined we will finish this year as I want the newly freed space for a large bookcase as my books are taking over the flat – boxes everywhere :o)

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  2. I always start decluttering after taking our Christmas decorations down – I start with the kids rooms and make room for their new toys by giving their old/un-played with toys to charity or younger cousins.

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  3. I have been really ruthless in trying declutter. Moved house last year and thought I had sorted out everything before I moved but clearly not. Each room I am decorating is getting a thorough sort out!!

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  4. I have been going through one room at a time having three boxes/piles one for keep one for throw and one for charity shop

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  5. We’ve been trying to sell alot of the things we don’t need or donate to charity, it’s helping to declutter our flat x

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  6. We’ve given given *loads* of stuff away on Freecycle / Freegle. It’s a great way to get rid of stuff that’s too good to throw away but not good enough to sell.

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  7. New Year’s Resolution to declutter all the detritus in our home. I started with my clothes and my partner has followed seeing the difference it has made. I have gone through my wardrobe and drawers 3 times so far! It is a wonderful feeling not having piles of clothes lying about as there is now room to put them away and I still have space. I have avoided 3 drawers as they are full of personal mementos and I will find them more difficult to declutter. Our goal is we each must put out 2 items each day – so far it is going well.

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  8. I’ve actually been decluttering since the summer. Getting ready to move to another house! If I bring one thing in then one goes out to the charity shop!

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  9. I’ve been getting storage tips and tricks from Pinterest! There are loads of great ideas for all rooms of the house to help declutter

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  10. I have been getting rid of clothes and other household items we haven’t used in ages. Trying to create room for our little one who is expected to arrive in February!

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  11. I’ve been decluttering our wardrobes recently and donated everything that we haven’t worn for the past year. I just think, if I haven’t worn it in such a long time, I won’t start wearing it again any time soon x

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  12. The kitchen – we have so many gadgets and baking stuff I have had to have a good sort out! Im planning on sorting the under the stairs cupboard out so I can store all my baking stuff in there. It will get done soon hopefully!

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  13. We have recently bought a new bed which does not have storage underneath, we are now having to work through all the ‘stuff’ we had under our bed either finding a place for it or getting rid of it

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  14. we have a good de-clutter twice a year, however a week or so after we seem to have filled all the newly found storage space as crammed as ever.

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  15. I moved house last year and I was really ruthless with what I got rid of. If I knew I didn’t have a use for it I recycled it or gave it away. I am really into recycling everything possible now.

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  16. My project at the moment is the playroom – I want a large wardrobe in there and then I want all the toys in tubs and the dressing up hung up so there is play space and things can come out one at a time

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  17. I have just finished decluttering the bedrooms. Been through wardrobes and drawers and took 5 bin bags of clothes to re-cycling depot! Downstairs to do next!

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  18. We have been decluttering for the last few months. It involves boxing up unwanted / unnecessary items, not actually throwing them away. Also things like cds and dvds have been taken out of their 100’s of cases and put in cd/dvd wallets saving so much space. The place certainly looks better for it

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  19. I have an incentive to declutter to make a permanent home for my sewing machine, instead of it being on the dining table and having to be moved every time we eat there. I think my biggest personal breakthrough has been realising that I don’t have to sell everything I don’t need; if it needs to go, it’s better to get it out of the house rather than necessarily to make its value.

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  20. I am going to buy a new dresser for my dining room which will give me the impetus to sort out all the clutter in my sideboard, that’s gathered over the years

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  21. I am hoping to move house this year and we are trying to declutter each room! I have lived here 21 years there is a lot of stuff!

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  22. I’ve decluttered the pantry and relocated things we never used such as the toaster, to the bin. Have also sent toys to charity and boxed up ones that are too young for my eldest but too old for my youngest and put in the loft. Next stop the kids wardrobes.

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  23. Finally going through all our old paperwork and shredding anything that wasn’t essential to keep. I can believe how much rubbish there was in our home office!

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  24. I am in the process of decluttering my house now that my children have left, I have got lots of clear plastic boxes to put stuff in and stack them in the large hallway cupboards, and big bags to put stuff for the charity shops in and also another box to put stuff in that I think is worth selling.

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  25. My friends have been really helpful when it comes to decluttering lately, with one having given birth to twins (Perfect excuse to pass things my own children have outgrown along) and another has just moved into her first flat, with a limited budget she’s been very greatful for ‘donations’.

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  26. My partner is really good working with wood, so he keeps making more shelves to accommodate all our stuff. Storing is not a problem… but we still need to declutter.

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  27. I usually have big clean after Christmas when all the decorations come down then again when it’s my sons birthday in June. I also have big clear out of clothes when the season change and store in vac bags

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  28. I plan to move my 2on’s into bunk beds in a room together, in the summer, i intend to buy lots of boxes so i can sort and label their toys in the spare room so we dont have a bedroom and living room full of toys!!

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  29. I have so much clutter it is just not funny! I have bought some vacuum pack bags and have been separating our clothes into season bags and then storing them inside our suitcases! I think I need a home makeover team in to organise me properly though!

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  30. I need a serious declutter, we have so much stuff that is never used or worn. I am going to try and start with the clothes and work through one person/room at a time

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  31. about to move house so I’ve started to give away many things to charity shops and family to help the move easier, it amazing how much junk I have accumulated

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  32. My nephew has so much stuff. Everytime i go into the room I want to nag it all and throw it out. He just won’t donate or throw anything away. Will have to do it secretly

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  33. I have been clearing out draws to shred old documents because the cupboards were overflowing. Plus I defrosted the freezer at the weekend and cleared out old food

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  34. going to get a book case so ally my books (and there are a lot) are all in one place instead of scattered throughout the house

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  35. I think it’s really important to have a good de-cluttering, I love to be organised but my husband is anything but. I honestly don’t know how he finds anything but he does, I suppose he is organised chaos!

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  36. I turn all the hangers round in the wardrobes, when I wear clothes and put them back I turn the hanger the other way. Every six months as the seasons change, I bundle up all the clothes that haven’t been worm and donate or sell them.

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  37. I plan to go through my two double wardrobes full of clothes (I mostly don’t wear!) and be ruthless in deciding what to get rid of – either ebaying items or taking them to charity shops.

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  38. I decluttered my toiletries recently, had so much body lotions, creams etc. I’d received in gift sets and never used. Had a real clear out – gave lots to friends and some to charity shops – great to have clear shelves with room for the things I really want.

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  39. I’ve been in my flat for one year now and basically just piled stuff up since – it would be time to throw away some clothes really but I haven’t done it yet

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  40. I Have been working through all my drawers etc room by room, All the things I no longer need been giving to Charity shops and ive been putting up mirrors as they give the illusion of more space 🙂 Its quite therapeutic having a good spring clean I really enjoy it x

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  41. I have fitted storage and shelves into a cuboard and hung brackets for the airer and ironing board so its on the wall out of the way when not being used

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  42. My old clothes will be going to a charity shop and I will use the space to store shoes as they all over the floor at the moment.

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  43. We’re actually moving house in 2 weeks and so de-cluttering over the last few days has been going on! Organising what can be put into storage, and what needs to go in which rooms and cupboards!

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  44. Most of my stuff has gone up in the attic over the winter – particularly summer clothes as I don’t need them and they take up space. Once spring comes we tend to get it all down and have a good sort out before putting things on eBay or donating to a charity shop

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  45. a tidy house gives a tidy mind and efficient house – but this is easier said than done, I have a lot of ‘things’ with an emotional attachment, but you need to be brutal, if you have not looked at it/used it/worn it for over 12 months, then you don’t really need it. Be brave and sell/recycle or dispose of it – but don’t replace it.

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  46. My main problem is de-luttering the kids bits! I have boxed and donated loads to charity but also have lots I cannot part with

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  47. I’m going to get rid of all old toys and do a carboot sale. Really need to buy some storage for my boys room, and be ruthless

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  48. I plan on de-cluttering the whole house. My plan is to be brutal. If it doesn’t need to be in the house and it doesn’t get used…it goes.

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  49. I started de- cluttering just after Christmas starting with the top of my bedroom wardrobe and then working my way around the room resulting in a big bag for the charity shop 🙂 I usually go room to room cleaning as I go with a bag for rubbish/recycling and a bag for the charity shop 🙂

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  50. I have been clearing out my clothes that I haven’t worn in long enough! I have sold some on ebay and I have stopped buying in more, I have done the same with my shoes I only keep what I am really going to wear

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  51. I work from home and my office seems to be the dumping ground for everyone’s stuff. I spent the weekend de-cluttering, I emptied the office completely, cleaned it from top to bottom and sorted out what needed to be in my office. Everything else I left on the kids beds along with some bin bags. This morning everything was on the floor but they’ve been warned if they don’t put everything away it’s off to the charity shop, so we’ll see how that goes.

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  52. I have a clearout once a year, my kids toys also get sorted through once a year (they decide which ones to keep or give to charity) they love helping other kids who are in more need than them so end up with a big bag of toys each year to give to charity! My motto is if it hasnt been used in the last year it hasnt been missed so it can go! X

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  53. I’ve started decluttering…under the bed! It’s the home of all of the bags of stuff that we don’t know where to put – we don’t need any of it, so I’ve been methodically working through it, bag by bag!

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  54. We move house every 3 or so years because of my job. Everytime we move I have a clear out and a carboot sale. If stuff was never unpacked from the last move, then it gets sold, donated or binned 🙂

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  55. One of the advantages to being an army family is that with the regular moves you do de-clutter with every move. I do also go through my sons clothes every couple of months and donate some to the thrift shop.

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  56. just done a big clear out of the house in preparation for my daughter due in 3 weeks! i prefer to tackle it all in one go over a couple of days

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  57. I’ve been making sure that everything in the house has a “home” and that it goes back to “home” after use rather than being left laying around.

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  58. I just collect everything we don’t use, don’t need and throw it up into the loft. It’s like a junk store up there so I’ve promised myself that I will go up there and sort when the weather gets warmer, think I’m going to need a skip.

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  59. I have been sorting out all of the kids and my old clothes to take to the charity shop, it is amazing how much extra space I have managed to create

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  60. I have just been through all the kids clothes and had a good clear out, i also found a couple of boxes of things for the charity shop and have a small pile of stuff on ebay. Im a bit of a hoarder

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  61. I am planning to declutter in the next few weeks, we are selling our house soon and need to get rid of a lot of clutter

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  62. I declutter regularly anyway but I really need a new shredder as mine broke & I now have several big boxes of shredding to be done. That would help clear a lot of space & some more storage boxes.

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  63. To be honest I really don’t keep clutter anything I don’t want like old clothes and toys etc goes straight to charity and I literally have a place for everything, there is one place that isn’t organised in my house and that is the food cupboard everything is just jammed in , in a mess

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  64. I replaced cardboard storage boxes in the loft with clear plastic ones so that I can easily see what is in each one. A real time saver.

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  65. i got the children to go through all there games and toys after christmas to make room for the new ones and the ones that were ok went to the charity shop

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  66. I’ve managed to build up lots of toiletries! I’m organising them into categories in different boxes so I use up one before opening another.

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  67. We are in the middle of a major redecoration at the moment and have been very ruthless about getting rid of stuff we don’t need or use anymore. Also have had our old storecupboard damp-proofed and repainted, so we can now use it to store the kids toys, which will give us a lot more space, thank goodness!

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  68. We did a lot of decluttering last year and the key is to be ruthless with things that you throw away. Worth it in the end.

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  69. Honestly? I don’t have much clutter. I’m good at throwing stuff out if I don’t use it. We also don’t use our garage or loft for storage. If you can put it away in a loft then you don’t actually use/need it. (only exception would be something like a cot if you’re planning more future kids.)

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  70. My daughter has turned 5 so lots of her toys have been gathered up to take to a charity shop – I kept some for baby number 2 but they’ve gone into boxes in the garage! The garage is next that needs tackling – it’s a bit of a mess 🙂

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  71. We have been brutal. we have a one bed apartment in the city and now we have a baby we are making a move .We are changing from a couple to a family so out with old and in with the new .

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  72. Starting with the spare bedroom. Its more like a walk in tip. Found the way in and now decluttering everything. A major wardrobe tidy out to start with.

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  73. I’ve filed away all my uni work from last semester ready for new classes, and I’ve gutted out my make up to put in the new dressing table I’ve been eyeing up!

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  74. We have just moved into a house with less floor space so we really had to declutter. Ended up sorting through things one box at a time and donating anything we didn’t need to a charity shop. We also change over our wardrobe each season into vacuum bags which is a great opportunity to donate any clothes we have not worn in a while!

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  75. My crafting room hasn’t been cleared out for 3 years 🙁 so for the last 2 weeks i have been taken everything off the shelves and sorting out what i need and what i don’t, then sorting all the boxes fall of material out and putting the scraps into bags, then i sewed them together and made blankets and visited the homeless to give them something to keep them warm.. clears the mind and the sole..

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  76. We’re renovating which makes de cluttering a real challenge as our stuff is spread out in odd places and moving all the time. It’s hard to know what needs getting rid of and what’s annoying simply because it doesn’t have a proper place to live.
    Slowly selling things on eBay though and as we finish renovating I’ll be making serious decisions about what stays and what goes

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  77. I am planning on getting a hi-sleeper for my eldest daughter so she can have a desk for homework and extra storage space. She has just moved in to her own room and it needs revamping!

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  78. I had a good clear out on New Years day, anything I didn’t use or wear last year I got rid of!and I took it all to the charity shop

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  79. I’ve just gotten rid of some of my clothing through a charity collection bag. And my brother in law is moving, so I’m looking for items to pass on to him.

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  80. I love organising and decluttering, so lovely when it’s nice and tidy and beautiful. I sell things , take clothes to be sold for recycling if they are worn out and do a car boot sale with the rest every now and then when I have collected enough.

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  81. Ive started with my 16 year old sons room,whilst he Is In school,I throw out what he doesnt need then leave a pile of things that we can both sort out when he gets home
    Im also doing my kitchen cupboards,When Im “on one” everyone leaves me alone as Im In the zone as they say and If It hasnt been used In the past few months In the bin It goes

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  82. Once a year my wife and I take a bin bag each and fill it with anything we no longer want (clothes; DVD’s; knick-knacks; books etc) and take it down to the charity shop. It’s amazing how much room that can create.

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  83. My wife hates clutter so always stays on top of things. Nothing is left out after use. If there is no-where to store something and it is of no use nor ornament, it gets sold or given away!

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  84. I de cluttered the kids playroom after Christmas. I bought loads of plastic storage boxes so all the toys could be put in the boxes and stacked up to create more floor space.

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  85. I sold unwanted toys and clothes on auction sites or gave away to charity to make room for new things. I have invested in storage boxes to keep everything neat and tidy

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  86. Major decluttering of the larder. As well as out of date food packets, its become a dumping ground for anything kitchen related

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  87. We have boarded out our tiny loft and have ruthlessly deposed of anything we don’t want, although it was just so difficult. We have packed everything into plastic, lidded boxes and written the contents on in permanent marker.

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  88. I’ve found an unused draw under my bed to store all my handbags. This has tidied up the wardrobe. My conservatory is my next project where everything gets dumped.

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  89. I have a big cupboard full of “junk” that hasn’t been looked at for years. This year I really want to clear it out and make some space

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  90. I plan to start clearing the spare room as it’s just been used to dump things that could be going to charity or sold on ebay.

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  91. I’ve not yet started, but my intention is to clear the house over the next couple of months. I had a major declutter about 5 years ago. It took three solid weeks (living on take aways – no time to cook!) and was a real emotional rollercoaster, but by the time I had finished it felt so liberating.
    Fab giveaway, thank you 🙂 x

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  92. I muttered i must declutter to create a bit of space,
    Old clothes, unwanted gifts and an empty luggage case.
    Spring is nigh, a clean to do from top to bottom of the home, cant stop much more to to, before im off to rome.

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  93. I need to clear a LARGE volume of items recently so started by collecting items that would be suitable for the Syrian Refugee appeal – warm or waterproof clothing, sleeping bags, wellies/boots and any basic toiletries and baby supplies I didn’t need. Then I filled a box for the local charity shop with things I didn’t want but couldn’t sell, also a box for Ebay, and a box for things that belonged to other people that needed to be returned (was surprised at how much went into this box!). Lastly a box for the recycling centre including batteries, broken toys and equipment. Just by compartmentalising one location at a time I was able to make fast decisions and clear a lot in a short space of time.

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  94. I’m trying to clear the attic. I recently took books I haven’t read for ages to a sale at our local church. Money raised is going to Kondoa. I’ve also recently given blankets for the refugee crisis. As I’m getting older it won’t be long before I won’t be able to get into the attic so little by little I’m clearing the space.

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  95. I’ve bought some lidded baskets to fit into our book case for all the photos we have knocking around in packets.. some of our drawers were full of them

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  96. We’re in the process of boarding out our loft space and adding lighting and cupboards for extra storage. We’re going to label it in seasons so we know what needs to be brought out at what time of year.

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  97. Have already started decluttering the spare bedroom and once spring has sprung I’m planning on clearing out our bomb site of a garage x

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  98. I try to live by the 2 minute rule – if it takes less than 2 minutes do it straight away means less decluttering to do in the first place

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  99. I am always de-cluttering and it seems to be a never ending task! My next big job though is my daughters bedroom! We are going to get her a Cabin Style bed with storage underneath so that there isn’t stuff everywhere (wish me luck!)

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  100. Use different coloured bags when sorting – eg black for the tip and white for the charity shop. Try and be disciplined though sometimes getting some quick wins and removing bulky items is good for morale. I try and tackle items rather than rooms eg clothes from all the house today and books from all the house tomorrow. That way you get into a single item decision-making rhythm

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  101. All bookss, DVD’S, CD’S and inherited vinyl to the British Heart Foundation Shop. All clothes toys and good clean items to The Trinity Hospice (no rubbish), items sold on ebay and the rest recycled. This process is continuous and highly recommened. We all have too much stuff!

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  102. I have been going through my wardrobe and having a good rummage through all my clothes and donating those not needed to charity.

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  103. My son went to Uni this past september so I literally blitzed his old room and must have thrown out a third of the old junk that was in there. Couldn’t believe how therapeutic it was!

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  104. We started decluttering before Chrstmas but have a long way to go. Both my daughter and I sorted out our wardrobes last weekend and gave bin bags full to charity shops. This weekend I want to tackle my numerous bookcases and under bed storage.

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  105. I am currently selling lots of unwanted items and clothes on eBay to try and make some room! I have taken lots to charity and got some new storage.

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  106. I try to clear out regularly, ask the kids what they don’t want & take it to the charity shop, but things still mount up again quickly!

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  107. Have a super clean (one room at a time though!) Go though everything. Drawers especially. Don’t need it? Dump/donate/recycle.

    Also a big fan of repurposing/relocating. A dust collector in one place can be very useful in another.

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  108. We did something quite drastic & moved house (not just for the purpose of decluttering though!) – was very therapeutic to throw away so many things we haven’t used for years.

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  109. As well as the usual new year three way sort, (charity/chuck/Ebay) have been doing some soul searching about stuff have been hanging onto for sentimental value! As I seem quite sentimental it mounts up so have tried to be a bit more ruthless, not totally there yet but have made good progress. 🙂

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  110. I am constantly trying to declutter – I am too sentimental, so recently got a large storage box and scrapbook for each of my sons. I can then sort out some choice pieces of artwork, and things to keep from their childhood, put these in the loft, and then feel better about chucking some of the other stuff away!

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  111. My husband and I have just decluttered our spare room ready for when our first baby is born in April a lot was thrown away or took to the charity shops but some things we wanted to keep we put in the loft

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  112. I have a one in one out policy, always take a bag to charity shop withn donations most weeks so stuff does not build up, once a month when I do my big food shop clean all the kitchen cupboards out and put new stuff at back, old at front so no tin/packet goes off.

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  113. To declutter I always before Christmas get a bin bag and then go through my daughters rooms and donate any Unused toys to a charity shop, this year I really had to declutter especially with their baby’s so close to Christmas and a new baby on the way 🙂 xx

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  114. I hated the clutter in the hall which everyone could see when they come in the house. I moved the coat rack to the kitchen (on the wall behind the door) and have bought a low drawer unit which sits in the hall and where all the hats, gloves,scarves, bags are now stored. My hall is now all clear and light again!

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  115. Definitely need a declutter. Me and hubby are going to sort through our stuff tomorrow and see what we need to sell as we’re a little short this month due to a large unexpected bill. Most people (my in laws included) will just throw anything out, but me and him see a potential value to everything. Why throw it out if you can benefit from it and another person can benefit too?

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  116. Im forever trying to de-clutter but I have the worlds most untidiest boyfriend, he will walk in the kitchen n leave keys, shoes, hat,scarf, phone reciepts etc etc on the table and sides! It drives me mad!

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  117. I always have a clear out before Christmas in storage cupboards and the kids room. Then I begin to start on my room after Christmas, and then slowly to do the rest of the house.

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  118. We’re having a major decluttering session, trying to free up a room to make a second spare bedroom. So far we’ve done about half the clothes and half the books, and made a start on the kitchen cupboards. I’ve noticed that as our house empties, our daughter’s house is filling up with our unwanted stuff – I think that’s our revenge for her teenage years!
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  119. I’ve started decluttering the spare room. It seems to be the place we just dump things and forget about them. The last couple of weeks ive been listing on eBay and facebook selling sites, slowly but surely!

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  120. I have already started to de-clutter, sorting clothes – many unworn – to send to fund-raising charity stall for a small hard-working dog rescue. (We adopted our lovely dog from them. The charity is completely run by volunteers, no-one gets paid. They save dogs from death row at the pound and rely on car boot sales and donations). Many need expensive vet treatments) I intend to work on each room at a time, going through wardrobes, cupboards and drawers, as over the years we have accumulated so much stuff.
    Hubby has promised to do the same in the garage and shed

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  121. I hate clutter so am always decluttering. If something hasn’t been used for about 6 months, out it goes. To the charity shop, sold on ebay or just thrown out!

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  122. Being ruthless when I declutter! Throwing out the bad and bagging up anything that is good for someone else, to take to my local charity shop. Under the stairs next! I may be gone some time…[email protected]_Carbo

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  123. I always try to stay tidy and about once a month I go on a blitz and throw things out that have been cluttering for a few months.

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  124. No real need to declutter – if you don’t keep buying things you don’t need, then you don’t need to declutter every 5 mins!

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  125. I’m planning to declutter, I think it’s a good idea to get a friend to help you if you have a lot to do as if you’re anything like me you’ll be tempted to keep so many things. If you have an outside perspective you can sort out through your things quicker and you’ll be less tempted to keep so many things!

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  126. I’ve decluttered one bedroom, but this seemed to mainly to involve moving everything into another room, that room is next on the list for decluttering.

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  127. First job planned when the weather brightens up is to get a skip and start on decluttering the garage. It holds so much clutter that the car never gets a chance to shelter there. It is full of possessions from parents, children that come back from university and put all their suitcases and household goodies in there. There are tins of half used paint, lawn mowers, wood, china and so much more. The things you think will be useful, but never will. So this is the time to blitzi it.

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  128. We’ve recently moved house and my sons going from a cot bed to a big bed so we have bought lots of tubs, shelving units and hide always for his toys and clothes to make his room more spacious.

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  129. I am having a massive de-clutter. I’m shredding paperwork, sending clothing to charity shops and am trying to organise everything else. My fiancé keeps complaining that he can’t find anything anymore but at least it’s looking neater now!

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  130. I need a serious declutter of all rooms as it’s starting to look like a hoarders home with the children’s toys and clothes. Bought a large storage unit from Ikea to make a start on sorting the living room out though. Just need to save some pennies to buy storage solutions for the rest 😉

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  131. Everytime I take something out of my wardrobe and it doesn’t fit me or I don’t feel comfortable in it, I put it in a bag to throw out/give to charity etc

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  132. Right now, my decluttering means if I don’t use it, I sell it on ebay and if it doesn’t sell, I donate it or throw it away. It’s both helping me to organize and to earn some extra cash! But some new storage solutions from John Lewis would be great!

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  133. I think Good Food magazines and cookbooks have been breeding. In our old house that wouldn’t be a problem, but we only have a tiny kitchen here, so I need to take the magazines to the doctor’s surgery and have a good think about what cookbooks I can let go. Difficult, but if I want to have room to actually cook, it needs doing.

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  134. I have been sorting out clothes kids have grown out of and bagging them up. gonna get photos of them and put them on selling pages to make some money back

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  135. I actually love to have a declutter every once in a while. Today, I am going to go through all of our children’s books and give away the ones that are too young for us now. Another day, I would go through a wardrobe or a drawer. It’s always nice to get that extra space!

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  136. Trying to do one decluttering task each weekend – last weekend, it was the shelving unit (and all the storage boxes on it!) in the lounge.

    This weekend it’s divan drawers!

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  137. I go through one room at a time and be strict with myself. i do piles which i find easier i.e throw away, donate & sell piles.

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  138. We recently decluttered our living room by moving toys up to bedrooms now the children are old enough to use the stairs by themselves 🙂 amazing how much room toys take up

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  139. i plan to buy lots of storages boxes in different sizes so when i open my cupboards thing don’t fall out. things will sorted into KEEP- THROW-RECYCLE, all boxes will be labeled so i know whats in them without rooting through everything

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  140. I am lucky enough to have a room which I use solely for sewing and crafting which I have recently decluttered and organised using a storage boxes and shelving. I found things I’d forgotten I had!

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  141. I have the wonderul Flylady to help me, so I set my times for 5 minutes once or twice a day and declutter something. It really helps to keep things under control

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  142. i made my self a promise this year that i would declutter for 15 minutes a day . i am nearly done and life is so much easier. now i dont have piles of stuff everywhere and everything has a home i barely spend any time cleaning up and have more time to spend with my daughter 🙂

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  143. i’ve been quite ruthless in january and threw out/recycled any clothes or items that i’ve not worn or used for months!!

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  144. I tend to declutter on an ongoing basis – in a very random and non methodical way! I’ll just notice like a drawer or shelf or something that looks messy, and sort it out, throwing or giving away what I can 🙂

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  145. I do one room at a time. I am currently decluttering my kitchen cupboards and do one cupboard at a time, otherwise you get bored and lose interest. Little and often

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  146. My kitchen cupboards are next on the list. I like to keep things quite minimal but sometimes it gets a little out of hand. My tip is keep on top of clutter!

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  147. If you have too many mementos from your past, filter them down – no one needs to keep every birthday card they ever received! Buy a nice box and only keep enough items to fit in the box & recycle/ bin everything else, it’s not easy but you’ll be thankful for the space

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  148. i have been totally ruthless and if i haven’t used something for over a year or worn for the same amount of time it goes and am only keeping my favourite dvd’s and books also

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  149. I’ve gone through all my children’s old toys and donated them to charity as well as their old clothing that can’t fit anymore!

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  150. Me and my friends are having a swishing party so that we can swap all the clothes, shoes and make-up that we no longer need.

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  151. Love the does it bring you Joy mantra, will put this into practice. I clean in situ so if I’m having a shower I clean the bathroom etc…..

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  152. Getting more cupboards has made it tidier, as well as having the occasional car boot sale. Our lean-to is still a colossal mess though!

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  153. Every month we have a small decluttering session, we do donate often to a local charity, that does prevent things getting out of hand

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  154. I’m trying to stick by my ‘if I haven’t used it, or thought about it for 2 years it goes’ rule, unless its sentimental of course (which almost everything seems to be now…!

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  155. I go through my stuff and yhe kids, and if it’s not been seen, worn or played with for over 6 months I either bin, pass it on or sell, to de clutter and keep on top of things, as my mum is a horder I really don’t want to end up with her favourite saying ” oh keep that it will come in handy one day”.

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  156. dont be too sentimental about things, keep all your special things in a ‘memory box’ to bring out from time to time, to make you smile, then recycle, sell, or give to charity everything else that is useful

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  157. Determination and will power, that’s my receipt for de-cluttering. I find it really hard to make myself to do it, but once started can’t be happy enough for getting back all the space that was cluttered!

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  158. determination and will power. That’s my receipt for de-cluttering. It’s hard to make youreslf do it, but once started can’t be happy enough about all freed space!

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  159. In December we get rid of loads of old toys because of Christmas coming and 2 of the children have birthdays in December and January

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  160. I do it little and often when the kids are at school. I get organised before hand. Declutter by room weekly. Found it easier. More efficient

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  161. I’ve been following the ‘KonMari’ method from’The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ by Marie Kondo. Totally effective and totally life changing.

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  162. Been filling up charity sacks when they arrive and doing a bit of sorting at a time. Have sorted kitchen cupboards and now can see what we have and make lists on what we need.

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  163. have been decluttering a little each day,and taking items to charity shop,or things that are broken straight to the tip!! rooms are now looking good!!

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  164. I use cutlery drawer inserts in lots of places to help keep things tidy. Particularly good for make-up or that kitchen drawer full of batteries, elastic bands and odd screws.

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  165. Recently decluttered our garage, got things out the rafters and off to the tip, sorted out old things we’d not used in 10 years and took them to the charity shop, cleared the floor, cleared surfaces as much as we could, even damp dusted the inside of the garage door! Get me!

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  166. I think the most important thing to do when de-cluttering is to concentrate on one room at a time. If you want to store items for future use, make sure you do it properly. Box items securely and label the boxes and if you’re storing delicate clothing, use acid free tissue paper.

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  167. I live in one room in a shared house, so there’s a constant need to keep things tidy and decluttered as I just don’t have the space to be messy!

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  168. I’ve been quite strict with myself since the start of the new year, if I havn’t used it in 2015, I probably won’t in 2016 so off to the charity shop it goes! 🙂

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  169. I moved house in December after 30 Years n the same house. I tried to be ruthless with my decluttering. I was acfrequent visitor to all the link cal charity shops & my car could navigate itself to the lcal authority recycling area!!
    However now I:m in my new house, which I’m delighted to say has plenty of storage space I still have too much, particularly clothes and I’m planning another clear out. As the saying roughly goes you wear 20% of your clothes for 80% of the time!!!! I think this is definitely true for me.
    Whilst planning my move I found the Kon Marie methods – I fold all my clothes in draweers using her method now.
    I find YouTube a great resource for inspiration. There is a wealth of clips on there showing you handy hints and tips re storage and decluttering. I find these clips invaluable.

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  170. Lots going on here books, clothes and ornaments going to the charity shop. Im clearing at least 5 things a day to slowly get the house under control.

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  171. Every 6 weeks (every half term) I try and declutter kids’ room as it seems to be storing all our unnecessary things! Bags full of charity clothes! I really have no idea if or how they grow out of their clothes so fast! I try to keep everything to minimum and don’t keep things we don’t need (although my husband would love to keep most of the things “for later”) 🙂

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  172. we have started by putting broken toys in been next step is putting out stuff they have grown out of we also clear out kids clothes a few times a year and give them to friends so there little ones can use them

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  173. I am currently sorting out my clothes as I am using 2 wardrobes and most of it I don’t wear! It’s good to have a declutter regularly, I feel like I declutter my mind at the same time

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  174. These are really terrific ideas! I agree that there are many ways to refresh your home and give it a brighter and cleaner look. I need to take a little bit more for my house because I was really busy lately and it is a mess. I am planning on doing a renovation in the spring, as well. Thank you for sharing these great ideas!

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  175. At the end of the winter I clear out all the winter clothes that I didn’t wear that year, but kept just in case I might. I do the same at the end of summer too. Sometimes I give clothes two season’s chance – especially if they’ve been favourites in the past. After that though, if they haven’t been worn, they’re out!

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  176. I have bought a few ottomans with dividers in to keep things I have no proper storage for. They also serve as seats and a coffee table.

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  177. We’ve bought lots of new storage. I’ve also been going through my cupboards and eBaying anything I haven’t used/worn in the past 2 years.

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  178. Be ruthless! Any clothes in your wardrobe that you haven’t worn in the past year, place in recycling – make lots of space for clothes to hang freely.

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  179. We are re clearing all all cupboards and drawers and throwing what we don’t need and then re organising them so it all fits back in neatly.

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  180. We’re hoping to move house this year so definitely need to declutter, it just having the motivation to get started. I walk in E spare room, look at it and walk back out lol

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  181. I have cleared out my side room, got a load of cheap bookcases and storage boxes and labelled them up so I can find what I need easier

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  182. I have just finished redecorating my bedroom. We took down the huge, barely used wardrobe and have up cycled a vintage charity shop wardrobe!

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  183. I am in the process of decluttering my craft room. It got to the stage where I wasn’t making cards or doing paintings because there wasn’t room.

    I started by putting up shelves to create extra storage space. Now all my paper and card lives on shelves and not on the floor, cahirs and table. Rubber stamps live in drawers where they should.

    Now I need to learn to be ruthless and throw out or sell stuff I do not use because I have too much stuff.

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  184. I’ve had such a major declutter recently and it feels amazing – now the real challenge is going to be not filling it up with more clutter!

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  185. Both my daughters have recently left home so this has been the catalyst for me changing carpets, curtains, furniture and decorating. This has lead to major decluttering all over the house. I’ve always been the one that never throws anything out (which drives my husband crazy!) but I seem to have had a new lease of life and find it quite therapeutic.

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  186. I’ve been ebaying everything I don’t need anymore to try and get rid of the things I no longer use/need….I have put shelves up in my cupboards in the kitchen and bedrooms and have rearranged everything to try to better utilise the space.

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  187. Be ruthless. I start with the children’s toys, if my daughter hasn’t played with one for a while I take it to the charity shop. Then clothes..I sell these on and have made a surprising amount of money from it! I organise everything so it’s in order, at least it looks a bit smarter then!

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  188. I have worked my way through every room in the house getting rid of anything that we no longer need. I agree with you how it lifts your mood. The one exception to this are my books. I cannot bear to part with any of them 🙂

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  189. I’ve just been trying to find places for everything, A room looks a lot less cluttered if everything is in its rightful place & not left out. It also makes everything easier to find.

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  190. We have just bought a load of tupperware and plastic storage and reorganised our kitchen cupboards. It looks so much neater now, everything is easy to get to and we used the time to clear out all those bits and pieces in the back of the cupboard that we never use.

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  191. I’m going to declutter our bedroom. I’ll give some to charity and sell other bits and pieces to go towards our holiday fund to celebrate being together 20 years.

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  192. I’ve sorted my bedroom cupboards and draws out today and have got lots to take to the charity shops tomorrow. I plan to declutter one room at a time.

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  193. I have been sorting through my girls old clothes that I had saved in case my third baby was also a girl (he’s not) so now I’m selling and sending to charity

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  194. I have plans! They are to go through the house room by room with a bin bag, a bag for charity and a bad for storage and anything that’s not really being used can go in one of the three. We really need to declutter, especially toys, our house is too small!

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  195. I am afraid i am a complete hoarder but, after months of persuasion and nagging lol i have plucked up the courage to finally declutter. I have found it very helpful to take before and after photographs of the area/ cupboard or room you have decided to tackle. It is VERY rewarding to look at your achievement from what was a MESS and now lovely and tidy 🙂 X x

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  196. I have been sorting through all my clutter and taking anything I dont need or haven’t used for 6 months down to my local charity shops x

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  197. i have a huge cupboard upstairs but it has only one shelf and is such a waste of space so i plan to turn it into a cupboard to hold all my craft things and sewing machine to give me a little nook to call my own

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  198. So far I have gotten rid of:
    4 sets of bedding
    12 pairs of shoes
    8 bags
    and 60 pairs of socks!!!! (yes that is right 60 pairs and I still have a drawer full!)

    I’ve given it all away on freecyle with lots of it going to a lady who collects for the homeless

    I’m working on one drawer / cupboard / box at a time and beiing brutal
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  199. I’m doing little and often, a place for everything and everything in it’s place and not bringing clutter into the home or garden by not making impulse buys and keeping to the do I really want it/need it/will I use it mantra.

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  200. things go into the loft which we wish to keep most go to charity or family members so nothing goes into the bin which is good hopefully we are going to redecorate this year too, fabulous giveaway

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  201. We have had a major post Christmas de clutter, some of the gifting sites are great for things that are too good for throwing away

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  202. A strict half an hour each day devoted to decluttering – can really see the results immediately and not too long to get bored or want to put it off.

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  203. My husband moans at me for being a hoarder but he is just as bad! Well you never know when it may come in useful! I have been trying to go through one drawer or one cupboard every day and being pretty ruthless with it. Will take time but I will get there. Fun discovering some of the things I have put away (but not used as yet lol) Also trying to stop myself from buying kitchen gadgets that look fab but never get used (like the spiralizer I have just bought – still in the box)

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  204. Thank you for the giveaway! I intend to sort out all the clothes that no longer fit me or I don’t wear anymore and donate them to a charity shop.

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  205. I’ve just started decluttering our kids bedrooms.
    I have donated lots to charity and I’m planning to do a car boot once they begin.
    I’ve also bought some storage boxes, to get things organised.

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  206. fed up of clutter – head on tackle so taking a room a month to clear completely of clutter and get some trays organising boxes for little odds and ends that fill up drawers, first room is the living room

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  207. We’ve had my daughter and six year old grand-daughter living with us since last March and it has been lovely.To have spent all this time with my little grand-daughter has just been wonderful.The down side is,we don’t have a very big house and although the bulk of her things are in storage we have no room at all.They’ve obviously had the two spare bedrooms but things have sort of spread everywhere,a bit like tendrils of a plant,slowly taking over.Her house will we ready to move into in early April and although I’ll miss them both it will be lovely to get our house back and no struggling past units and toys in the hall .>the house will be tidy once more and I’m already thinking I’ll miss them !

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  208. we have built in wardrobes so i’ve shortened the hanging space and put shelving at one end and above the rail for things like bags belts tops and things and one at the bottom for shoes i also sort cupboards weekly and use up things and drain all little bits of shower gell bubble bath into the hand wash and all clothes are sorted before being packed away at end of the seasons

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  209. I have tried to keep on top of it, as I go. As soon as the kids have grown out of something I have either passed it on to a friend or donated straight away. Cd’s &DVD’s that are no longer wanted have been sold or passed on. Paperwork has been dealt with and shredded as needed. I’m getting there and storage boxes are a life saver.

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  210. We try and do it room by room and usually find bits and bobs to eBay and we then use the proceeds of that to buy whatever new items we need.

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  211. I am going through the whole house decluttering everything room by room atm as I’m fed up of all the clutter. I’m being ruthless with items and clothes and its either going to be binned, recycled or donated depending on the condition. My goal is a tidy, clutter free house and everything put away in the right places! I have quite a few children so I am getting them in on the act and making it into a fun game based on the kids programme that made the kids put things in “Love It or Lose it” decluttering piles! We will be able to repaint the rooms once they are tidy!

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  212. One of my sons wardrobes which I use for storage needs sorting through, once I have done this it will create some space for my craft stuff.

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  213. my utility room adjacent to the kitchen is a dumping ground .. but, we need it all .. just good organisation and storage shelves are needed x

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  214. One advice for decluttering is to be absolutely ruthless when throwing out clothes – NO, you will never fit into these jeans from 1999 again!

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  215. I’ve read the Kon Mari book and joined a few decluttering Facebook groups for encouragement, now I just have to start. I’m pregnant and baby is due May 31st so need to get a move on!

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  216. Every so often i have a clear out and if i haven’t used something for over a year then i consider getting rid of it whether by giving it to family or a friend or donating them

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  217. I’ve been ruthless, and thrown out bits that have fallen apart. Some items have gone to charity, and the rest in storage boxes.

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  218. We have been selling things on ebay to declutter. We are hoping to move this year so this voucher would come in very handy. Thank you for this fab giveaway xx

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  219. I always have a declutter before I start my spring cleaning so I have less to move when I clean skirting boards etc..I have already started and have given lots to charity, it is very time consuming but rewarding to see it all done x

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  220. I’m inundated with clutter and really don’t know where to start, I sometimes think it would be easier just to throw everything away and start again! I’m always donating to charity or selling but then I have a bad habit of buying more!

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  221. I like to have a big clear out every now and then, do a car boot.. and get rid of things that no one uses/wants anymore.. 😀

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  222. I am surrounded by clutter! I did have a shredding session at the weekend, but I need to part company with a lot of clothing 😄

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  223. We are in the process of boarding out our loft and fitting lights so we can use it as storage – as long as it is not habitable ( ie make into a bedroom / have power outlets ) you dont need to have it fire checked so not as expensive as we first thought and will give another 24 sq foot of storage – cant wait to declutter stuff up there

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  224. We’ve been putting stuff on Ebay or giving things away to charity shops! We have a good declutter every couple of months or so.

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  225. We try to keep our house free of clutter. I put aside things we no longer need and then advertise them on Freecycle or give them to charity.

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  226. I always have several charity bags and when a room looks cluttered it gets cleared which normally happens every few months xxxxxxx

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  227. We’ve had to have some work done in our bedroom so rather than just move everything out and back in again we have spent the last week getting rid of everything we don’t use so we have less to move

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  228. Do a room at a time, a space or corner at a time if it’s too daunting all at once. Give away stuff you haven’t used to charities but beware of kerbside van drops as there are fake charity vans or non-charity vans picking them up and also the charity doesn’t always get all the money. Take it to the shop instead yourself when you have time.

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