Decluttering for the Clutter Lover – plus win £150 of John Lewis Vouchers with Everest

It’s that time of year where I keep seeing the word ‘declutter’ everywhere. The problem is I like clutter, I am a hoarder, an archivist, a museum curator in waiting. BUT that doesn’t mean I like my home to be a mess, so how can you keep on top of things without having to get all minimal? 

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1- I like a shelf full of books and nik naks, but in order to ensure my things look good I do need to keep numbers under control. I now realise I don’t have to everything on display all the time, I can rotate them so I get different looks for different seasons. Get your curator hat on and think through your displays – try and link items with a theme; be it colour, shape, TV series (just me who has a Dr Who collection?!) or era – to create a cohesive look rather than a jumble sale feel.

2 – Make sure there is a home for everything, then when you are tidying round everything has somewhere to go, rather than just creating piles of stuff on the floor to fall over. Good storage is your friend. If the floor is clear, the room feels bigger, even if the walls are covered with shelves heaving with joy. And speaking of walls, plain white really is best if you want to have a myriad of items on display – they show up better that way! (Tho I do love a bit of busy wallpaper on occasion too!) 


My lounge – tidy? Yes. Minimal? Not so much.

3 – Toys I can part with. Unless they are MY toys – yes, I have a collection of sci-fi geek and punk rock idol dolls, they aren’t going anywhere – but my kids unused, unloved or grown out of toys – they can go! TOP TIP – Do not sort toys with kids around. As soon as you put a toy that has been untouched for months into a box to give away, it suddenly becomes the most fascinating thing your kids have EVER seen. Do it when they are asleep or out, then get it out of the house and down the charity shop before they notice. NB Remember not to pop into that charity shop with your kids for the next few months, or you will have to buy back what you gave away.

4 – Keep on top of things, but in bite sized pieces. One shelf at a time is one of my favourite methods. I take everything down, give it a dust, and put it back arranged nicely, switching things out sometimes. And remember even us collectors end up with items we no longer love – if you don’t love it – bin it, sell it or donate it. Then you can justify buying something else right?!

5 – Be proud of your eclecticism. OK, you are no minimalist, but that doesn’t mean your house can’t be beautiful – many of my favourite interiors shine with the character of the people who live in them. Clutter can be beautiful too, keep it dusted, keep it displayed beautifully and it will win my heart faster than any empty minimal space ever will!

Really the key thing we are all looking for, whether we are clutter lovers or minimalists, is that airy feeling of space. Like I mentioned in my tips above, for me, a clear, preferably freshly hoovered floor makes the room feel big and tidy. You can also utilise things like mirrors to reflect light around the room, or you can use what space you have wisely. Everest have come up with some ingenious bi fold doors (seen below) that cleverly create the illusion of more space. These would look AWESOME in place of my patio doors and would really bring the garden inside in the Summer. (Summer, how I miss thee!!).

Are you a clutter lover like me or a minimal kind of person? Everest would love to know your tips for creating space and de-cluttering, and they have offered my readers a chance to win £150 of John Lewis vouchers. Simply leave me a comment with your top tips, then complete the rafflecopter form below to make sure your name is in the hat. You can also gain extra entries by following Everest and myself on social media – check the rafflecopter form for details.

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  1. January 19, 2016 / 9:58 am

    As much as I would love to be a minimalist. My house is full of clutter. Too many books (then again, you can never have too many right?) Too many toys, too many rubbish we’ve collected over the years, but refuse to throw away. Like shells we collected on a beach in Africa, pine-cones that hold some special memories. They all gather dust and really ought to throw them away. But I can’t 🙁 As for top tips, I have loads of different baskets, from plastic ones to wicker ones. The truth is though, they only work for a while 🙁 x
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    • Anneke bevan
      February 8, 2016 / 1:59 pm

      Start by making the bed. Place things you baby used/worn the past year on the bed to be got rid of.
      Be frivolous 🙂

  2. Tracy K Nixon
    January 19, 2016 / 9:59 am

    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.

  3. iain maciver
    January 19, 2016 / 10:14 am

    get some help to make a start

  4. Tracy Hanley
    January 19, 2016 / 10:36 am

    start with your wardrobes , if it doesnt fit anymore no point keeping hold of it , under bed storage is great

  5. Tracey Peach
    January 19, 2016 / 10:56 am

    Take one room at a time & have a plan for where the discarded items are going I.E Charity or the tip 🙂

  6. jennifer hull
    January 19, 2016 / 11:03 am

    if you havnt used or worn it for 2 years… then someone else may really love iot… donate it to a charity….

    January 19, 2016 / 11:05 am

    I am a real hoarder so need to de clutter

  8. Donald McLeman
    January 19, 2016 / 11:06 am

    Take it room by room and consider whether you’ve used it in the last year

  9. January 19, 2016 / 11:07 am

    Every time you buy more books/dvds etc. and especially at Christmas, when you get more stuff, collect an equal amount of stuff to get rid of either to sell on ebay/CEX etc or to go to the charity shop. By asking yourself what your least favourite books and dvds are each time you add to your collection and ditching them, you will also improve the overall quality and likeability of what you have left.
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  10. stephen
    January 19, 2016 / 11:07 am

    Ask yourself: WHEN will I next use it?

    If you can’t be specific (none of this ‘it might come in useful one day’ malarkey!), dispose of it.

  11. Paula Readings
    January 19, 2016 / 11:22 am

    the storage bags that you suck the air out of are great for storage.

  12. Heather Weir
    January 19, 2016 / 11:27 am

    Deal with mail and other stuff every day – don’t let it build up.

  13. em
    January 19, 2016 / 11:30 am

    I hate clutter .. If I lived alone Id be very minimal .. unfortunately 5 kids and a partner puts a stop to that. I am quite ruthless and I only keep things that are very sentimental.

    Tip for kids drawings .. take a photo of them and bin them x

    we do very frequent trips to the charity shops with clothes that are outgrown/ no longer worn

  14. amy fidler
    January 19, 2016 / 11:34 am

    one room at a time,use storage boxes,always donate any items to charity that you haven’t used/worn in 3 months x

  15. samantha price
    January 19, 2016 / 12:00 pm

    have a bag and keep putting items in it

  16. Rachel Stephenson
    January 19, 2016 / 12:19 pm

    Sign up to e-bay for selling or other sites. Start with one room first and ask yourself if you really are going to need/use the item in the year…has been sat there for years…get rid.

  17. Martina Pichova
    January 19, 2016 / 12:21 pm

    Put things you don’t use but can’t bear to rid of into the attic. If you don’t miss it for a year, you wont miss it at all.

  18. January 19, 2016 / 12:23 pm

    If you don’t love it or don’t use it get rid of it. I have been decluttering for a year and feel I am finally getting somewhere!

  19. Bev
    January 19, 2016 / 12:23 pm

    If I haven’t used it for a year, it’s gone!

  20. Abigail Cullen
    January 19, 2016 / 12:28 pm

    Going through your wardrobe and chest of drawers and having a good tidy through all your clothes to see what you actually will wear again and giving what you won’t wear to charity.

  21. Lisa Rowsell
    January 19, 2016 / 12:41 pm

    Be ruthless, and get rid of unwanted/unused items. Buy some storage boxes, and label them so you safely know where everything is.

  22. Nichole
    January 19, 2016 / 12:42 pm

    My top tips are to throw mail and other unnecessary paper into the rubbish bin as soon as possible. Once or twice a year sort through clothing and donate anything you have not worn. Be a conscious shopper and do not purchase items without a purpose or items that will just fill your house. Donate children’s items once they have outgrown them.

  23. aaron broad
    January 19, 2016 / 12:56 pm

    Little and often to keep it from building up

  24. Dawn Gould
    January 19, 2016 / 1:12 pm

    We have lots of little nooks and crannies in our house that are somewhat like wasted space so we have built shelves into as many as we can to create storage in the place that would otherwise be unused. We have them above the stairs, above the fishtank, around the electric meter…!!
    Thank you for being someone to finally write about de-cluttering without simply suggesting you should have nothing!

  25. kim neville
    January 19, 2016 / 1:18 pm

    Do each room separately and put into piles of charity, rubbish and things you want to keep. Be strict and don’t hoard anything

  26. ashleigh allan
    January 19, 2016 / 1:35 pm

    Have a clear out regularly and be brutal! Dont keep things you dont need!

  27. Jennifer Haden
    January 19, 2016 / 1:43 pm

    I like to regularly de-clutter, so thing’s don’t get out of hand. Maybe once every season, I like to go through things x

  28. lindsey stuart
    January 19, 2016 / 1:50 pm

    Do a little de cluttering each day
    try to be organised only keep things you are really going to use 🙂
    Maybe sell some goods every little helps when especially when you are moving home
    Don’t buy anything else in not unless you really need it

    January 19, 2016 / 1:58 pm


  30. Isabel O
    January 19, 2016 / 2:02 pm

    You should be ruthless about what you get rid of. Think about if you really need it. Old magazines, random books you don’t read, etc.

  31. Catherine McAlinden
    January 19, 2016 / 2:07 pm

    Turn all your hangers round the wrong way in your wardrobe. At the end of the year, take out all the clothes that haven’t been put back in correctly. You now know which clothes you dont wear!

  32. Michael Rattray
    January 19, 2016 / 2:16 pm

    Clear out a little at a time and don’t let things build up

  33. Kayleigh White
    January 19, 2016 / 2:17 pm

    Move your clutter to one specific area of your home! Write a list and on a certain day take it to the tip!

  34. emily omara
    January 19, 2016 / 2:34 pm

    put things away behind doors so it looks less cluttered, have a few key decorative pieces out

  35. Mary Heald
    January 19, 2016 / 2:49 pm

    Wait until everybody is out! Then be ruthless! Provide boxes with kids so they can be stacked.

  36. Eva Vida
    January 19, 2016 / 2:54 pm

    we just moved so I realized how many things I have that I don’t need.I had to throw out many things as we moved to a smaller place as well.Gave some clothes and other things to charity shops,so we have more room now

  37. Tam B
    January 19, 2016 / 2:57 pm

    If you haven’t used it for 6 months then bin or put in the attic.

  38. Jacki Mactaggart
    January 19, 2016 / 3:16 pm

    It’s hard sometimes but you need to make space around you so you can think clearer. Anything you haven’t worn/or kids haven’t then think of how it may benefit someone else..or their child? You can so feel that ‘glow’ when you feel you’ve helped out someone else. Box up the unpartable things and make a spot in loft.
    Stay focused x

  39. Sheila Hodgson
    January 19, 2016 / 3:25 pm

    Move all the bags heading to the charity shop to the back door.
    Offer contents to visiting friends for 2 weeks and then take remnants to the charity shop

  40. Christine Caple
    January 19, 2016 / 3:31 pm

    Have regular clear outs so that things don’t mount up too much.

  41. Sinead ORourke
    January 19, 2016 / 4:02 pm

    Put all your clothes in a box. Then when you take out an item ask yourself do you wear it? (in one pile) can someone else get enjoyment out of it? (in another pile) You soon will see what you exactly need.

  42. Michaela Smith
    January 19, 2016 / 4:03 pm

    If you find it hard just take it one draw or section of a room at a time! I always keep a bag ready for the charity shop which I pop things into when I’m tidying ..once the item is in the bag I soon forget about what ever it is and find it easier to give away! 🙂

  43. Tania Atfield
    January 19, 2016 / 4:11 pm

    Throw out anything not being used for few years because you probably won’t

  44. charlotte
    January 19, 2016 / 4:32 pm

    i always say to myself “do we need it?” as opposed to do we want it, i think that gets rid of a lot of clutter 🙂

  45. Samantha Jerome
    January 19, 2016 / 5:06 pm

    give stuff to charity every month

  46. Kristina Trick
    January 19, 2016 / 5:10 pm

    Sometimes you need to get tough and less sentimental. Do I really to to keep things just in case of this and just in case of that. Even if I do suddenly loose 3 stone buy a new dress don’t keep the old ones

  47. john jackson
    January 19, 2016 / 5:19 pm

    I tend to put it all in one wardrope and just leave till it builds up the of to charity shop

  48. adeinne tonner
    January 19, 2016 / 5:19 pm

    If you haven’t used it in six months then bin it!!

  49. Andrew Petrie
    January 19, 2016 / 5:22 pm

    Occasional visits to a car boot sale !

  50. Janice
    January 19, 2016 / 5:24 pm

    don’t do it when you are having a glass or two of wine as it takes much longer

    January 19, 2016 / 5:26 pm

    Buy Ikea storage systems

  52. david hamill
    January 19, 2016 / 5:27 pm

    Best advice is to be bold and as unemotional as possible. Really think whether you need it or not and if you have doubts, get rid.

  53. January 19, 2016 / 5:28 pm

    If you havent used it in a year get rid of it. Put the items on ebay and make a profit from decluttering.

  54. Suzanne Sendell
    January 19, 2016 / 5:29 pm

    Start with wardrobes and chest of drawers,be brutal,dont think that that dress you bought 3 years ago that you planned on dieting for will fit you soon xx
    Ask yourself “do I really need this?

  55. Ray Becker
    January 19, 2016 / 5:39 pm

    Don,t need it skip it

  56. Rachel H
    January 19, 2016 / 5:41 pm

    I am a very tidy, organised person but sadly my partner is the opposite and I have to live in his small flat surrounded by his mess and nothing will change him! I regularly have clear outs and take things to the charity shop and I sell on books and DVDs that I’ve finished with even if I want to keep them – there is just no space.

  57. Susan Crosswaite
    January 19, 2016 / 5:41 pm

    Every time you open a drawer or cupboard and spot something that you no longer need or like, no matter how small, get rid of it. Decluttering as you go along stops everything piling up and becoming too daunting to deal with

  58. January 19, 2016 / 5:44 pm

    I have to be in the mood, but when I am on he night before bin day I have a clear out then put the bin out then I cant change my mind!

  59. Lisa Everaert
    January 19, 2016 / 5:44 pm

    If it has`nt been used for a year either sell it, chuck it out or give it to charity as it`s very likely you`ll never use it.

  60. mick proctor
    January 19, 2016 / 5:50 pm

    Re-gift unwanted presents

  61. Ann Robinson
    January 19, 2016 / 5:51 pm

    If i haven’t used something in a year then i don’t need it and can get rid of it

  62. Zoe G
    January 19, 2016 / 5:53 pm

    Mine is to be ruthless when decluttering, I hate loads of clutter

  63. Rosalind Sargent
    January 19, 2016 / 5:55 pm

    If you have not worn anything that is in your wardrobe within a year or if you have not used any gadgets or items within the year take them down to the Local Charity shop

  64. Julie D
    January 19, 2016 / 5:56 pm

    you have to be severe! its hard but the only way in the end is to be ruthless and get rid of it!!

  65. Andrea Fletcher
    January 19, 2016 / 5:57 pm

    Clear out regularly so it doesn’t become a big job.

  66. Caroline Clarke
    January 19, 2016 / 5:57 pm

    If it’s something that you haven’t used or didn’t remember having, why keep it? Get rid!

  67. Michelle Cooper
    January 19, 2016 / 5:58 pm

    Be ruthless and try to be less sentimental

  68. Matthew
    January 19, 2016 / 6:03 pm

    Just be fearless

  69. Amelia Kennedy
    January 19, 2016 / 6:05 pm

    I love large oak chests and ottomans and use these to store linen, Christmas decorations, shoes and lots of other bits and bobs. I think they look great and are practical too.

  70. Bob Clark
    January 19, 2016 / 6:08 pm

    Don’t let it build up – declutter EVERY day

  71. January 19, 2016 / 6:11 pm

    I find planning for a car boot helps me part with things I’d ordinarily hoard! Making money on my unwanted items is a great persuader! Anything I don’t sell gets donated to my local charity shop 🙂

    Jen xx
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  72. Robyn Seviour
    January 19, 2016 / 6:12 pm

    If you don’t love it, need it or use it then get rid!

  73. carrie truckle
    January 19, 2016 / 6:20 pm

    We wanted to save up and buy a shed for the garden. It really helped us focus on selling stuff we didnt need and getting rid of anything we know longer wanted.

  74. January 19, 2016 / 6:22 pm

    If it hasn’t got a clear purpose and a place to live let it go or don’t buy it in the first place! Use free-share – others will treasure your unwanted things and you can pick up things you do want instead.
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  75. Catherine Whetton
    January 19, 2016 / 6:22 pm

    Sign upto eBay
    If you haven’t used it/worn it in a year then recycle!

  76. Jan Beal
    January 19, 2016 / 6:29 pm

    When going through your cupboards, if you find things you had forgotten about – then you evidently don’t want or need them. Finding things that haven’t been worn or used for more than a year – then they should go too. Think about WHY you haven’t used them, you’ll probably realise that you don’t really like them but are hanging on to them because they are too too good to just throw out. So don’t throw out – give them to a charity shop where someone will love them!

  77. Lucy Weatherley
    January 19, 2016 / 6:31 pm

    Having a proper clearout and taking unwanted items to the charity shop

  78. January 19, 2016 / 6:35 pm

    Make sure other people in the house get rid of stuff they aren’t using often – that way all your stuff doesn’t look so bad as there’s more room to store it lol. And storage with doors you can shut are great.
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  79. Jen English
    January 19, 2016 / 6:36 pm

    If it has dust on it, you don’t use it! Get rid.

  80. Nicki Simpson
    January 19, 2016 / 6:40 pm

    I regularly ask my daughter to get the toys that she doesn’t often play with so that we can donate them to charity, she understands that they are for boys and girls that aren’t as fortunate……

  81. melanie stirling
    January 19, 2016 / 6:40 pm

    Clear out one room at a time and finish sorting it before moving on to the next,that way you can see what you have done.

  82. tracey ryder
    January 19, 2016 / 6:42 pm

    If you dont use it lose it

  83. Fiona K
    January 19, 2016 / 6:48 pm

    I ruthlessly shred old paperwork to free up space, I have great storage shelves that hang over the back of the door and any clothes I don’t wear for over a year are put in the recycling bank

  84. julie eley
    January 19, 2016 / 6:48 pm

    Be ruthless if your never going to wear it or use it then get rid of it… there is the odd exception that you may need it one day but ask your self if you never saw the item again would you miss it or even remember you had it? I normally put things in a black bag and if I dont use it in a month or miss it it goes 🙂

  85. Suzanne Drummond
    January 19, 2016 / 6:49 pm

    if you have not used it within the last year either sell it or re cycle through charity shops

  86. Stacey Carnell
    January 19, 2016 / 6:52 pm

    If you havn’t worn it for one year, give it to charity

  87. Steve
    January 19, 2016 / 6:54 pm

    If whatever it is has not been either looked at or used for at least a year then either give it away or sell it on Ebay.

  88. z webb
    January 19, 2016 / 6:55 pm

    have charity and when i think its time for that item to go i put it in and put away untill its full

    January 19, 2016 / 6:59 pm

    Try to review what you have and if it’s no longer needed, used or of value to you, gift it on.

  90. Christine Ann wilson
    January 19, 2016 / 7:00 pm

    If something has been stuck in a drawer for more than 6 months throw it away!! Bag up old clothes for our works charity bin so easy to pop stuff in as you go to work x I recommend any work place to ask about the bins they are so easy to just put in the car x

  91. Iona Cornish
    January 19, 2016 / 7:01 pm

    Dispose of anything you have used in the past year

  92. Kerry Crowe
    January 19, 2016 / 7:02 pm

    Don’t get ‘home blind’ – junk can start to feel like part of the furniture. Pick things up and think ‘Do I actually need/use this’ – if not, bin. sell, donate Xxx

  93. Alica
    January 19, 2016 / 7:04 pm

    Take the 12-12-12 Challenge. A simple task of locating 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 items to be returned to their proper home, a way to quickly organise 36 things in your house.

  94. joanne darnell
    January 19, 2016 / 7:07 pm

    Donate your clutter to a charity shop

  95. julie F
    January 19, 2016 / 7:11 pm

    I use pretty boxes that can be displayed on top of wardrobes, and fill them with all my keepsakes

  96. Leah Mitchell
    January 19, 2016 / 7:14 pm

    Start with the things you love and need and make a proper home for them. Then put the stuff you don’t need in a box. I found don’t need or miss the stuff in the box after six months, get rid of it. Ruthless but effective.

  97. Ellen Sheppard
    January 19, 2016 / 7:14 pm

    I am in the forces and have to move house every couple of years so every time before we move I do a carboot sale to declutter. Also, if there is stuff in boxes which I never unpacked from the last move, I will either bin it or donate to charity. My life is very uncluttered and I like it that way 🙂

  98. John Tingay
    January 19, 2016 / 7:15 pm

    Sort out one drawer, one shelf, or one box during an advertising break on TV.

  99. Sam roulson
    January 19, 2016 / 7:16 pm

    Get some help. Be cruel .i you haven’t used an item for a year chuck it out, recycle or give it away.

  100. Josie Mellor
    January 19, 2016 / 7:19 pm

    Don’t take on too much in one go. Even if it is just a cupboard at a time, followed by a room it’s a start. It is much easier to take on lots of little tasks than it is to face a mountain of them. And my last bit of advice is to be ruthless!

  101. Emma Nixon
    January 19, 2016 / 7:20 pm

    Try to have an annual major tidy out.
    Keep it, charity, recycle. Anything i am unsure about i make myself use, wear for a few weeks then its easier to decide if its needed or not. Most unsure items end up being donated.

  102. Sarah Fawcett
    January 19, 2016 / 7:24 pm

    Touch each piece of paper only once – so when I open the mail, I deal with it there and then, otherwise, I put it on the kitchen table to deal with later, and then that slowly becomes a pile to deal with later and on and on it goes before I end up with paperwork mountain!

  103. Caroline H
    January 19, 2016 / 7:26 pm

    I must admit to having hoarding tendencies so have to keep on top of it or I’d be buried! That said, I have found a couple of clever storage spaces for things like Christmas decorations that I want to keep but really aren’t used often – the spaces behind the bath panel and under the kitchen floor plinths are favourites!

  104. David Sweet
    January 19, 2016 / 7:27 pm

    List items you don’t use on ebay

  105. abigail edkins
    January 19, 2016 / 7:30 pm

    hmmm im a terrible…if you cant see it dont wiorry about it and cram everything in cupboards and drawers. Best advice I can give is to take photos of things as memories as it takes up less space…things kids have made, bridesmaid dresses, kids first shoes etc

  106. Rebecca Williams
    January 19, 2016 / 7:31 pm

    Have regular clear outs, you could have a car boot sale every few months and get some spare cash. 🙂

  107. laura banks
    January 19, 2016 / 7:33 pm

    be harsh if you know you haven’t worn or used something for a year get rid

  108. lyn Burgess
    January 19, 2016 / 7:34 pm

    If you have bulging wardrobes and drawers, tell yourself, and stick to it, that you can’t buy a new garment until you have thrown out at least two to make room for it.

  109. alice wadsworth
    January 19, 2016 / 7:36 pm

    Get everything out and spread it out on the floor ready for a mega sort out

  110. S Bufton
    January 19, 2016 / 7:40 pm

    Once a month sort through your stuff and either bin or donate stuff you don’t or haven’t used.

  111. c
    January 19, 2016 / 7:42 pm

    Make sure the kids are at school when decluttering as if they are anything like mine they won’t part with anything even if it isn’t there’s!!!

  112. Emma Ellams
    January 19, 2016 / 7:42 pm

    My favourite tip is especially for wardrobes. Turn all your coat hangers around at the beginning of the year and only turn them back as and when you wear each item. At the end of the year, get rid of everything which hasn’t got a turned round coat hanger 🙂

  113. Helen Moulden
    January 19, 2016 / 7:52 pm

    Stacking storage boxes is always a reliable one!

  114. rominy colville
    January 19, 2016 / 7:52 pm

    give to charity!

  115. Christina Rahman
    January 19, 2016 / 7:54 pm

    A great way to make more space is to put shelving up on the walls, then you will have more ground space and a lot less unsightly clutter!

  116. Hilda Hazel Wright
    January 19, 2016 / 7:59 pm

    Well…as well as not buying loads of stuff in the first place, my decluttering and space creating tip would be for everything to have a home, and for it to always be put away there. If you keep everything tidy just by putting things away it makes all the difference!

  117. kayleigh cheeseman
    January 19, 2016 / 8:00 pm

    one room at a time and a big black sack!! be ruthless

  118. January 19, 2016 / 8:00 pm

    I am a total obsessive hoarder, always have been. so when I do decide to declutter, I properly do it room by room. I have three piles – keep it, bin it, give to charity and with clothes, if I havent worn it in the last year it goes to charity. Stuff that is binned is out of date cosmetics, worn out shoes, holed socks and really minging clothes and things I keep are things that have been worn and so on x

  119. Maggie Coates
    January 19, 2016 / 8:04 pm

    Take stuff you don’t want to your local charity shop. Then you feel you are doing someone a good turn.

  120. Hazel Rea
    January 19, 2016 / 8:05 pm

    Stop buying things unless it is for a special occasion or it is to replace something which is worn out and you are getting rid of. Try to get rid of some paper, or decide on an item to recycle, throw our or send to the charity shop, every day. Take one shelf or one drawer at a time until you get into the swing of decluttering – and remember you are not going to clear it all in a day or two so don’t get downhearted.

  121. sian hallewell
    January 19, 2016 / 8:06 pm

    Your more likely to actually declutter if you tell someone your going to do it, so start by telling someone and then pick one room and one item of furniture in that room and start there. If you make it achievable, ie one drawer you will do it, this success will lead on to the next bit and the next, whereas if you say I’m doing the bedroom it can lead to failure if its too big a job.

  122. Jodie Cook
    January 19, 2016 / 8:07 pm

    If you find something you didn’t know you had, then you won’t miss it if you get rid of it! Get rid of enough stuff and soon you’ll never remember you ever had it in the first place!

  123. Nicki Evans
    January 19, 2016 / 8:08 pm

    To find out which clothes to get rid of, turn all your coat hangers backwards and as you wear each item, turn the hanger back to the normal way. After a few months you can easily see which clothes you haven’t worn.

  124. Paul Wilson
    January 19, 2016 / 8:12 pm

    I only keep things if they remind me of some event (memento) or if they might be useful in the future.

  125. Terri Collins
    January 19, 2016 / 8:13 pm

    Have I used or worn it in the last year? If not, seriously consider getting rid of it.

  126. Soph H
    January 19, 2016 / 8:15 pm

    Having regular clear outs of stuff you don’t need!

  127. Becky John
    January 19, 2016 / 8:17 pm

    Lots of containers and boxes to keep things organised.

  128. Zenath
    January 19, 2016 / 8:19 pm

    I file paperwork straight away and not let it build up

  129. justine meyer
    January 19, 2016 / 8:20 pm

    I am constantly decluttering and moving stuff around. I have a number of stacking storage cupboards which i put my stuff into and then it is out of sight out of mind, but i keep it just in case i need it for later x

  130. leanne weir
    January 19, 2016 / 8:24 pm

    5S everything

  131. Elisabeth Ries
    January 19, 2016 / 8:24 pm

    Stackable boxes – they are a lifesaver

  132. Simon C
    January 19, 2016 / 8:25 pm

    Top tip for decluttering…? Just throw stuff away. If it’s clutter, then you don’t need it. Get rid.

  133. Jane Butler
    January 19, 2016 / 8:26 pm

    If it doesn’t fit, you haven’t work.n it in 2 years, the charity shop it. Sort one day per season & any more is a bonus.

  134. Shirley Giles
    January 19, 2016 / 8:29 pm


  135. Rachael Medley
    January 19, 2016 / 8:34 pm

    I think you’ve got to be ruthless, if you’re not sure; chuck it!

  136. glenn hutton
    January 19, 2016 / 8:35 pm

    If you haven’t used it for a year then give it to charity!

  137. Barbara Handley
    January 19, 2016 / 8:36 pm

    Have 3 boxes or colour coded bags at the ready. Use one for the next charity bag collection, one for the rubbish tip and one to keep items for when the decluttering job is done. If you haven’t used it for a year or more then you are unlikely to use it again. Clear and sort bags and boxes left out in rooms.

  138. Emma Walton
    January 19, 2016 / 8:37 pm

    Recently, I went through my stuff and sorted out all the things I no longer use or wanted. I had quite a pile of stuff so I invited my friends round for a drink and invited them to go through it all while we had pizza, crisps and dips and a good ol’ catch up 🙂

  139. frances hopkins
    January 19, 2016 / 8:44 pm

    Do the kids rooms when they’re not allowed, then they won’t know what your chucking

  140. Carole
    January 19, 2016 / 8:45 pm

    If it hasn’t been used for a year – get rid of it

  141. Penny H
    January 19, 2016 / 8:45 pm

    If something doesn’t fit into your scheme anymore , either upcycle it or sell it on. Don’t keep things ‘just in case ‘ you might need them (you rarely do in my experience!)

  142. Sarah N
    January 19, 2016 / 8:46 pm

    I’m reading the Marie Kondo book and decluttering as I go.
    My tip is to read the book, its a great help if you’re a bit of a hoarder!

  143. Kelly glen
    January 19, 2016 / 8:51 pm

    If you haven’t worn an item of clothes for a long time then take it to a charity shop.

  144. Sarah Maxfield
    January 19, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    Think about when you last used it. If it hasn’t been used in two years, it goes!

  145. Alison
    January 19, 2016 / 8:55 pm

    Be ruthless and ask yourself have you used it in the last year, if the answer is no, get rid.

  146. daniel baugh
    January 19, 2016 / 8:57 pm

    Move things to the loft. If the wife doesn’t even notice its missing then it can go to charity

  147. January 19, 2016 / 9:01 pm

    Get a notebook, and write a list – then strike them off as you go — works everytime!!

  148. Anthony Harrington
    January 19, 2016 / 9:02 pm

    twice a year we go through all the wardrobes, cupboards and drawers and clear out anything that we no longer use.

  149. Sam McKean
    January 19, 2016 / 9:05 pm

    Turn your hangers around and when you wear the item, turn it the other way, after 6 months if the hanger is still facing the ‘wrong’ direction, get rid of the item(s) by selling or donating.

  150. Debbie Gilbert
    January 19, 2016 / 9:09 pm

    I find it so hard to throw anything away, but I have just taken 4 boxes to the charity shop and intend to continue decluttering one room at a time. A small step but I feel better already just hope I can continue.

  151. Siobhan Davis
    January 19, 2016 / 9:15 pm

    Start a room at a time decluttering and take your time, File important things away and if you don’t want to get rid of anything put it in your loft stores away.

    Mirrors and light walls always make rooms look bigger and more spacious 🙂

  152. Maggie E
    January 19, 2016 / 9:17 pm

    Recycling everything we don’t need

  153. Vanessa Cox
    January 19, 2016 / 9:20 pm

    Invest in good storage boxes clearly labelled and keep them in your study or loft leaving your living spaces cluttered-free and more pleasant!

  154. Lisa Evans
    January 19, 2016 / 9:21 pm

    I declutter regularly as don’t have loads of space and moving house soon so going through a cupboard a week so it won’t feel awful to do all at once!

  155. January 19, 2016 / 9:22 pm

    Our house is full of clutter but my folks love Nic-Nacks! Must start dusting! 😉 their taste is very bizarre…. Star Wars and Vintage pieces!
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  156. stephanie tsang
    January 19, 2016 / 9:24 pm

    I have recently discovered the Marie Kondo book and method and love it.

  157. Alison Joyce
    January 19, 2016 / 9:24 pm

    Get some storage boxes and use them but prune their contents ruthlessly every 6 monhs

  158. Emma Gibson
    January 19, 2016 / 9:26 pm

    We tend to have stacking boxes to put specific items away and we try to have a clear out at least a couple of times a year.

  159. January 19, 2016 / 9:26 pm

    try to check the papers you have and separate from ones you need and ones to recycle. Try to go through clothes ever so often and what you dont need offer to a charity shop

  160. Jo m welsh
    January 19, 2016 / 9:34 pm

    Ask your self if you haven’t used it for 2 years you probably don’t need it recycle or donate or dump it

  161. Jane
    January 19, 2016 / 9:36 pm

    I tend to put away either 30 mins or a couple of hours then cycle around the rooms not worrying if they aren’t complete (when are they ever?). It’s working over the past 5 weeks two big bags to charity, lots of paperwork burnt on the fire, a bin full of rubbish and £70 worth of furniture sold with the money being spent on a replacement door and NOT more stuff.

  162. Chrissie Curtis
    January 19, 2016 / 9:36 pm

    Old things that are no longer needed sell them!

    We also have wardrobe storage hangers / shoe hangers which we roll certain items into which saves so much wardrobe space.

  163. Monika Anita Szabo
    January 19, 2016 / 9:38 pm

    Only keep what you need or what you love. Get rid of unnecessary things!

  164. Kristy Brown
    January 19, 2016 / 9:38 pm

    I’m quite lucky as we move every 2 years due to work so we often have a clear out but our rules are if it hasn’t been touched for 6 months it’s time to move it on!

  165. Lyla
    January 19, 2016 / 9:41 pm

    It’s no use hanging onto those favourite clothes that are 3 sizes too small – throw them out. If you ever do manage to shift all that weight you will feel so good about yourself that you will want to treat yourself to a new wardrobe anyway.

  166. Dadmac
    January 19, 2016 / 9:48 pm

    Avoid clutter by not buying in the first place. Avoid impulse buying and ask yourself do I really need this before buying. Makes life simpler and helps the environment.

  167. Lisa Pond
    January 19, 2016 / 9:53 pm

    Sell sell sell! 🙂

  168. debbie louise davies
    January 19, 2016 / 9:53 pm

    With clothes, if you havent worn it in the last year, get rid!! xx

    January 19, 2016 / 9:53 pm

    Everything has it’s place…is th mantra I try to stick to. I get really stressed by mess so have to work hard to keep it at a reasonable level. I like eclectic but not messy. ANd love a good drawer to hide stuff in…..!

  170. Kev C
    January 19, 2016 / 10:11 pm

    If its been 6 months since you’ve used it, bin it or donate it!!

  171. Sarah Armour
    January 19, 2016 / 10:18 pm

    I really needed these tips right now. My house is chaos! Thanks

  172. Lee Ritson
    January 19, 2016 / 10:19 pm

    Get stackable boxes to keep stuff in, donate old clothes and toys to charity shops 🙂

  173. Denfor Hopkins
    January 19, 2016 / 10:19 pm

    Organise your stuff into plastic containers, and take to the charity shop anything you don’t really need

  174. martin sapsford
    January 19, 2016 / 10:23 pm

    If you’ve moved house and you find it later still in the box, get rid!

  175. Tom D
    January 19, 2016 / 10:28 pm

    Under-bed storage!

  176. Samir Lola
    January 19, 2016 / 10:30 pm

    Stop holding onto things, accept you really have no use for some stuff so it needs to go

  177. January 19, 2016 / 10:39 pm

    Always taught my kids to donate toys so they are happy to part with things they do not play with,then they feel happy they have given it to another child.

  178. Courtney kemal
    January 19, 2016 / 10:49 pm

    Take a look to see what you’ve accumulated too much of. In my case it’s paper stuff – back issues of magazines, old paid bills I won’t need for proving payments, paperbacks I’ve read.

    You don’t have to go through your place like the White Tornado. If you did, you might regret throwing away something you wanted, in your excess of zeal. Find 23 items you can pitch. Put the smaller things in a plastic grocery bag and tie it up. Don’t even think of a garage sale or a giveaway. Save that for really worthwhile things – good clothing, furniture. But clothes with holes, cheap paperbacks, dead pens and pencils, food items you’ll never use – “TWENTY-THREE SKIDOO!”

    Repeat every few days, especially the day before they collect the trash. De-cluttering can be a gradual process. It requires a change in mind-set, which may not happen all at once, but you’ll be happier with the results.

    If you hang onto too much junk, there won’t be any room for the nice new clothes, pretty things, or food packages you’ll really use. So get going – it can feel like you’re cleaning out your soul.

  179. don erwood
    January 19, 2016 / 10:57 pm

    Start with clothes and the bottom and tops of wardrobes. If you haven’t used it in the last 18 months you are not going to do so.

  180. Maria P
    January 19, 2016 / 10:59 pm

    have an elegant chest of drawers which will hide the small things

  181. Lucy fennell
    January 19, 2016 / 11:14 pm

    Little and often !

  182. Natalie Crossan
    January 19, 2016 / 11:31 pm

    Look at everything you own, ask yourself if you’ve used it in the last 6 months – if the answer is no – chuck it!

  183. David Paterson
    January 19, 2016 / 11:41 pm

    If you’ve not used it for 2 years, get rid of it!

  184. Jay
    January 20, 2016 / 12:49 am

    Mass clean-out every few months, keeps positions to a minimum.

  185. January 20, 2016 / 1:08 am

    Storage Boxes, only keep useful items, not things you “might” use

  186. claire griffiths
    January 20, 2016 / 1:38 am

    i always take on bit at a time and have two boxes keep and get rid of

  187. Samantha Loughlin
    January 20, 2016 / 2:01 am

    I only keep what I’ve used in past year keep things tidied away and have day to day things out. Xx

  188. david cavender
    January 20, 2016 / 5:52 am

    don’t have any more stuff then you want to spend time cleaning them

  189. Phil Darling
    January 20, 2016 / 6:20 am

    If you haven’t used it in 5 years – you don’t need it – sell it or throw it away

  190. Amica Grant
    January 20, 2016 / 6:45 am

    If you haven’t used it in a year get rid of it!

  191. Mary Baldwin
    January 20, 2016 / 6:53 am

    If you’re not a natural declutter, set yourself a time limit to save yourself getting distracted – say to yourself, I’m going to spend an hour sorting out this wardrobe, and then stop. Then get rid of the unwanted items as soon as possible – find out which charity shops near you are open on a Sunday so you can get rid straightaway.

  192. Stevie
    January 20, 2016 / 7:49 am

    I keep on top all the time. Some say it’s a problem.

  193. Marc Chivers
    January 20, 2016 / 7:57 am

    Hide stuff away, if you can’t see it it doesn’t matter.

    • January 20, 2016 / 8:01 am

      Haha now that’s my kind of advice!

  194. Michaela Hannah
    January 20, 2016 / 8:11 am

    Be ruthless when trying to get rid of things .If you haven’t used something for over a year i try to think logically that i probably won’t use it. It’s also worth trying to sell things if the value of items is an issue

  195. ann goody
    January 20, 2016 / 8:18 am

    Thank you so much for this article. I really need a big declutter this year.
    I fear it is a big job. However, as you say, one shelf one drawer one cupboard at a time.
    A few years ago, we decided to tackle the garage. Well we have always been able to put the car away but things were piling up
    . I was ruthless (felt good) and threw stuff away. But, you know what, a few months after we needed that old hanging basket to protect the patch of reseeded lawn. And we could have done with those old settee cushions when we had visitors and I gave up my bed. But you know what, you survive!!

  196. Lorraine Johnson
    January 20, 2016 / 8:26 am

    Use Freecycle to get rid of things that you don’t need any more. There is almost always someone who would be very grateful for it

  197. Sue Bowden
    January 20, 2016 / 8:31 am

    Throw as you go, if you haven’t worn something for 6 months or so get rid you’re unlikely to wear it again, give books to the charity shop

  198. January 20, 2016 / 8:42 am

    Make three piles – one of things you’re definitely keeping, one of things you’re definitely getting rid of and one of things you’re not sure about. Put the third pile in the garage or the loft – and if you’ve still not touched it a few months later, you know to get rid of it!

  199. January 20, 2016 / 8:45 am

    I’m. More of a minimal person but hubby and children are clutter lovers lol. Some great tips here. What a fantastic giveaway too x

  200. karen hill
    January 20, 2016 / 9:27 am

    Be brutal when clearing things out, if you haven’t used worn or seen it in 6 months , get rid x

  201. Susan Ellins
    January 20, 2016 / 9:48 am

    Just ask yourself why you need it, then you will probably get rid of it.

  202. January 20, 2016 / 9:51 am

    I systematically go through every drawer, cupboard, hiding spot! I am in big decluttering mode right now!
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  203. Sarah Davison
    January 20, 2016 / 9:55 am

    Be brave and don’t be sentimental about keeping and storing clutter. If it doesn’t get used…chuck it out.

  204. jennifer thorpe
    January 20, 2016 / 9:57 am

    If you haven’t used or thought about a particular item for six months, you don’t need it anymore

  205. Holly Gibson
    January 20, 2016 / 10:21 am

    I think you have to be absolutely ruthless with what you do and don’t need. It’s the only way to stop it from getting on top of you!

  206. Ray Dodds
    January 20, 2016 / 10:24 am

    Don’t let sentiment get in the way of disposing of stuff

  207. January 20, 2016 / 10:36 am

    I have set myself a couple rules, so new one in old one out, toys and clothes.

    And one month when I feel it is needed I do the get rid of for the day of month thing, so on 3rd – 3 things and so on. xx

  208. helen tovell
    January 20, 2016 / 10:39 am


  209. ElizM
    January 20, 2016 / 10:53 am

    The way it works in my house is I let it all get on top of me and then have a fit and a massive clear out! There must be a better way…

  210. Sarah Price-Jones
    January 20, 2016 / 10:55 am

    Don’t hoard, if it’s no good give it away or throw it away and invest in a good nice to look at storage system and pack it in nice and neatly

  211. Max Power
    January 20, 2016 / 10:55 am

    Compartmentalize everything into smaller jobs so that you never feel overwhelmed.

  212. Alana Walker
    January 20, 2016 / 11:11 am

    Make sure you have lots of old boxes and bags to put all the unwanted stuff in, and only throw away things that are unusable. Everything else you can give away to charity shops or dogs homes who make use of old blankets, towels, etc. Also get some music on when you’re tidying up, makes it much more fun!

  213. Kath Cox
    January 20, 2016 / 11:27 am

    Everytime I get a charity bag pushed through the letterbox I always put a minimum of 4 items into it.

  214. Charlotte Cottam
    January 20, 2016 / 11:41 am

    baskets! I keep a basket by where I do the laundry to keep the mountains of things found in pockets.

  215. clair downham
    January 20, 2016 / 11:53 am

    do one room at a time when started dont stop and dont be tempted to keep things that you dont need or use

  216. brenda heads
    January 20, 2016 / 12:30 pm

    the best tip I have heard is to put all your clothes on the bed – even the coats handing in the passage – and go through them sorting out keep, donate, bin. I am going to try this is March when the bedroom is a bit warmer.

  217. Pam Smith
    January 20, 2016 / 12:36 pm

    Decluttering is never going to happen in this house! It’s a pretty thought but we have too many books we love. On top of that, there’s 10 guitars, 20 ukuleles, 4 Banjo ukuleles, a piano, 2 keyboards, 2 clarinets, 1 banjo, 2 mandolins, 2 washboards, other assorted percussion and woodwind instruments and 2 cupboards full of sheet music!

  218. Lucy I
    January 20, 2016 / 12:38 pm

    Charity shops

  219. January 20, 2016 / 12:39 pm

    My Dad taught me the best way – to throw EVERYTHING onto my bed for sorting, that way you can’t go to sleep til it’s done!!

  220. Dave
    January 20, 2016 / 1:17 pm

    My tip is a simple one:- eBay lol. Though there are more and more emerging apps and sites that may be cheaper, but not tried them myself.

  221. Vikki Sanderson
    January 20, 2016 / 1:20 pm

    I declutter but it’s all back within a few weeks…I’d say stop and think “do i really NEED that?”

  222. rebecca nisbet
    January 20, 2016 / 1:27 pm

    we have a four year, this is us for the next 12 years! we try and keep her toys down though by throwing away the broken ones, or ones she does not use. Plus my other half is one of those ‘ one men’s rubbish is another man’s gold’ so we always have random bits lying around for him to sort.

  223. Kate Loader
    January 20, 2016 / 1:28 pm

    I use the 6 month rule – If it’s not been used in that time, get rid!

  224. Scott
    January 20, 2016 / 1:34 pm

    One thing at a time. One section of wardrobe at a time or one drawer or even one shelf. Bit by bit. Don’t do everything at once or you may get overwhelmed.

  225. Kamara H
    January 20, 2016 / 1:49 pm

    Keeping things minimalistic. I live by a swap it out rule – every time I buy something new, whether for the flat or my wardrobe, I either sell, throw or donate an old/unused item.

  226. January 20, 2016 / 1:53 pm

    Give the lounge a quick tidy every evening and clear out everyone’s wardrobes every six months! Kids grow so fast and it’s easy to hold onto clothes that no longer fit them.
    PS Those folding doors are my husband’s dream! One day, when we’ve got our ensuite bathroom done, they will make it to the top of our list!
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  227. Julie
    January 20, 2016 / 2:15 pm

    Do a bit at a time and be truthful with yourself.

  228. Vicky
    January 20, 2016 / 2:23 pm

    I am terrible for keeping things, I hate to throw anything away. We bought some large plastic boxes and managed to hide most things in these boxes in the loft, but it’s good to know they are still in the house.

  229. Elisa Trueman
    January 20, 2016 / 2:42 pm

    I like the rule that if you haven’t looked at it or used it in the last 3 months you don’t need it. I could happliy live by this rule there’s nothing more satisfying and calming than getting rid if stuff. Hubby the hoarder however struggles to part with anything even his school swimming certificates – I cannot think why he would ever have a use for them! X

  230. Alison Johnson
    January 20, 2016 / 3:10 pm

    I’m a big fan of stacking boxes. I keep my sewing items in one, pads & pens in another & so on. I also don’t keep anything unless it’s useful or necessary. I’m always up at the charity shop with DVDs we don’t watch, book that have been read & clothes which are no longer worn (but still in very good condition).

  231. Pauline Wilson
    January 20, 2016 / 3:15 pm

    Invest in good storage boxes, be ruthless when it comes to clearing out cupboards so don’t keep stuff you will never use again, have a boot sale or sell on ebay

  232. Margaret Clarkson
    January 20, 2016 / 3:18 pm

    Ask an objective friend to help. Then do a little at a time, systematically going through everything.

  233. Beverley Marsh
    January 20, 2016 / 3:28 pm

    If I haven’t worn it or used it for a year, then it’s time to be ruthless and get rid of it!

  234. Joe Johnson
    January 20, 2016 / 3:29 pm

    Get rid pf your childs unwanted/not played with toys

  235. Louise Asekokhai
    January 20, 2016 / 3:38 pm

    If you never use it you do not need it, sell it on ebay and clear your world.

  236. Jaelin Farrow
    January 20, 2016 / 3:42 pm

    Our flat is quite cluttered because both my partner and I are collectors. However, every couple of months we have a sort out and either send stuff to a charity shop or sell online. It clears space and gives us a bit of extra money as well!

  237. sarah rees
    January 20, 2016 / 3:48 pm

    recycling things, donating to charity

  238. Tracy Newton
    January 20, 2016 / 4:16 pm

    I do love a good declutter. I volunteered two days a week, for two years, with the Salvation Army sorting through all the donations

    In my own home I am a big believer in “If in doubt chuck it out”

  239. Rob Griffiths
    January 20, 2016 / 4:19 pm

    I give a lot of my stuff, books etc, to charity shops

  240. helena hewett
    January 20, 2016 / 4:28 pm

    If you havent worn it for over a year chuck it.. you’ve had 365 days to put it on. If you do slim down you can go shopping!

  241. laura stewart
    January 20, 2016 / 4:38 pm

    if you cant find a space it doesnt belong

    January 20, 2016 / 4:38 pm

    i put everything in pretty baskets!

  243. Kirsty Ward
    January 20, 2016 / 5:06 pm

    Storage Boxes which you can Stack are amazing!

  244. Kerry Locke
    January 20, 2016 / 5:06 pm

    Top Tip – don’t buy it in the first instance. Live a minamalist life, you’ll feel so much better for it.

  245. Andy Kadir-Buxton
    January 20, 2016 / 5:27 pm

    Put up more shelves

  246. Israr baig
    January 20, 2016 / 5:56 pm

    Keep large boxes & store any bundles of paper / letter in the box rather than laying around

  247. Donna Towner
    January 20, 2016 / 6:24 pm

    I regularly go through the childrens toys. they have so many of them and often they are not even played with, so i box up the one’s i think can go to the charity shop and wait. If after a month the children haven’t asked after the hidden toy off it goes to hopefully be played with by someone else.

  248. Hassina Begum
    January 20, 2016 / 6:59 pm

    My tip is if you haven’t used the item in the last 3 years the you should get rid of it(donate it to charity).

  249. Beverley Cousins
    January 20, 2016 / 7:34 pm

    Black bags..rubber gloves…disinfectant..and if you get the feeling something is not right, get rid of it!!.. the feeling of fresh start and fresh mind is fantastic!

  250. fozia Akhtar
    January 20, 2016 / 7:47 pm

    Do a little at a time

  251. Charlotte Batkins
    January 20, 2016 / 7:48 pm

    I go through my children’s clothes and toys every other month, kids grow so quick or if it has,nt been played with in the last month it goes on the local selling site or down to the charity shop. I always do this whilst they are at school otherwise they wouldn’t let me get rid of anything x

  252. Sara Goodman
    January 20, 2016 / 8:06 pm

    I hate it, but it’s be ruthless!!! If you get too emotional about things it’s hard to let them go. It’s sometimes painful, but it is also very liberating!

  253. Zoey P
    January 20, 2016 / 8:37 pm

    We have a rule if not used in a year or worn it in a year if it’s good condition Goss to charity shop.

  254. Amanda
    January 20, 2016 / 8:51 pm

    Be ruthless when decluttering! Make rule, if it hasn’t been played with in the last 6 months then donate to a charity shop!

  255. January 20, 2016 / 8:56 pm

    If you have a ‘messy draw’ or ‘messy cupboard’ make sure you make time once a month to clear it out, this will make it a lot more manageable each time and will help to stop from hoarding clutter!

  256. Julie Ward
    January 20, 2016 / 9:14 pm

    Getting shut of the partner, its all his clutter. Bin day tomorrow

  257. Geoff Dagger
    January 20, 2016 / 9:22 pm

    If you are unsure about throwing something, put it in a plastic box with a date on it. If you don’t take it out to use in 6 months throw it

  258. katie w
    January 20, 2016 / 9:25 pm

    anything that has been in a box for over a year that is not a family heirloom, you dont need so can be sold or given away

  259. nashath ullah
    January 20, 2016 / 9:28 pm

    Having a clear out every couple of months. Great way to give to charity as well. I always find clothes, shoes, toys that don’t get used and are just cluttering space.

  260. Deb Alexander
    January 20, 2016 / 9:30 pm

    Keep on top of it and be ruthless!

  261. Louise A
    January 20, 2016 / 9:32 pm

    put things away as you use them or at the end of the day..don’t leave dirty dishes overnight they have a habit of breeding! allocate a place to put bills/important letters/reminders etc so no mad panic looking for them last thing

  262. Helen Adams
    January 20, 2016 / 9:46 pm

    Be ruthless and be willing to throw things away instead of hoarding

  263. Angela treadway
    January 20, 2016 / 9:53 pm

    Mine i just put everything in a cupboard or anything with a door on…as long as it looks tidy and not all over the place…although god forbid should anyone open a cupboard door…the thing is booby trapped lol x

    • Angela treadway
      January 20, 2016 / 9:56 pm

      ….but as for decluttering…we have certain times during the year that we have a ‘spring cleanout’ and just chuck anything we havent used or dont feel we are gonna use! X

  264. Sharon Hingley
    January 20, 2016 / 9:59 pm

    If it has not been used in the last year and isn’t a precious heirloom or something you would not expect to use every year then it is likely you will not miss it.
    Have a favourite charity and give all your things you don’t need to them so you know you are doing some good.

  265. Julie Davies
    January 20, 2016 / 10:18 pm

    lots and lots of storage boxes to keep everything stacked up together but easy to find

  266. Anne Bethell
    January 20, 2016 / 10:21 pm

    If you are undecided whether to keep an item then you do not need it. Get rid of it. Give to a friend to look after it until you donate or give away

  267. Laura Todd
    January 20, 2016 / 10:53 pm

    Be ruthless when clearing out junk

  268. dennis burke
    January 20, 2016 / 10:53 pm

    Cheat on your partner, they will soon dispose of your stuff for you

  269. Lorraine Tinsley
    January 20, 2016 / 11:44 pm

    Turn the hangers on your clothes so they face inwards, if they haven’t been worn by the end of the summer then you obviously don’t wear it so chuck them out.

  270. Ruth Harwood
    January 21, 2016 / 8:55 am

    We use the six month rule, and get rid of anything we haven’t used in that time as we obvs don’t need it!!

  271. Ruth Harwood
    January 21, 2016 / 8:56 am

    We use the six month rule, and get rid of anything we haven’t used in that time as we obvs don’t need it!! it seems to work xx

  272. Stephanie Whitehouse
    January 21, 2016 / 10:15 am

    Marry a tidy man! I’ve upped my game to match him.

  273. charlotte clavier
    January 21, 2016 / 11:33 am

    I have a clear out every so often of clothes i dont wear or dont fit anymore. Then its off to either the charity shop, car boot sale or Ebay. So then theres space for more clothes. Yay 😀

  274. A Graham
    January 21, 2016 / 11:42 am

    I put things i’m thinking of getting rid of in a box. If I haven’t missed them after a month they can all go!

  275. Val Swift
    January 21, 2016 / 11:55 am

    If you’ve not used it or worn it in the last 2 years get rid/donate to charity/car boot!

  276. Jo Carroll
    January 21, 2016 / 12:18 pm

    Myself and my best friend have made a pact to sort through our wardrobes together and to be brutally honest about whether certain old clothes fit/suit or need recycling. Unfortunately there’s often a bit of swapping that goes on too which isn’t a great help? 😉

  277. Fiona JK42
    January 21, 2016 / 12:42 pm

    I keep a charity bag for unwanted clothes, shoes and handbags to try to keep on top of clutter in wardrobes. I also try to adhere to William Morris’s adage that you shouldn’t keep things that are not both useful and beautiful.

  278. Paula Burnside
    January 21, 2016 / 1:03 pm

    I am obsessed with plastic storage boxes. You can make so much space by putting the kids toys in them and stacking them up.

  279. jamie millard
    January 21, 2016 / 1:42 pm

    The 1 year rule. If it’s not been touched/used/worn in a year – it goes. Good stuff – sell. Ok stuff – charity shop. Rubbish stuff – throw away. This rule will make you de-clutter, but also with the knowledge that you have the rule, it pushes you to touch/use/wear stuff that you don’t want to use – making it more useful in the first place.

  280. Debbie Whittle
    January 21, 2016 / 3:06 pm

    The best way is to regularly have a clear out – and be ruthless!

  281. Helen Swales
    January 21, 2016 / 5:20 pm

    We used to hoard lots of books, having read them once we could be sure that we would read them again but they would sit gathering dust on a book shelf, unread for years. Nowadays we lend books from the local library, you can order books to be collected, even recently printed editions, not only does this save us money in terms of not having to buy the books, we have much more space at home.

  282. Henry B
    January 21, 2016 / 6:19 pm

    If unused for a long period of time then bin it

    January 21, 2016 / 6:19 pm

    I used to be a bit of a clutter bug but have learnt that my world won’t end if I throw things away. I now use the rule if I’ve forgotten I have it I don’t need it x

  284. andrew
    January 21, 2016 / 7:00 pm

    We declutter by doing a spring clean every january. We bag up what we dont use Toys,Clothing shoes etc, donate some to charity and sell some on ebay. A great way to start the new year

  285. Corinne Peat
    January 21, 2016 / 7:06 pm

    Do a little bit every day to stop clutter building up.

  286. HK WALKER
    January 21, 2016 / 8:47 pm

    give it all to charity!

  287. John Tunnicliffe
    January 21, 2016 / 9:02 pm

    Deal with what comes into the house straight away, sort, file, throw. With possessions, sort into piles, have a break, go back and sort further until the get rid pile is the largest pile.

  288. Kim Styles
    January 21, 2016 / 10:19 pm

    use the inside of doors and cupboard doors to hang extra storage shelves/pockets

  289. Wendy Smith
    January 21, 2016 / 10:29 pm

    If you haven’t used it, or worn it during the last year, or don’t love it donate to your favourite charity to raise much needed funds and give your items a second life

  290. Carly M
    January 21, 2016 / 10:48 pm

    Always put things back when you’ve used them

  291. Missy Gotty
    January 22, 2016 / 3:02 am

    If I need to declutter I tend to sell anything on Ebay or Gumtree, if I can make some money back that’s great. However I also take things to the charity shop if I think they could make a profit.

  292. Melanie Edjourian
    January 22, 2016 / 8:08 am

    we just bought shelves with doors then at least you can’tsee the clutter. It’s fabulous!!!!

  293. laura gallant
    January 22, 2016 / 10:24 am

    Take it one room at a time anythingnot used in 3 years can go. Or move house, I always throw away loads when I move

  294. Suzanne Gaulton
    January 22, 2016 / 11:40 am

    Be ruthless!

  295. January 22, 2016 / 12:11 pm

    I am determined to have a ruthless clear out this year. It’s on my ‘Missions for 2016’ list. I’ve started with the kids…..well there bedrooms at least 😉 Great prize!
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  296. Tina Holmes
    January 22, 2016 / 12:55 pm

    Have a clear out every few months.

  297. Laura Pritchard
    January 22, 2016 / 1:08 pm

    Make a decision to throw away or take to charity 5 items every month, so clutter doesn’t build up.

  298. Annette Oliver
    January 22, 2016 / 6:30 pm

    If you don’t like something get rid of it

  299. Lillian Fisher
    January 22, 2016 / 9:59 pm

    Just got to be ruthless and get rid of things that you don’t need or are never going to fit into ever again!

  300. Rose Elise
    January 22, 2016 / 10:40 pm

    I think it’s important to make sure what you have is really needed, and if there isn’t a place for it – MAKE ONE! Everything should have its own space!

  301. kate kathurima
    January 22, 2016 / 11:24 pm

    get some one to babysit the kids while you do it

  302. Jane H Shaw
    January 23, 2016 / 8:09 am

    If you put things away with the thought “that may come in handy” just bin it as it could stay there for years before it comes in handy. Thanks

  303. srephen smith
    January 23, 2016 / 12:02 pm

    if you havnt used it for a while you probably dont need it donate it

  304. Allan Wilson
    January 23, 2016 / 12:22 pm

    Get cheap folding crates from Poundies and if it hasn’t been used, crate it up and pop it in the attic

  305. katherine s
    January 23, 2016 / 12:30 pm

    Sort one area out at a time and be ruthless.

  306. Tammy westrup
    January 23, 2016 / 1:37 pm

    If you haven’t even looked at it for a year decide eBay it, bin it or charity shop

  307. Sarah Brokenshire
    January 23, 2016 / 2:45 pm

    Use lots of pretty storage boxes x

  308. BEC F
    January 23, 2016 / 5:50 pm

    2 minute rule – if it takes less than 2 mins do it right away then you’ll have less things piling up to declutter

  309. Katie
    January 23, 2016 / 6:15 pm

    Hitting the shops in January can be great for getting pretty gift boxes that double-up as storage boxes. If you’re not too fussy then you can get some Christmassy-themed ones and pretend they’re winter ones XD But you can often find nice plain red/silver/gold ones that are great for keeping small bits and pieces like sellotape, scissors, nail polishes etc etc, if you get several and theme them then you can dot them around the house and keep little things out the way.

  310. Steven Hunter
    January 23, 2016 / 9:02 pm

    Get rid of anything you don’t use to the charity shops

  311. claire woods
    January 23, 2016 / 9:02 pm

    Tackle one room at a time. If you haven’t used or looked at it for a long time it needs to go.

  312. Samantha O'D
    January 23, 2016 / 9:58 pm

    Be ruthless when it comes to clearing out

  313. Laura Asplin
    January 24, 2016 / 10:27 am

    Pretty storage boxes that can be a feature as well as practical

  314. Anne Johnston
    January 24, 2016 / 10:44 am

    Every year just before Christmas I go through all my cupboards and if I haven’t used something in the last 6 months it gets donated to charity. We have a small kitchen so my Fiance and I operate a one in one out policy haha!

  315. Sarah Cooper
    January 24, 2016 / 11:07 am

    Put everything in to a bag from the room and then sort from the bag – makes decluttering so much easier just sorting through one bag.

  316. Phyllis Ellett
    January 24, 2016 / 11:36 am

    We don’t clutter, we bite our lip and don’t buy stuff that is not needed. So never have to declutter.

  317. Joanne McGawley
    January 24, 2016 / 12:48 pm

    Plastic Stacking Boxes! I have so much clutter not all of which I am ready to part ways with so I have a system of stacking boxes that keep “things” in! Shoe box, Memory box ( things you pick up along the way ), Papers, Pamper box….you name it, I have a box for it! Helps to de-clutter without actually getting rid of the clutter 🙂

  318. January 24, 2016 / 12:54 pm

    Throw anything that isn’t useful or beautiful away

  319. Emma H
    January 24, 2016 / 1:31 pm

    Keep your things organized in storgae boxes.

  320. January 24, 2016 / 1:36 pm

    If you haven’t used something for a year then get rid of it. Our house is currently full of clutter and this is the reasoning I am using to get rid!

  321. Scott Fallon
    January 24, 2016 / 3:32 pm

    Plenty of storage

  322. Harriet Ludford
    January 24, 2016 / 6:22 pm

    Air tight, see through container boxes for the garage. They enables you to keep things you don’t need so often out of the way, but keeps them in good conditioner and easily accessible when you do need them.

  323. Christine Constable
    January 24, 2016 / 7:24 pm

    Don’t try to deal with everything at once. Declutter for 30 minutes at a time, you’ll be amazed how much difference it’ll make.

  324. Kim M
    January 24, 2016 / 7:26 pm

    Always have a charity box on hand to tidy away old books, DVD’S and clothes

  325. Debra Shirley
    January 24, 2016 / 10:56 pm

    If you haven’t worn something for 2 years, you don’t need it. If it is good quality either sell on Ebay or take to a charity shop.

  326. Ashley Thompson
    January 24, 2016 / 11:12 pm

    Just start, make a pile for stuff to throw out, pile for things that need to be put in their home and stuff to donate. Do one room at a time

  327. Jo Hutchinson
    January 24, 2016 / 11:53 pm

    keep your things organised, tidy and clean it will make look less cluttered.

  328. Mary Chez
    January 25, 2016 / 12:22 am

    Do a little at a time. that way you don’t feel overwhelmed

  329. Darrell
    January 25, 2016 / 6:10 am

    I had a bookshelf full of cds and dvds. I threw away all the cases and kept all the discs in a cd/dvd wallet. I now have an almost empty bookshelf, which looks so much better

  330. Sadiyya maryam
    January 25, 2016 / 6:22 am

    I am all for keeping sentimental things and favourite items but I am married to a total hoarder which drives me crazy! As he keeps adding to every collection of everything! I think tackling one room or space at a time and clever neat storage is the only option for us. Though I do have a recurring dream that the declutter fairy came and rook it all away!

  331. Tracey Belcher
    January 25, 2016 / 8:39 am

    I have a motto if in doubt – chuck it out – ignore your greed and give to those in need

  332. Steve Hearne
    January 25, 2016 / 10:14 am

    Get rid of all unwanted items and think about optimizing storage.

    Shelving and Storage boxes are great for storing.

  333. natalie moore
    January 25, 2016 / 11:06 am

    i keep all my sentimental things but if not needed or used anymore and still in good shape i donate to charity shops

  334. Kelly L
    January 25, 2016 / 12:01 pm

    Declutter 15 minutes at a time!

  335. Megan Adams
    January 25, 2016 / 12:30 pm

    Put a mirror on the wall opposite the window – gives the illusion that the room is bigger.

  336. Hannah Smith
    January 25, 2016 / 4:17 pm

    If you want to declutter a cupboard, start by taking everything out, so you actually know what is in there. If there is anything you haven’t used in over a year, consider selling it or at least putting it somewhere more out the way. Then take everything you do use and order it logically so that things you use often are at eye height and near the front and things used together are all on the same shelf.

  337. Philippa Gerrard
    January 25, 2016 / 4:29 pm

    my grandma always told me to do 10 items a day, whether its just moving them into their correct place or getting rid of things, 10 things a day is easy and keeps on top of things

  338. Charlene Keddy
    January 25, 2016 / 6:04 pm

    Definitely do one room at a time. Go with your initial gut reaction when deciding whether or not to get rid of things. And try to keep the options to “Keep” or “Get Rid Of”. Having an “Undecided” pile is often just a way to procrastinate on making the decision to chuck it out xx

  339. January 25, 2016 / 9:04 pm

    Buy things with multiple uses, like a foot stool you can store things in – then keep an eye on what you use and chuck out anything you haven’t used in a while.
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  340. Kim Roberts
    January 25, 2016 / 9:35 pm

    Have you read Konmari? Life changing! If it doesn’t bring you joy, get rid of it!

  341. Hon Cheung
    January 25, 2016 / 10:19 pm

    Follow the one year rule: If in the last 12 months you haven’t used it, remove it!

  342. allison mary
    January 25, 2016 / 11:01 pm

    I find clear boxes to store my shoes inside is the best way to declutter and stop having shoes all around the house! allison mary.

  343. Kelly Hemmings
    January 26, 2016 / 12:07 am

    If you do like to collect clutter use cupboards or sideboards with doors on to hide the clutter away. Use things like nice wicker baskets to store shoes, magazines, towels, even dog toys etc. Keeping them in baskets keeps the place looking tidy without having to stack or place things neatly away.

  344. Hayley Lynch
    January 26, 2016 / 11:40 am

    Instead of leaving piles of unread magazines and books … set a read by target with a post it note on the front … if by that time you have not read pass them on

  345. kaye talvilahti
    January 26, 2016 / 11:42 am

    I find I have to be tough with myself, and decide if I really do need an item. Labelled storage boxes also help.

  346. marta
    January 26, 2016 / 12:02 pm

    I taught my mother how to de clutter .now she gives most of her clutter to the Italian charity shops as I suggested her to do I’ve also begged her to throw some very old stuff away that no one wants around the house by starting off with one room then checking the other rooms, drawers, cub boards etc

  347. charlotte qualter
    January 26, 2016 / 12:41 pm

    i declutter once a year as an incentive i book into a local boot fair and sell it all ……made over a £150 last time xxx

  348. Julie Howarth
    January 26, 2016 / 1:13 pm

    Start with one room at a time, I vacuum store winter/summer clothes and charity shop any clothes I no longer wear

  349. Jodi hill
    January 26, 2016 / 1:18 pm

    If you haven’t used it in a year, get it on eBay!

  350. kelly mobbs
    January 26, 2016 / 1:54 pm

    CFor every 1 new thing you buy, dispose of one old.. clutter should not get so bad then

  351. jessica cook
    January 26, 2016 / 2:31 pm

    Boxes and underbed storage is great i’ve just decluttered the kids toys and arranged them in small easy to move boxes so the living room is no longer cluttered and their toys live under their beds until they want to play with them

  352. Alicia fenton
    January 26, 2016 / 3:49 pm

    Selling the things that I no longer use.

  353. Leeanne Clifford
    January 26, 2016 / 9:14 pm

    Put things away! Don’t put them down to do later

  354. carolyn joyce
    January 26, 2016 / 9:24 pm

    be ruthless and just throw away or sell what you dont use.

  355. Nikki Hunter-Pike
    January 26, 2016 / 9:46 pm

    1. find an empty cupboard
    2. pick up clutter
    3. put clutter in cupboard
    4. pretend it doesn’t exsist anymore because you cant see it…

  356. Justine
    January 26, 2016 / 10:11 pm

    Seasonal Cleans, I love to do 4 big house cleans throughout the year, of which items that don’t get used or worn in this year then i normally place on a well known Auction Site ,

  357. Hayley Elvin
    January 26, 2016 / 10:51 pm

    I regularly declutter. Anything that hasn’t been used in a year goes. We use storage under the bed, under the stairs to utilise space and keep everything tidy

  358. Solange
    January 27, 2016 / 2:22 am

    If you haven’t used it in a year, get rid!

  359. Ruth Goddard
    January 27, 2016 / 11:32 am

    Be ruthless, you’ve not worn it or used it for x amount of time donate it or recycle it. Then merge things into a category and pop in boxes or wicker cute baskets

  360. Esma Blackwell
    January 27, 2016 / 1:58 pm

    If I haven’t worn it or used it for a while I get rid of those items to make space.

  361. Sarah-Louise Thompson
    January 27, 2016 / 3:39 pm

    I like to think that I am a minimalist well I am until you open cupboards and drawers in my house! To look at, my house is minimal but the clutter is always hidden not too far away! I do try to have regular clear outs but It soon builds back up again especially with 2 little girls! So my tip is to regularly sort through things and get rid of un-used or unwanted items!

  362. January 27, 2016 / 5:51 pm

    Have drawers instead of shelves, you can hide more unnecessary things there.

  363. Laura
    January 27, 2016 / 9:16 pm

    I like to get involved in decluttering challenges online as you can encourage each other. I am currently taking part in one where you have to fill a box with decluttered items by the end of the month.

  364. Shahena
    January 27, 2016 / 10:16 pm

    put it all in the spare bedroom and sshut the door

  365. Kerry Bennett
    January 27, 2016 / 10:54 pm

    I do room by room, if the item doesn’t bring you joy or you haven’t used it for 2 years then do you really need it

  366. Matt McAndrew
    January 28, 2016 / 3:26 am

    Storage boxes and vacuum packs!

  367. January 28, 2016 / 9:11 am

    Reading this has inspired me to start decluttering! I have all sorts on my bookshelves and they always look cluttered, you really can’t ever have enough storage can you?

  368. Wendy Hook
    January 28, 2016 / 12:04 pm

    If you have things that are sentimental that take up lots of space e.g. t-shirts from favourite concerts you don’t wear; beer glasses you don’t use but that you stole from a favourite bar on holiday etc. Take a photo of them, apply a trendy filter on instagram and use an online photo site to make a photobook of ‘memorable things’. Then box up the actual things and take them to a charity shop. That way you don;t get upset losing the memory by getting rid of the item but the book takes up a lot less space than boxes full of junk.

  369. keri brooks
    January 28, 2016 / 12:18 pm

    If it hasn’t been worn or played with in a year bagged and straight to charity shop

  370. Rebecca Mercer
    January 28, 2016 / 1:42 pm

    be ruthless with the decluttering if you have no use for it get rid of it.

  371. January 28, 2016 / 2:21 pm

    For me, Storage is key! Covering things up or hiding them out of sight makes such a difference.

  372. Greig spencer
    January 28, 2016 / 2:23 pm

    Have regular clear outs so that things don’t mount up too much. and bin all clothes or take to clothes bank that you dont wear, you will free up soo much space

  373. I Utting
    January 28, 2016 / 11:11 pm

    Don’t get too attached to things

  374. Nat thomason
    January 29, 2016 / 3:48 am

    For every new item in two must go to it’s funeral is be sold on eBay or charity shopped . My local one loves me 🙂

  375. Tracey Mitchell
    January 29, 2016 / 7:45 am

    Its amazing if you sort out your clothes as you come across items you haven’t worn for age’s or have forgot about as I tend to use the same items on top .

  376. Anne Wallwin
    January 29, 2016 / 2:29 pm

    do 10 min bursts to declutter and you will be amzed how much stuff builds up.

  377. Rachel Butterworth
    January 29, 2016 / 6:30 pm

    Give yourself half an hour to gather together your most prized possessions. Then you’ll know what you can’t live without.

  378. Lesley Bambridge
    January 29, 2016 / 7:17 pm

    Set your timer for no longer than 30 minutes and go round the room with a black bag. When the timer goes off, dash out to the car with the stuff, drop it off at the tip or charity shop and don’t look back!

  379. January 29, 2016 / 8:23 pm

    Turn all your coat hangera the wrong way round, each time you use an item turn the coathanger to face the correct way. After 6 months remove all the items facing the wrong way as they have not been worn in 6 months

  380. Sarah
    January 30, 2016 / 1:20 pm

    Make full use of underbed storage options like boxes

  381. Donna Lawton
    January 30, 2016 / 4:28 pm

    My top tip for reducing clutter in my house, would be to divorce my hubby! Lol

  382. Naz M
    January 30, 2016 / 4:53 pm

    Keep a list of what you need to do, eg. which rooms you need to do, if you need anything like boxes etc and take it one room at a time. Don’t rush yourself!

  383. January 30, 2016 / 7:06 pm

    Pretty boxes to store things on shelves that I still want, but that will look cluttered unless put away.

  384. Trudee Hartley
    January 30, 2016 / 7:40 pm

    Tackle a room at a time..have several boxes handy to fill, one for recycling, one for donations to charity and one for items to give friends & family…fill each box as you go from room to room. my motto is if I haven’t worn it or used for in the last two years I don’t need it!

  385. Katie skeoch
    January 30, 2016 / 7:51 pm

    I rotate the decluttering, concentrating on a room at a time. Don’t try and do too much at once it just ends up a nightmare!

  386. Chelsey Hollings
    January 30, 2016 / 8:41 pm

    Be brutal, get rid of things you don’t really need!

  387. Danielle.a
    January 30, 2016 / 10:04 pm

    My top tip for decluttering is storage. Or sell your unwanted things on eBay or car boot sale

  388. Carol Mc
    January 31, 2016 / 5:07 am

    Drawer organisers and lots of storage boxes!!

  389. kimberley ryan
    January 31, 2016 / 1:17 pm

    My tips for de-cluttering are…
    Get the rest of the family involved.
    Do one room at a time
    Sell stuff online or donate to charity, this will make you feel better about de-cluttering.
    Buy some really good storage boxes/units
    Ask yourself, does this item have a use/function that is useful to me
    Set yourself challenges, like throw 5 things away a day

  390. tracy sinclair
    January 31, 2016 / 7:07 pm

    Don’t do too much at once, it can get too overwhelming, set aside a couple of hours every other day or so and sort one cupboard, room etc at a time, getting rid of items that you neither want or use anymore x

  391. Jane Willis
    February 1, 2016 / 5:04 am

    If you think you can’t bear to part with something, put it in a box labelled with that month’s date and store it somewhere. If you really miss the item, you can take it back. Every month get out the box from the same month a year before and get rid of anything left in it – if you’ve not used something for a year you’ll probably never use it again.

  392. February 1, 2016 / 7:48 am

    Decluttering start with one corner have a keep, like, sort(charity) pike and a throw pile . Check with your family as you do this process so no ones favourite toy gets Thrown.
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  393. lynn r
    February 1, 2016 / 10:49 am

    Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.

    William Morris

  394. Laura Kilby
    February 1, 2016 / 11:11 am

    Go through your loft and cupboards once-a-year, and donate anything you’ve not used to charity

  395. Teresa Lee
    February 1, 2016 / 1:09 pm

    Start with the most cluttered room first, from then on it only gets easier

  396. Jessica Walker
    February 1, 2016 / 3:44 pm

    I sort through items of clothing/ gifts/ nick naks every Christmas and Birthday as a minimum and bag up what I no longer what or need to give to charity

  397. Kathleen Lynch
    February 1, 2016 / 4:54 pm

    At the start of the year I decided to get 100 things per week out the house. I have donated things to charity shops and sold a few things on EBay. I have started to see results and the kids haven’t noticed their clutter slowly dwindling.

  398. Gill Holmes
    February 1, 2016 / 5:31 pm

    Live in a small space then it doesn’t accumulate in the first place.

  399. Anthony G
    February 1, 2016 / 5:45 pm

    No hoarding. Simples! 🙂

  400. Helen Langston
    February 1, 2016 / 6:52 pm

    Turn all the coat hangers round in your wardrobe, if within 12 months they haven’t been turned back round give away or sell

  401. esme mccrubb
    February 1, 2016 / 8:04 pm

    if it doesn’t fill you with joy throw it out

  402. Debbie
    February 1, 2016 / 9:02 pm

    By throwing away junk mail as it arrives; also before you purchase a new item for the house make sure you know where you are going to put it, not just because you like it.

  403. stephen holman
    February 1, 2016 / 9:25 pm

    be ruthless when chucking stuff out!! if you’ve not used it / worn it in the last 6 months you probably dont need it taking up space so bin it / recycle it!

  404. Jayne Sullivan
    February 1, 2016 / 11:07 pm

    I am a hoarder by nature. I have started to limit the items that I buy. Any items that I want to keep are filed away and kept in plastic boxes. Any items that I do not need anymore are either thrown away or recycled.

  405. Isabelle Smith
    February 2, 2016 / 12:16 am

    donate anything you dont need to charity

  406. Maria Hackett
    February 2, 2016 / 8:18 am

    never bring the stuff which you don’t need at the first place. to keep top of everything get rid once a week the things you don’t use. sell on ebay and make money or give them to charity!

  407. Michelle Carlin
    February 2, 2016 / 12:11 pm

    Do a little bit at at time and often, so you keep on top of it. Eg go through your jumper cupboard one week, then your shoes the next. It can be overwhelming if you try to do it all at once.

  408. Laura Baker
    February 2, 2016 / 12:19 pm

    Be strict with yourself (on in my case with your partner). If you don’t use things and they’re just gathering dust – get rid! Having a clutter-free environment is so important for well-being.

  409. Jacqueline barker
    February 2, 2016 / 6:13 pm

    One room at a time works well for me. For the kids who never want to part with anything i let them them have one new thing for every load we take to the charity shop works like a charm!

  410. carole n
    February 2, 2016 / 7:07 pm

    Be ruthless, and if if not used or needed take it out of the house.

  411. Sarah Archibald
    February 2, 2016 / 9:57 pm

    turn all hangers one way, when you wear an item, rotate the hanger the opposite way, anything still facing the original direction after 4 months should go 🙂

  412. Vicky kenny
    February 3, 2016 / 12:06 am

    Play some up beat music to get you in the mood, if you don’t use it or wear it take it to the charity shop.

  413. sadie coffin
    February 3, 2016 / 8:07 am

    Take your time and do a bit at a time. If you forgot you had something then get rid. If you haven’t used it in over a year then get rid. Be brave. If you can’t find a place to keep it, get rid. I was amazed how much stuff I chucked and my home looks so much better.

  414. February 3, 2016 / 11:28 am

    If I haven’t used something for 12-18 months I bin it, recycle it or sell it.

  415. Kathleen Bywaters
    February 3, 2016 / 11:40 am

    I think it is important to be honest with yourself, do you really need it? Do you even use it? If you haven’t used in in the past year then no you don’t need it, you don’t use it! Then get rid just think it could fetch some money on Ebay extra bonus!

  416. Helen W
    February 3, 2016 / 2:33 pm

    do one room at a time and with childrens rooms say we are going to sort out your books and toys and clothes and then the ones that are no longer needed can go to the children at hospital to play with/read and the clothes can go to the clothes bank and then think of the same reasoning when you do your own rooms

  417. February 3, 2016 / 5:35 pm

    Upcycle items you don’t want to toss such as crates for shelves and painting scratched up items

  418. Kathryn Davies
    February 3, 2016 / 5:37 pm

    Do it regularly and donate to the charity shop

  419. cheryl lovell
    February 3, 2016 / 6:28 pm

    At the beginning of each year I make sure all my clothes hangers (with clothing on) are facing the same way. Each time I have worn an item, I turn the hanger the opposite way – I can then easily see which items I havent worn for months and throw them or give to charity 🙂

  420. Amy Eastwick
    February 3, 2016 / 6:33 pm

    I’m hopelessly untidy! best tip is to be ruthless and not listen to the devil on your shoulder (who will tell you to keep EVERYTHING!!!)

  421. Rebecca Griffiths
    February 3, 2016 / 7:20 pm

    Storage boxes in cupboards
    . All toys grouped and put in to them that way you can find it all.

  422. Suzie Wilkins
    February 3, 2016 / 7:47 pm

    My advice is get someone else to help you declutter. They can help you be brutal!

  423. donna l jones
    February 3, 2016 / 8:29 pm

    get rid of the stuff you havent touched or used for 6 months

  424. Kiran Parry
    February 3, 2016 / 8:55 pm

    Make some time and ensure that the job is completed and not half done, organise a day so you can get boxes ready, bags to put items in for charity and bags for sny items that are no good or to sell.

  425. Chris Coyle
    February 3, 2016 / 9:00 pm

    Dump dusty things… ruthless!!!

  426. LIZZIE E
    February 3, 2016 / 9:09 pm

    As the seasons change from summer to winter and vice versa, take it as a chance to sort through your wardrobe. If you haven’t worn the clothing this year then it needs to be resold or given to charity, otherwise put it in a vacuum seal bag and store it away in the loft until next year. This’ll remove unused clothes and vacuum sealing clothes you don’t need for six months will make your wardrobe seem a lot lighter!

  427. Tammy Tudor
    February 3, 2016 / 9:16 pm

    sort out a bit at a time it’s overwhelming doing it all at once

  428. Kara
    February 3, 2016 / 9:49 pm

    Don’t hoard things for a long time. If you know that you haven’t used it in a long time and can’t see yourself doing so, get rid of it. Also, keep on top of decluttering throughout the year so that you always have space and it doesn’t feel like such a huge task each time.

  429. caroline cordery
    February 3, 2016 / 10:56 pm

    instead of agonising over a particular book or photo, get rid of BIG stuff first. Like apiece of furniture.

  430. leonie owen
    February 4, 2016 / 12:29 am

    tidy as you go, always think do i really need this?

  431. Martina Evans
    February 4, 2016 / 3:23 am

    Clear out the most cluttered room first. Do this regularly and ensure that you complete each task that you start! Also be ruthless when clearing out junk and throw away or donate items you don’t need or want.

  432. Diane Carey
    February 4, 2016 / 6:37 am

    Do a car boot once or twice a year. Besides de-cluttering you are making money to pay for a treat or towards an holiday etc. Try selling some items especially large things on a FB selling site. I’ve got rid of loads of stuff this way, even things from the garage and shed that aren’t needed. I’ve even put things on the freebie site to help people

  433. Cheryl Price
    February 4, 2016 / 11:48 am

    I hate clutter and wont have it in my house anything out of place i pop into a box tell the kids if not put back away in right place it will be binned and NO replacements.

  434. Ruth Wollerton
    February 4, 2016 / 4:23 pm

    To declutter your wardrobe – take photos of all of your clothes. The match them up to make outfits. Those that don’t match with anything are those you chuck away

  435. Steven K
    February 4, 2016 / 4:40 pm

    Do a little every day

  436. Sarah Searle
    February 4, 2016 / 8:35 pm

    Sell your unwanted things- declutter and make some money

  437. Michelle Ferguson
    February 4, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    Be ruthless and sell anything you don’t use, save the money and buy something fab.

  438. Danielle Rawlings
    February 4, 2016 / 9:15 pm

    I would get 3 boxes, 1 to keep, 1 to chuck and 1 to give to charity and sort all my stuff accordingly

  439. Rebecca Alderson
    February 4, 2016 / 9:42 pm

    I ask myself if I’ve used it in the past year or am I going to use it in the next year. If not it’s gone!

  440. Angie Hoggett
    February 4, 2016 / 9:43 pm

    never keep anything you don’t need, have regular clear outs so that it doesn’t build up

  441. Jacqueline Chapman
    February 4, 2016 / 11:38 pm

    when you decide to de-clutter create a 30 day list and choose an area to do each day. This way it won’t seem so overwhelming.

  442. Gemma Harrison
    February 5, 2016 / 7:11 am

    The one at a time rule! Just cleaning out one draw or cupboard at a time will make you feel good about your progress rather you feeling fed up and tired which will in turn make you more likely to do some more next time. Just taking 10 minutes each day to sort out something that you’ve been procrastinating over, every little helps!

  443. Catherine
    February 5, 2016 / 8:45 am

    If you’ve not used it in a year, eBay/ charity shop it.

  444. Rosie Holloway
    February 5, 2016 / 9:41 am

    Would you miss it if you didn’t have it? No? Then get rid either to dump or charity shop or even sell on ebay and make some money

  445. vicki hennie
    February 5, 2016 / 10:33 am

    I love shelves, I’ve put loads up around my house so i can display all my lovely things x x

  446. Emma Fisher
    February 5, 2016 / 12:21 pm

    Turn all your hangers backwards in your wardrobe. After 6 months the hangers which are still backwards will be the clothes you haven’t worn; sell them/ give them to charity/ throw them away!

  447. Lucy Smith
    February 5, 2016 / 12:41 pm

    Make sure you have space and clear storage space for everything you keep- if it doesn’t have a home, you don’t need it!

  448. Elizabeth Gurney
    February 5, 2016 / 12:46 pm

    If you have things that are similar or more than one of something only keep one!

  449. Laura cooper
    February 5, 2016 / 1:14 pm

    Have a clear out of documents and receipts once a month. If you don’t have a shredder then leave them in soak for an hour to get rid of all your private details.

  450. Julia P
    February 5, 2016 / 1:41 pm

    do one room at a time and get your best friend to be ruthless with you.

  451. Nikki Hayes
    February 5, 2016 / 4:26 pm

    Stackable storage crates – lots of them 😀

  452. Dawn Andrews
    February 5, 2016 / 5:37 pm

    Be ruthless when it comes to getting rid of things you don’t need or use.d

  453. February 5, 2016 / 6:06 pm

    It’s a mammoth task! I always try to do one room at a time and not stop until it is done, my tip would be take a bag for rubbish a bag for charity and a box for keeping. Then go through the room and take the charity bag straight to the shop!

  454. Sarah Rees
    February 5, 2016 / 6:17 pm

    Regularly de-clutter and dont leave it too long. We live in a small bungalow so regular decluttering is essential

  455. Ann Skamarauskas
    February 5, 2016 / 6:23 pm

    If it hasn’t been worn or used for a year take it to the charity shop or recyling. Vacuum pack non-seasonal clothes.

  456. Carole
    February 5, 2016 / 6:32 pm

    I repurpose old boxes and furniture into DIY storage items. It helps to store all the little bits and pieces, and you can make them look really unique.

  457. Kay Broomfield
    February 5, 2016 / 7:40 pm

    Tackle one room a month so it doesn’t become overwhelming.

  458. February 5, 2016 / 7:51 pm

    Buy beds with a large amount of storage underneath – it comes in very useful !

  459. Karen Howden
    February 5, 2016 / 8:08 pm

    if its not been used in 6 months, throw it out

  460. Nic
    February 6, 2016 / 1:12 am

    I’ll put an item in the understairs cupboard in the hope of using it but if it isn’t used by the time I come to clear out the cupboard in spring then out to the bin it goes. I have kept all sorts of junk dotted around every room of the house for years just waiting to use it and this way it gets one last chance, then bye bye 🙂

  461. Lynsey Buchanan
    February 6, 2016 / 3:09 am

    If the item has not been used in the last 6 – 12 months then recycle or donate it to a charity shop

  462. Clare fox
    February 6, 2016 / 8:44 am

    Decide when you last used it and it you have used it is 12 months get rid. Start on the kids rooms first as there are usually clothes and toys there. I then use our local selling sites and put the money into the kids money boxes for future treats.

    Sold items for £160 yesterday so definitely worth doing

  463. Lauren Old
    February 6, 2016 / 9:20 am

    Storage boxes that slide under your bed are great for de-cluttering

  464. EJ Dunn
    February 6, 2016 / 10:58 am

    Donate or sell an item of clothing every time you get another one

  465. February 6, 2016 / 10:59 am

    I am in the middle of decluttering just nowc, best to start with one room at a time .I ask my self do I really need this , if not I take it to the charity shop

  466. February 6, 2016 / 12:36 pm

    If you wouldn’t buy a particular item now, don’t keep it.

  467. sharon martin
    February 6, 2016 / 1:00 pm

    go through one room at a time and be strict with yourself. Piles are good i.e throw away, donate & sell piles.

  468. Robby Price
    February 6, 2016 / 1:53 pm

    Save nothing

  469. February 6, 2016 / 2:05 pm

    Have a good sort through cupboards twice a year and decide what products fit best in which drawers/cupboards. Think how often you use the item and if you haven’t touched it in the last year then throw it / recycle it / sell it / give it to charity!

  470. Gwyn Sharps
    February 6, 2016 / 2:16 pm

    Donate stuff you don’t use regularly to a charity that you feel strongly about, and then you’ll feel that the items you’ve got rid of are serving a worthwhile purpose.

  471. Charlotte Shaughnessy
    February 6, 2016 / 3:08 pm

    Be ruthless!

  472. James Holyland
    February 6, 2016 / 3:09 pm

    As you go round collecting stuff to get rid of remember that means you will have room for nice new stuff!

  473. February 6, 2016 / 3:17 pm

    Work round a room clockwise, keep a timer on the go and do it in bursts of 10/15/20 minutes at ta time

  474. Caroline Blaza
    February 6, 2016 / 3:31 pm

    De-clutter one room at a time and be ruthless x

  475. Joan Percival
    February 6, 2016 / 3:56 pm

    Put things to go away upstairs on the 1st step. Never pass by without taking them up and put them away before you go down again. If you haven’t got time, put them on the bed so that you can’t go to bed without finishing the task.

  476. Emilie Curry
    February 6, 2016 / 3:56 pm

    Do it often and be ruthless!

    February 6, 2016 / 4:17 pm

    I recently brought an old ottoman and shabby chic’d it and brought some new material to cover the top
    its saved loads of space for our bedding and towels all fit in – cheap and easy and unique too!

  478. February 6, 2016 / 4:20 pm

    Be ruthless, but with kids it is hard with toys etc but i donate regularly to the local charity shop, ebay and clothes bank.

    I have arranged a clothes collection every 6 months from our local scout hut they get £450 per ton or part and that helps go towards new equipment. I always have a bag for old clothes. My neighbour died and i helped the relatives clear pout and took over 35 bags of clothes, materials curtains etc and it all went to the clothes bank for the scouts they where really pleased it was removed and helped them move on.

  479. Julie
    February 6, 2016 / 4:35 pm

    Rope in your friends to help. They will generally tell you if you’re hanging onto crap and sometimes will even need (and take away 🙂 some of your “junk”).

  480. Andy Hill
    February 6, 2016 / 4:38 pm

    Throwing out stuff I don’t need!

    February 6, 2016 / 4:47 pm

    Start with the clothes in your wardrobe. Give them to a charity shop, and you feel better for doing something useful and a benefit to others.

  482. Spencer Broadley
    February 6, 2016 / 5:36 pm

    Move home!!!! I know it is drastic – I have just had to move home to downsize – it is amazing how much you can get rid of!!

  483. joanna butler-savage
    February 6, 2016 / 6:26 pm

    do the kids’ rooms when they’re out or they won’t let you

  484. Kirsti Peters
    February 6, 2016 / 6:26 pm

    I have always found that drinking a nice bottle of wine whilst you de clutter helps a lot, this is because as you get further down the bottle the more ruthless you get at throwing out stuff. x

  485. Bob Scott
    February 6, 2016 / 6:35 pm

    If you haven’t used it in over a year, then get rid of it. Be ruthless, and remember you can make a bit of cash selling items that are cluttering up your home. Do a little at a time.

  486. Tammy Stevenson
    February 6, 2016 / 7:07 pm

    I have a box in our hall cupboard and I put all bits we don’t seem to use but are always there inside every will stay there until the next fortnight whatever is left is put into a charity bag which is left for another fortnight and of nobody has missed them then off they go to charity. That way I never need a big clear out which takes hours and my partner and son don’t notice that all their useless stuff is gone but I still get rid of it. I do the same with small toys every two months and big toys every 6 months each have a month to notice they are gone or off they go!

  487. Liz
    February 6, 2016 / 7:26 pm

    Ask your teenagers opinions on your wardrobe. They are ruthless!

  488. Helen Humphries
    February 6, 2016 / 7:59 pm

    Try to look at stuff with new eyes. A lot of stuff that I keep for sentimental reasons when I actually think about it I’ve moved on and don’t need to hang on to it anymore but so used to being there just don’t see it anymore!

    February 6, 2016 / 8:09 pm

    I have to be in the right frame of mind on a good day when l have no plans and the weathers bad then l think get ready for the good weather and so l get stuck in , i bag for the bin 1 for the charty and then get every draw emptyed out and sort

  490. Diana
    February 6, 2016 / 8:19 pm

    I always looking for things I could sell or give to charity, feels good to get rid of something that hasn’t been used for a long time 🙂

  491. Steve Miles
    February 6, 2016 / 9:09 pm

    Be ruthless

  492. Donna W
    February 6, 2016 / 9:21 pm

    Buy storage boxes you like the look of so you’re more likely to use them.
    Have a clear-out at least once a year and take what you don’t use to a charity shop or make some money listing it on an auction website.
    We also recently put some old furniture outside that had been cluttering up our garage with a sign on it saying ‘FREE’ – someone took it all within 15 minutes!

  493. Ellie P
    February 6, 2016 / 9:43 pm

    Be brutal – if you haven’t used it in 6 months, then bin it!

  494. Suzanne Roberts
    February 6, 2016 / 10:12 pm

    Don’t try to do too much at once, start with one room at a time if you can or if not, sort through areas of a room – but do it regularly and it will soon be clear and you’ll feel lighter.

  495. Dan Lancaster-Holmes
    February 6, 2016 / 10:25 pm

    throw things out

  496. Amy Beckett
    February 6, 2016 / 10:25 pm

    The year rule – If you haven’t used it you don’t need it.

  497. Hekna
    February 7, 2016 / 12:20 am

    I like to use storage boxes in cupboards and draws to help keep things organise and to make the best use of space.

  498. Natalie
    February 7, 2016 / 12:54 am

    So helpful! thanks for all the tips!!

  499. Sarah E
    February 7, 2016 / 1:30 am

    Throw everything into one big box, if you need the thing, dig it out of the box – whatever’s left in a year’s time, you can throw out / give away.

  500. Barbara Jane Shaw
    February 7, 2016 / 1:47 am

    Join a couple of local free sites on Facebook and advertise your clutter for free, people will take anything – old mags, old toys, crockery, anything if its free! This stops you putting it back under the bed and you don’t have to waste valuable sorting time taking stuff to tips/charity shops etc

  501. Jon Slater
    February 7, 2016 / 2:04 am

    1. Bin all linen with any stains
    2. Never save Christmas cards.
    3. Old clothes are gone. You’ll never get skinnier again.
    4.You’ll never need anything saved from university.
    5. Old porn mags should be deposited in random local hedges for future generations to savour.

  502. Andrea Johnson
    February 7, 2016 / 3:28 am

    I’ve started being brutal with my books, all the ones I’ll never read again are going, textbooks excepted. 4 IKEA bookcases full is just silly. My local hospital is appreciative and I remember how bored I was on the maternity ward when I was stuck in with kidney infections before the babies were born

  503. Ashley Phillips
    February 7, 2016 / 3:31 am

    If there are things you are unsure about getting rid of box them up anyway and put them in the loft or garage out of sight. If you haven’t needed to use anything from the box in 3 months then it will be easier to throw out or donate

  504. David Price
    February 7, 2016 / 6:22 am

    We recycle as much as possible through ebay and boot sales. This gets rid of old toys, clothes etc. to make space

  505. Martina Alban
    February 7, 2016 / 7:55 am

    storage boxes and shelves

  506. Marie Carr
    February 7, 2016 / 8:41 am

    Don’t ruthless 🙂

  507. Jemma edge
    February 7, 2016 / 8:55 am

    Do a bag for charity , recycling and rubbish! And be ruthless, are you really going to use that when you haven’t touched it in the past year?

  508. Iris W
    February 7, 2016 / 9:39 am

    I try to keep on top of it by decluttering regularly and keeping storage boxes in the loft

  509. Jade Hewlett
    February 7, 2016 / 10:20 am

    Take any unwanted clutter to the recycling or charity shop straight away before you have a chance to change your mind

  510. Amanda Botterill
    February 7, 2016 / 10:40 am

    grit your teeth and be brutal!

  511. Katherine Coldicott
    February 7, 2016 / 10:41 am

    Go through a room at a time & look at items, keep items that you really love or have a definate purpose.

  512. Susan Sargent
    February 7, 2016 / 10:42 am

    Store what you need to keep in the loft,
    then EBay anything of great value,
    next the charity shop,
    then everything else to the recycling plant .

  513. Caroline R
    February 7, 2016 / 10:59 am

    Is paper taking up space? can you digitise it? scanning or taking photos of old essays, kids paintings etc can save loads of room.

  514. mike proffitt
    February 7, 2016 / 11:37 am

    My tip is simply, to just get on with it, the biggest problem is getting started

  515. Jo W
    February 7, 2016 / 12:04 pm

    Ask yourself if you have used an item in the last 12 months and if not, are you really going to use it again? Also take one area at a time so it doesn’t seem so daunting.

  516. Sarah Bates
    February 7, 2016 / 12:15 pm

    I try and clear out one cupboard a week to keep on top of the clutter! I can be a bit of a horder.

  517. Jeremy Hards
    February 7, 2016 / 12:35 pm

    Declutter one room at a time. Once one room looks good you will feel good about it. Hopefully this will encourage you to do more

  518. Harriet Kendall
    February 7, 2016 / 12:37 pm

    Start the year with everything hanging in the wardrobe the wrong way round on the hanger. When you wear it, hang it back up the right way around. By the end of the year, anything that’s still facing the wrong way is ready to go to a charity shop!

  519. Susan B
    February 7, 2016 / 12:50 pm

    Before you start, pick a favourite charity and decide you will donate as much as you possibly can to them. It makes it so much easier to declutter knowing you are helping a cause that is close to your heart.

  520. Melanie Southey-Hill
    February 7, 2016 / 1:31 pm

    Be brutal with getting rid of things that haven’t been used/worn for ages. I always give loads of clothes to the charity shop

  521. February 7, 2016 / 1:33 pm

    Take to charity or sell anything you haven;t used in a year! Or think if I moved house, would I take this?!

  522. Michelle Austin
    February 7, 2016 / 1:44 pm

    Just be ruthless.

  523. Amanda Gregory
    February 7, 2016 / 1:49 pm

    I let someone else go through the things. They aren’t sentimental about the rubbish I hoard! Plenty of drawers and shelves for what is saved too.

  524. Sheila Howes
    February 7, 2016 / 1:50 pm

    Do it room by room – set aside a couple of hours per week to do it. Don’t get overwhelmed.

  525. February 7, 2016 / 1:57 pm

    If it isn’t beautiful or useful you dn’t need it.

  526. Victoria N
    February 7, 2016 / 2:00 pm

    Create hidden storage wherever possible and label boxes so you know what is in them

  527. katie parsons
    February 7, 2016 / 2:01 pm

    Ever term have a clean out of clothes and clutter in each room. Not only will you feel amazing but also keeps things clutter free

  528. Phil Boyle
    February 7, 2016 / 2:06 pm

    If you havn’t used it , worn it or looked at it in the previous six months . Sell it , give it away or bin it.

  529. Katie Kingsbury
    February 7, 2016 / 2:29 pm

    If it’s not beautiful or useful, let it go. If you haven’t worn or used it in 12-18 months, get rid of it. If you like it but you don’t have space for it, make the space or chuck it out. I find clutter/mess quite stressful, though I can be quite sentimental so I would keep more stuff if I wasn’t quite ruthless at times. I’m a lot happier with less ‘stuff’ in the house though.

  530. Florence Cross
    February 7, 2016 / 2:39 pm

    When your wardrobe is bulging and you know it’s time to have a clear out try to identify the clothes you need to clear out. A good way is to hang all your clothes with the hangers in the reverse direction. After you wear an item, return it to the wardrobe with the hanger facing the correct direction. After a few months, you’ll have a clear picture of which clothes you can easily discard.

  531. Dawn F
    February 7, 2016 / 2:53 pm

    I store all of our holiday items, like luggage scales and extra beach towels inside of our suitcases.

  532. Victoria B
    February 7, 2016 / 2:53 pm

    Baskets and crates help tidy up the things you need near to you.

  533. Marrian
    February 7, 2016 / 3:17 pm

    If you haven’t used it for six months, get rid.

  534. Judi
    February 7, 2016 / 3:34 pm

    quite the hoarder but when I am in the mood I go through my clothes. Anything that I haven’t worn for a long time or doesn’t fit anymore goes to charity.

  535. Adrian Bold
    February 7, 2016 / 3:54 pm

    The best way to declutter is to resell those unwanted items on ebay / carboots etc. It’s amazing how much you can find to sell when you start making a little extra money from those unwanted items around the place.

  536. olivia Kirby
    February 7, 2016 / 4:03 pm

    Be brutal. Look at what room you have and what you don’t use, chuck out accordingly. We live in a pokey house, 5 of us and no room for sentimentality unfortunately.

  537. Claire Stewart
    February 7, 2016 / 4:04 pm

    Dont hoard, organise and arrange and you will never feel like hoarder as everything will have a place

  538. Brenda Davies
    February 7, 2016 / 4:16 pm

    “KonMari” method of organizing and de-cluttering says to pick up each object if it inspires joy keep it, if it doesn’t, it needs to go.

  539. Michelle Jenkins
    February 7, 2016 / 4:23 pm

    My tip is to declutter on your own, if my husband is around he’s worse than a child he wants to keep absolutely everythiing. Doing one room at a time by the time he goes for whatever he’s left laid around it’s gone and too late, surprisingly he has managed without as well.

  540. Charlotte
    February 7, 2016 / 4:31 pm

    I live in a very small house so it’s simple if I don’t love it or not used it, it goes

  541. Emma Schofield
    February 7, 2016 / 4:58 pm

    Vac packs are good and can be stored under your bed.

  542. Angela Kelly
    February 7, 2016 / 5:00 pm

    Be ruthless: If you don’t need it anymore then chuck it out!

  543. Theresa M
    February 7, 2016 / 5:02 pm

    My first declutter tip is: Little and often. Second: be mindful about creating clutter in the first place, ask yourself why you are really taking whatever it is home with you. Third: A place for everything and everything in it’s place … it’s only clutter if it is left lying around, if it helps label things, shoe box, sewing box, craft box etc so that everyone knows where everything goes and you are not the only one left to keep things in order :0)

  544. Allie Campbell
    February 7, 2016 / 5:03 pm

    Clothes – Be ruthless, if you don’t wear it, donate it to the charity shop. will give you so much more space.
    Kids Room – Do this when they are at school and most of the time they will not notice the odd toy they no longer play with missing.

  545. James Mullen
    February 7, 2016 / 5:18 pm

    Don’t let things pile up. Get rid of any unwanted belongings on Ebay/Gumtree.

  546. Pam Francis Gregory
    February 7, 2016 / 5:45 pm

    Get some storage boxes

  547. Michelle Wild
    February 7, 2016 / 5:57 pm

    Those bags where you extract the air make space for more clothes. Sadly in bigger sizes these days.

  548. Rebecca Powell
    February 7, 2016 / 6:00 pm

    I love to use Ikea bits for storage – they are always my first port of call

  549. fran conley
    February 7, 2016 / 6:01 pm

    Don’t try decluttering when the family are around because, as soon as you get them out to throw away, they will suddenly want/need things they haven’t used for years!

  550. Vicki Macdonald
    February 7, 2016 / 6:09 pm

    The best i’ve come across at de cluttering clothes shoes handbags kids clothes & toys is by swapping with friends or getting in touch with a homeless charity, i’d rather pass on than bin it ! anything not used worn or played with or outgrown can be passed on 🙂 great way of getting yourself some pre loved clothes etc 🙂

  551. Donna Browne
    February 7, 2016 / 6:16 pm

    I declutter alone cause my children are as bad as my husband at hoarding I sometimes put things in the loft and if they dont miss them after a year I take to charity or tip

  552. Carol Thomas
    February 7, 2016 / 6:16 pm

    Regarding clothing and de-cluttering I have a rule of thumb if I haven’t worn it in 5 months it goes out. If it is a special occasion dress or outfit only then that doesn’t fall in that rule. I apply the same rule to shoes coats and jackets. I apply the rule do I need it, will I use it? to all de-cluttering projects

  553. Lauren Prater
    February 7, 2016 / 6:17 pm

    If you have a bed with space under it, make sure you utilise this area the best you can! I have installed some ikea box shelves under my bed but turned them sideways – now I have 5 box drawers either side of my bed! Perfect

  554. February 7, 2016 / 6:18 pm

    I am terrible for hiding things out of sight, go though those things and if you haven’t used them get rid

  555. Anneka Hulse
    February 7, 2016 / 6:51 pm

    it you haven’t used it for more than a year get rid or donate to local charity shop

  556. February 7, 2016 / 7:00 pm

    Be brutal when tidying up and throw out what”s not needed and not being used

  557. Marta Lewanska
    February 7, 2016 / 7:03 pm

    Charity shop!

  558. Jenny Jones
    February 7, 2016 / 7:07 pm

    My rule is if I hadn’r worn it in over a year it goes, exception to the rule being the odd evening dress I don’t get chance to wear ,uch with 2 young kids lol

  559. Charlotte Carter-Dunn
    February 7, 2016 / 7:19 pm

    Hide it in the wardrobe where nobody can see it!!

  560. Jane Middleton
    February 7, 2016 / 7:20 pm

    create space but putting things back in their place regularly.

  561. Jennifer Rhymer
    February 7, 2016 / 7:29 pm

    Have regular clear outs or it turns into a mammoth task and don’t keep things ‘just in case’ they may come in handy at some point, especially if you’ve not used it with the last 6 months x

  562. Hannah Smith
    February 7, 2016 / 7:35 pm

    organise and declutter in small chunks. If you try to tackle a whole room at once you’ll burn out and give up.

  563. Alix Smith
    February 7, 2016 / 7:46 pm

    move house! – ok so maybe a bit extreme, but I’ve just moved & we threw away so much stuff!!

  564. Kim Lam
    February 7, 2016 / 7:52 pm

    Be ruthless. If you haven’t used something for six months, get rid of it

  565. February 7, 2016 / 8:07 pm

    If you not use items in a while get rid and always start one room at a time always works for me x

  566. Victoria Prince
    February 7, 2016 / 8:08 pm

    I think my top tip is to break it right down – not just room by room but even cupboard by cupboard – and set small, achievable goals – like today I will go through the dresser in the living room – of one area a day.

    Little rewards don’t hurt either 🙂 maybe something like a piece of chocolate or a relaxing bath!

  567. February 7, 2016 / 8:13 pm

    I always pass toys/clothes to friends and anything that I don’t pass down I bag up for charity.

  568. Meena Hindmarch
    February 7, 2016 / 8:18 pm

    Be ruthless!

  569. Katie leavy
    February 7, 2016 / 8:26 pm

    I take it room by room and make a list of items/ clothes I am unsure as to keep for some items I put a coup,e of months next to it giving me time to use it if still unused i pass it down to a family member or give it to a charity shop therefore it feels like you are giving something back and letting other people love the stuff you no longer do

  570. Angela
    February 7, 2016 / 8:36 pm

    If you don’t love it, lose it. You really won’t miss it. Clearing out is really rewarding after as it can declutter the mind as well. Give your items to charity and you’ll be doing good as well.

  571. Tasha hamilton
    February 7, 2016 / 8:37 pm

    Store things in decorative boxes

  572. helen booth
    February 7, 2016 / 8:37 pm

    I have a curtain under the stairs, behind it, different pretty storage boxes for various things

  573. Louise Allen
    February 7, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    I find it so hard to declutter. I have guilty feelings abut getting rid of things other people (especially my mum) have got me. To keep myself going I set mini-tasks – like do 2 shelves first, and see if I can push to do one more when I’ve finished those. It can help to have a non-judgemental friend around to help talk you out of ridiculousness sometimes too!!

  574. Louise M
    February 7, 2016 / 9:07 pm

    be brutal, if you dont use it and it doesnt make you smile you dont need it!

  575. Katie
    February 7, 2016 / 9:17 pm

    Keep an ‘outbox’ in a cupboard somewhere (we use under the stairs) and drop stuff in it regularly, just be constantly editing your stuff. Once it’s full drop it off at the charity shop and start again. Even if it’s only one thing a week it does make a difference over time.

  576. Patricia Avery
    February 7, 2016 / 9:21 pm

    6 years ago when I retired I sorted through over 40 years of clutter (teachers are born hoarders) It took me nearly 3 months and I swore never again! Since then I go through each shelf, drawer, wardrobe, room and declutter again on a regular basis (about 3 times a year) Doesn’t take too long now and it is so much easier to keep the house tidy and clean 🙂

  577. Susan Race
    February 7, 2016 / 9:32 pm

    Focus on one room at a time, and don’t move clutter from place to place 🙂

  578. Angela Paull
    February 7, 2016 / 9:32 pm

    Try and have a sort out every 6 months or so – if you leave it too long it becomes a massive elephant to be eaten!

  579. sarah
    February 7, 2016 / 9:34 pm

    go through all the stuff you think i’ll keep that just incase and if you havent used it in the past year chances are you never will so get rid.

  580. Jessica Coleman
    February 7, 2016 / 9:36 pm

    Charity shop items you no longer require.

  581. Sheri Darby
    February 7, 2016 / 9:52 pm

    Just take it slowly – don’t be daunted and you soon find it is done

  582. Jane Gorton
    February 7, 2016 / 10:00 pm

    If you don’t wear it recycle it.

  583. Sarah Casey
    February 7, 2016 / 10:07 pm

    To give things away to charity shops if they’ve not been worn or used in a year.

  584. Corinne Wallace
    February 7, 2016 / 10:14 pm

    Ebay! By putting things I no longer want on Ebay I know someone else is getting use out of them, they’re not cluttering up a landfill, and I might get a bit of money too!

  585. Jason Tolliss
    February 7, 2016 / 10:19 pm

    Banana boxes are great for storing CDs, books and DVDs. Store the with the spine showing so you can easily see the title and pick the one you want to play/read.

  586. helenRMad
    February 7, 2016 / 10:23 pm

    have a clear out a least once a year, be ruthless, either sell or donate unused stuff

  587. Maria Clarke
    February 7, 2016 / 10:23 pm

    one draw at a time

  588. Sarah Robinson
    February 7, 2016 / 10:24 pm

    Start with one area at a time. Throw unwanted items away or take to charity shop before starting next job.

  589. Jacqueline Mclean
    February 7, 2016 / 10:29 pm

    Dont hoard be brutal in getting rid f unused stuff

  590. Keelyann Chauntry
    February 7, 2016 / 10:32 pm

    get rid of the junk draw!! x

  591. Layla Thomas
    February 7, 2016 / 10:44 pm

    Every 3 months I go through the kids clothes and toys and make a donation to a charity shop.

  592. Jayne K
    February 7, 2016 / 10:49 pm

    Get a less sentimental relative or friend to help you.

  593. Susan Carruthers
    February 7, 2016 / 10:53 pm

    Don’t let magazines pile up, part with them as soon as you’ve read them. Dispose of junk mail immediately. Only buy clothes when you need them and take any you no longer wear to the charity shop.

  594. Petra Hora
    February 7, 2016 / 11:01 pm

    I do regular clothes swaps with my friends and car boot sale.

  595. TJ Wells
    February 7, 2016 / 11:02 pm

    The Marie Kondo method was very helpful to me, because I never felt I could part with a gift – however unsuited to me it was! My viewpoint now is that if an item isn’t beautiful and if it doesn’t resonate with me in a positive way, it had better be useful. If it’s neither, then out it goes.

  596. Emma Rawlinson
    February 7, 2016 / 11:05 pm

    Plastic storage drawers are great for extra storage and categorising things (and are cheap!). I use mine for handbags, scarves, pyjamas etc

  597. Diane S
    February 7, 2016 / 11:12 pm

    It sounds really basic but make sure all your drawers and cupboards are closed. Nothing looks messier than half open drawers with things falling out of them.

  598. Chantel L
    February 7, 2016 / 11:18 pm

    I like the idea of organised clutter, pretty or simply neat storage for those things you *have* to keep. Everything else? Declutter small areas at a time (seems like less work!) and try not to be too sentimental about items you realistically don’t need or use.

  599. Joanna Sawka
    February 7, 2016 / 11:27 pm

    Give away one thing per day. It wonr be so overwhelming

  600. ali thorpe
    February 7, 2016 / 11:29 pm

    Do little and often, like picking a shelf, drawer or similar per week so it’s manageable.

  601. Keshia Esgate
    February 7, 2016 / 11:55 pm

    Give away one thing for every new things you buy

  602. Kerry W
    February 8, 2016 / 12:02 am

    Little and often!! You can’t declutter a whole home in a day. Go from room to room in managable bursts.

  603. February 8, 2016 / 12:35 am

    at the start of the year place all your clothes on coat hangers facing the same way – each time you wear, wash and then put away an item of clothing twist the hanger round so it’s facing the opposite way. After 6 months check which hangers are still facing the original way – these are clothes your not wearing so you should get rid of them

  604. February 8, 2016 / 12:38 am

    Be ruthless and get rid of things you have not used and not missed for a long time.

  605. Mark Johnson
    February 8, 2016 / 12:43 am

    be aggresive not used for 12 months you no where it should go

  606. Lynne OConnor
    February 8, 2016 / 1:05 am

    Don’t try when the kids are at home. Box up everything they don’t use and if they don’t miss it in month, bin, donate or sell

  607. Lucy Camilla
    February 8, 2016 / 1:25 am

    Anything you’ve not used within the past year donate/get rid of. Too easy to become a hoarder!

  608. February 8, 2016 / 1:27 am

    Read Marie Kondos book and sort things by category and as quick as possible.

  609. alice ligfhtning
    February 8, 2016 / 2:31 am

    I,m a hoarder do not like getting rid of anything if I can help it so bagged securely and stored in the attic so de cluttered downstairs yet still keep your little bits and pieces simple or donate to a good charity shop for good causes this will also help the charity and help out someone else too

  610. Tina Murray
    February 8, 2016 / 2:49 am

    Just get rid of things you have no use for anymore

  611. sally poole
    February 8, 2016 / 6:46 am

    Just declutter regularly 🙂

  612. John Myers
    February 8, 2016 / 7:27 am

    With kids toys if it hasn’t been played with for months concider giving away to family members who have children or maybe giving away to charity shop.

  613. Jayne T
    February 8, 2016 / 7:51 am

    Get the whole family to join in and then it gets done in half the time.

  614. Georgina Davey
    February 8, 2016 / 8:07 am

    Best tip for decluttering – sell unwanted stuff! Earn some money at the same time 🙂

  615. Kirsty Sparks
    February 8, 2016 / 8:27 am

    Sell anything you don’t use

  616. Jessica Hutton
    February 8, 2016 / 8:44 am

    If you haven’t used it in the last year it doesn’t stay. We then do a carboot sale as a family and with the money we earn we do something nice. The last time we did it we went to the zoo. It motivates you to part with things xx

  617. February 8, 2016 / 8:54 am

    if you haven’t used something in the last 4 seasons chances are you wont use it again, so get rid 🙂

  618. Amy Mills
    February 8, 2016 / 9:04 am

    A clutter house is a cluttered mind!keep everything minimalistic!My top tip is on the 1st of January I turn all my coat hangers the same way, once something has been worn I’ll turn the hanger then in 6 months time anything that hasn’t been worn goes to the charity shop

  619. February 8, 2016 / 9:15 am

    i would say you must de clutter regularly to save a massive build up, and if you have to keep something maybe try them vacuum bags they are fabulous for storing things

  620. Roxanne Hartwright
    February 8, 2016 / 9:32 am

    Ikea storage systems!

  621. Alice OConnor
    February 8, 2016 / 9:39 am

    Anything that doesn’t bring you “joy” get rid of…or try to!!!

    February 8, 2016 / 9:55 am

    My tip is not to do it all at once but give yourself the task to clear one drawer or one cupboard at a time – then if you exceed your target and do 2 drawers instead you will feel fabulous 🙂

  623. Teresa sheldon
    February 8, 2016 / 9:57 am

    I get all the family involved sorting through their stuff and do a boot sale with it the kids love it as they get paid for things they have outgrown etc and it works no moaning all done without fuss

  624. Emma Fox
    February 8, 2016 / 9:58 am

    Don’t put too many things I the loft to ‘store’ – when things go up there you forget about them!!!

  625. cathyj
    February 8, 2016 / 10:24 am

    if not used for a year get rid

  626. Laura Whittle
    February 8, 2016 / 10:38 am

    Don’t keep what you don’t need. I have a big box that every time I find something that we don’t use anymore or clothes that don’t fit, toys that aren’t played with, they go in the box. Once a week I take piccies and sell via ebay or facebook and use the money to treat my kids to days out.

  627. Samantha Atherton
    February 8, 2016 / 10:51 am

    Think about storage solutions, if everything has a place then it won’t be left out.

  628. audrey odriscoll
    February 8, 2016 / 10:52 am

    I’ve put shelves over my children’s door frame, great for all those toys they don’t use everyday and saves floor space.

  629. steven beasley
    February 8, 2016 / 11:07 am

    Anything not being used and not likely to be used then either bin it or give it to charity

  630. Carol Emmett
    February 8, 2016 / 11:16 am

    Be creative when looking for storage/display solutions. I had an awkward small wall that was the wrong size for all the display cabinets I looked at, but a glass shelved unit meant for the bathroom was the perfect size and looks great with a few choice ornaments on it.

  631. Cara Bemrose-williams
    February 8, 2016 / 11:19 am

    Good storage is a clutter lover’s friend- keeps everything nice & tidy & out of sight 🙂

  632. Philip
    February 8, 2016 / 11:22 am


    I have been decluttering my room this weekend LOL two black bin lines of rubbish I don’t need or use plus I have found a bag of item to sell online so that’s my tip sell you junk on eBay !


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  633. Dianne Brewin
    February 8, 2016 / 11:22 am

    Remember to look up in a room too. There are plenty of storage solutions that can be higher up in a room to leave floor space free.

  634. Guy Plater
    February 8, 2016 / 11:23 am

    Do you need it? When did you last use it? Is it sentimental? – Answer these questions and if applicable, throw it away/sell it. You’ll probably find a whole load of stuff you never knew you had, then when all that is gone you can put away the stuff you do need!

  635. Claire Appleton
    February 8, 2016 / 11:34 am

    Be ruthless and throw anything away that you havent used in a long time also get storage boxes for bits and bats!

  636. Mary Campbell
    February 8, 2016 / 11:38 am

    In a word: Gumtree. Saves so much on postage and fees compared to eBay

  637. Kelly Ellen Hirst
    February 8, 2016 / 11:42 am

    I’d 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

  638. Ruby Spiteri
    February 8, 2016 / 11:43 am

    If you don’t use it, bin it!

  639. claire sen
    February 8, 2016 / 11:44 am

    I’m really, really ruthless. If I haven’t worn it for a year I get rid of it. I’m always putting clothes on ebay too, as soon as my children grow out of them.
    For my husband’s clutter, well that’s what the garage is for!

  640. Hannah smith
    February 8, 2016 / 11:45 am

    The best way I find for storage is to buy containers that can be stacked! Anything stackable can be put up high on shelving and will limit the amount of floor space used!

    Also If your like me and a hoarder than little boxes,baskets or anything like that can be great to store things in and hide little items! X

  641. amy clark
    February 8, 2016 / 11:50 am

    be very brutal get a skip or take it to tip

  642. Allan Fullarton
    February 8, 2016 / 11:52 am

    Do little bits at a time and doesn’t seem like such a chore.

  643. Victoria La Mon
    February 8, 2016 / 11:55 am

    My top tip is to work through one room at a time with 3 boxes, one is for put away stuff, one for throw away one for storage (so loft). Work through each room and it will force you to make a decision about all the clutter. This is best done without children in my experience, also make sure the put away stuff is designated a permanent home this way you shouldn’t loose anything.

  644. Simon Smith
    February 8, 2016 / 12:01 pm

    Start with getting rid of the big stuff first: The elephant carcass, the half ton of bricks in the hallway and the helicopter rotor blades…

  645. Karen Barrett
    February 8, 2016 / 12:09 pm

    I am not a hoarder, if I haven’t used/worn something in the previous twelve months, it goes!

  646. matthew colburn
    February 8, 2016 / 12:14 pm

    be ruthless and get rid of anything not being used either sell or dump

  647. Hayley Morgan
    February 8, 2016 / 12:22 pm

    I live with a crazy hoarder and my house looks like landfill,so my advice would be….don’t live with a crazy hoarder and your house will be tidy!

  648. Sarah Lewis
    February 8, 2016 / 12:55 pm

    At the change of the seasons always have a good sort out and throw out or recycle anything that you’ve not used.

  649. Melanie Burton
    February 8, 2016 / 1:08 pm

    With regards to decluttering – if you haven’t worn/used something for longer than a year – then get rid as it’s unlikely that you will use it again!

  650. Dale Dow
    February 8, 2016 / 1:24 pm

    buy fancy storage boxes, the place then looks a lot less cluttered x

  651. Rachellea
    February 8, 2016 / 1:26 pm

    I’m awful at decluttering, I get rid of stuff and then buy double the amount 🙂

  652. February 8, 2016 / 1:28 pm

    I’m the opposite to you – I’d need to let my daughter sort out her toys for the charity shop when I’m not around! I’m the the one who gets sentimental about her toys and won’t let her give them away. So, my top tip, if you’re a soppy old fool like me, is to let the kids sort out the toys and clothes they want to get rid of, get them to put them into bags with the top tied and drive them to the charity shop without peeping inside!!

  653. Claire Ward
    February 8, 2016 / 1:34 pm

    If u haven’t used something for 6 months chances are u don’t need it

  654. Emily Hutchinson
    February 8, 2016 / 1:37 pm

    Lots of good storage. We all have things we just cant get rid of, so hide them away well

  655. kayleigh dudley
    February 8, 2016 / 1:42 pm

    i have started to live by the rule if i forgot i had it, or i haven’t used it in 6 months then get rid

  656. jayne hall
    February 8, 2016 / 1:47 pm

    dont have kids lol

    take all your rubbish to the skip

  657. Sarah Palmer
    February 8, 2016 / 1:56 pm

    At Christmas get your kids to put a few toys they don’t play with anymore under the tree so Santa can take them away to clean up for other children x

  658. February 8, 2016 / 2:34 pm

    Get rid of anything that you haven’t touched/used in 6 months or more

  659. Sarah Parker
    February 8, 2016 / 2:48 pm

    when you buy something, throw something else away 🙂

  660. Pia Stephens
    February 8, 2016 / 2:49 pm

    With 3 little ones in the house we’re filled to the brim with clutter and there’s very little I can do about it, so far the best way to do a clear out that I’ve experienced is moving, shame we can’t do that regularly lol

  661. Chris Fletcher
    February 8, 2016 / 2:53 pm

    Be really ruthless and set a deadline for using things – if it hasn’t been used in the last 6 months then its time to go! If you are worried about throwing things away there are always lots of recycling options, ebay and freecycle to make sure everything gets a home!

  662. James McGlynn
    February 8, 2016 / 2:56 pm

    Have a regular clear out and be brutal; unless something has particular sentimental value there’s no point holding on to if it never gets used.

  663. Lyndsey Beckford
    February 8, 2016 / 2:57 pm

    Tackle one cupboard/drqwer at a time. I find that if i empty too much out at once i get half way through and then lose the enthusiasm to finish. One at a time and I get a sense of accomplishment 🙂

  664. jenette ogborn
    February 8, 2016 / 3:12 pm

    I always love Shelving so good for storage

  665. Holly Crabtree
    February 8, 2016 / 3:18 pm

    Do a little tidy up every weekend, that way clutter shouldn’t really build up too easily, so when it comes to doing a big clear out it makes life easier!

  666. Fiona
    February 8, 2016 / 3:43 pm

    as you finish a book, think of all the pleasure people will have reading it if you give it to a charity shop, rather than lying unread and unused on your shelf.

  667. allison sullivan
    February 8, 2016 / 3:58 pm

    i must say i dont like to get rid of things,my hubby says im a hoarder but then his garage is also full of items he wot part with lol.i try to take things from my home in stages,i keep for a year maybe then see if i really really need it then i do the brave thing and charity it

  668. Joanne Lyttle
    February 8, 2016 / 4:00 pm

    I have been going through my paperwork drawer and throwing or burning anything from two years ago. It looks a lot better and definitely easier to find what I need now. I’m going to do the same with my walk in cupboard next. FABULOUS prize x

  669. Leila Benhamida
    February 8, 2016 / 4:14 pm

    De cluttering. Do it weekly during 30 mins. Little and often makes my life easier.

  670. Gill McLeod
    February 8, 2016 / 4:14 pm

    If you have paperwork or photos you want to keep scan them onto your computer.

  671. Chris Hall
    February 8, 2016 / 4:31 pm

    If you can’t recycle your old clothes to get more wear thrown them out.

  672. Kirsty Woods
    February 8, 2016 / 4:31 pm

    Don’t keep what your not going to use

  673. linda curtis
    February 8, 2016 / 4:45 pm

    the main thing is is not to collect and keep to much clutter and stuff that you do not need
    my nan always told me
    have a place for everything and keep everything in its place
    so thats what i do , well ok try to do

  674. kelly morgan
    February 8, 2016 / 4:47 pm

    selling items on ebay that you done need anymore

  675. Leanne Humberstone
    February 8, 2016 / 5:02 pm

    If I haven’t used it in 6 months, it goes in the bin

  676. Alisa Moore
    February 8, 2016 / 5:03 pm

    I believe in good storage, so everything has its place

  677. Mandi Davison
    February 8, 2016 / 5:30 pm

    I bought shelving units to put in our wardrobes so we have additional useful space as well as hanging..keeps everything tidy and hidden away!

  678. lynsey graham
    February 8, 2016 / 5:30 pm

    i like to keep everything that has a sentimental feel to it i know i shouldnt but i find it quite hard to get rid of them.
    but i think if you see it and dont need it get rid of it get rid of everything that youve never used in 6 month.

  679. Debra Winfield
    February 8, 2016 / 5:42 pm

    My top tip for bedroom clutter is a storage bed, then everything is put in drawers out of the way. All the kids toys stashed under the bed, all the the belts and scarves i seem to accumulate…all stashed away under the bed! Always make the bed in the morning, open the curtains and you will always have a lovely tidy room!

  680. nicola james
    February 8, 2016 / 5:55 pm

    stay focused and try not to get easily distracted…………..unlike me!!

  681. louise reeks
    February 8, 2016 / 6:08 pm

    I hate clutter, If not used for a while either donate or throw away.

  682. Maureen Quinnell
    February 8, 2016 / 6:33 pm

    If you can’t remember when you last used it – get rid!

  683. Julie Edwards
    February 8, 2016 / 6:44 pm

    My tip would be to do one room at a time and have lots of storage space!

  684. February 8, 2016 / 6:48 pm

    Little and often – I do some every time a charity shop bag comes through the door.
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  685. Jill fairbank
    February 8, 2016 / 6:52 pm

    Be ruthless if you haven’t used it recently why should you box it away again

  686. amanda greensmith
    February 8, 2016 / 7:03 pm

    deal with everyday recycling daily and do cupboards monthly also sort clothes at the end of every season

  687. gemma foster
    February 8, 2016 / 7:04 pm

    i am useless….i am a hoarder…!!!

  688. Tracy Gladman
    February 8, 2016 / 7:20 pm

    Do it slowly. Room by room, little by little. That way you do not become overwhelmed.

  689. Natelle Cooper
    February 8, 2016 / 7:21 pm

    If you havent wore it for a year you probably wont be generous and ruthless

  690. Paul johnson
    February 8, 2016 / 7:25 pm

    If you havent looked at it for a year , list it on freecycle

  691. Isaac
    February 8, 2016 / 7:26 pm

    Yep clutter is a disaster, but one of the earlier comments (much earlier) said about being less sentimental. That is the way, otherwise you will contract the crippling male disease of keeping LITERALLY EVERYTHING!! So you have to use your head over heart and be rational with it!

    Good luck with it all!

  692. frankie enticknap
    February 8, 2016 / 7:27 pm

    STORAGE! and a hoover round

  693. Michelle Dennett
    February 8, 2016 / 7:45 pm

    When you get your ruthless mood on, go with it! No room for sentiment. Sell on eBay if you’ve got the time or charity shop with a job lot. Your house will feel a lot lighter.

  694. Angela Sandhu
    February 8, 2016 / 8:03 pm

    Clean up as you go along

  695. Tom Webber
    February 8, 2016 / 8:05 pm

    Time for a spring clean I think!

    February 8, 2016 / 8:17 pm

    If I buy something new, I have to throw out something old.

  697. Karen Dixon
    February 8, 2016 / 8:28 pm

    sort a small area at a time, and if not been used or needed recently get rid, either sell or give to charity

  698. lorraine dunne
    February 8, 2016 / 8:29 pm

    Car boot sales

  699. Tanya Bryant
    February 8, 2016 / 8:41 pm

    Brilliant, thankyou for the offer, good luck everyone

  700. February 8, 2016 / 8:41 pm

    We just try and keep on top of the clothes and toys that are coming into the house. doing monthly charity shop runs and donating all the old toys to the local nursery. We are fortunate enough to have a 4 and 6 year old who both wear 4-5 year clothing

  701. Lisa Mauchline
    February 8, 2016 / 8:42 pm

    When you buy something donate something to charity

  702. Jacqueline Roberts
    February 8, 2016 / 8:54 pm

    I find you have to be ruthless and ebay and car boot it if you don’t use it. Allocate the funds for a new project to inspire you.

  703. George Worboys Wright
    February 8, 2016 / 8:59 pm

    Start with the smallest room in the house so you feel like you’ve achieved something before you get fed up! If you’re planning to sell something make a rule that it has to be dealt with that day (put online etc) or it goes to the charity shop!

  704. caroline bellamy
    February 8, 2016 / 9:00 pm

    If its not useful or sentimental then think do you really need to keep it

  705. Nicola Lang
    February 8, 2016 / 9:03 pm

    Ask yourself the last time you used it and try not to be too sentimental.

  706. Emma
    February 8, 2016 / 9:08 pm

    Do a bit at a time

  707. caroline kelly
    February 8, 2016 / 9:09 pm

    Be ruthless, use facebook selling sites

  708. Keri Jones
    February 8, 2016 / 9:09 pm

    Have a mini sort out once a week and a big one every month. Sell on Ebay, car boot, give to charity shop or a friend, or simply chuck it in the bin! See if you can re-arrange furniture to give more space in a room x

  709. Nancy Bradford
    February 8, 2016 / 9:09 pm

    I know it is often said, but you just have to be ruthless and get rid of anything that you haven’t used in six months – it isn’t adding to your life.

  710. February 8, 2016 / 9:12 pm

    sell the stuff that will make you a bit of money and give the rest to charity

  711. Monika S
    February 8, 2016 / 9:17 pm

    I get family involved . Children need to get rid of toys they didnt use for a year .
    And we do upstairs first and then move down towards the door.

  712. Catriona Hutchinson
    February 8, 2016 / 9:17 pm

    You make such a good point about ensuring everything has a place. I’m forever creating piles I don’t really know what to do with, it is just because they don’t have a place of their own. I worry if I give them a place, they’ll never leave!

    Someone else said it on here but my tip also would be to start with the harder places; under the bed, high cupboards as they’re usually easy to clear out.

    My eyes watered when a lady said here that she bins clothes she hasn’t worn in a year. Tomorrow I shall go out in twenty layers! 😉

  713. Julie Camm
    February 8, 2016 / 9:20 pm

    Tackle one foot squared at a time…. then move on …..

  714. Shirley Evans
    February 8, 2016 / 9:21 pm

    If you look in your wardrobe and you havent worn it in the last 12 monthes it must go to the charity shop

  715. Pauline Burroughs
    February 8, 2016 / 9:22 pm

    Do a car boot sale. When the money starts coming in it can become addictive. You’re them searching the house for things to sell. Doesn’t seem so hard to get rid of unwanted things this way and it gives you some cash to buy things that you do want.

  716. Farhana
    February 8, 2016 / 9:31 pm

    If you haven’t used it in 6 months then its time to throw away!

  717. February 8, 2016 / 9:48 pm

    Have a garage sale or car boot sale with all your unwanted items to make space for the things you do want to keep x And a few extra £££’s in your purse

  718. Olivia Thomson
    February 8, 2016 / 10:00 pm

    Swap shops are a really good idea. Last time I went to one I took 20 items and came away with 2 pieces. Failing that, I either give to charity or cash for clothes. It always helps to keep a storage box of things you haven’t worn in a while and if it doesn’t fit or dated – get rid!

  719. Oksana Fitzgerald
    February 8, 2016 / 10:04 pm

    I just throw or sell everything I do not use for more than 2 years

  720. Em S
    February 8, 2016 / 10:15 pm

    Be ruthless, if you don’t use it, get rid!

  721. Charmian Filewood
    February 8, 2016 / 10:20 pm

    Turn your coathangers inwards in your wardrobe and as you wear each thing turn it the other way. By the end of the year you’ll see what you really need and whats surplus. Plus if that hurts you too much to throw out or donate, bag the clothes up that seem to be surplus and pop it in the loft, if another year goes by without needing them then you can definitely eject from your house.

  722. Laura Vitty
    February 8, 2016 / 10:24 pm

    If you haven’t used it in the past year, gift it to someone else, freecycle it or donate to charity.

  723. Roseanna Scott
    February 8, 2016 / 10:25 pm

    i cleared out my wardrobe and put all my hangers facing inwards. when i wore something and hung it back up i put the hanger in facing outwards. then a few months later all the clothes on the hangers facing inwards go to charity. if i dont wear something in 6 months, chances are im not going to ever wear it

  724. Suzanne Brown
    February 8, 2016 / 10:25 pm

    Every so often I have a good clear out and donate a few bags of item to the local charity shop.

  725. vicky collins
    February 8, 2016 / 10:28 pm

    if you haven’t used it in the last 2yrs.. dont put it in the shed or the attic throw it in the bin or give it to a charity shop 🙂

  726. Vicky Robinson
    February 8, 2016 / 10:35 pm

    Be thoroughly ruthless with clearing stuff out. If you haven’t used it in months/years, then the chances are that you won’t ever need it again. Have a pile for keeping, a pile for recycling/selling/charity shop and pile for the rubbish. If it all seems too overwhelming, then start with what you can manage – either room by room or even cupboard or a few drawers at a time. If you do little and often, then you will work your way through it fairly effortlessly and keep on top of it.

  727. chirag P
    February 8, 2016 / 10:37 pm

    don’t be too sentimental just rid

  728. Birdie
    February 8, 2016 / 10:48 pm

    I am a self confessed hoarder, when I struggle (often) to fit things in place tidy I go through and bag for charity anything I haven’t used for at least a year.

  729. February 8, 2016 / 10:57 pm

    Its to keep on top of things. Don’t let too much accumulate. Keep a regular check on what you need. If you havent used it, you dont need it.

  730. Debbie Johnson
    February 8, 2016 / 11:06 pm