Tips to de-clutter your life

Friday August 3, 2007
Cluttered bedroom(AAP Images)

As spring is finally around the corner, professional organiser and owner of "Heavenly Order" Sarah Cottman offers TODAY viewers some tips to de-clutter and get a jump on spring cleaning.

"It is a good indication that you need to start spring cleaning if you can't find what you want quickly and easily," says Ms Cottman. "You may need to rethink how you are organising, or not organising your space, time and life."

"It is a great feeling to be able to get your hands on or know how to retrieve whatever you want in less than 10 seconds," she says.

Have a plan

"Having a plan helps you to decide what you want to use the space for and how to best use that space," suggests Ms Cottman.

Set a deadline

"Tell a supportive friend so that you can be accountable," says Ms Cottman. "If you are so embarrassed about your clutter you can't tell a friend then another option is to hire a professional organiser."

Make a list what stays and what goes

"It is time to get rid of the things you don’t use and are just creating clutter," she says. " For example, when sorting through your wardrobe think about which clothes are in good repair, clothes that fit, clothes you feel good in. Then get rid of the clothes that are worn, clothes you have never felt comfortable in."

Hands-on sorting

"Take a 'before' photo so you know how far you've come at the end of your sorting," suggest Ms Cotton. "Set a time limit, put on your favourite music and get stuck in."

"The key is not to get distracted in the sorting process," she says.

Complete the task and maintain

"Don't stop halfway, complete the task and take an 'after' photo" she says. "Make sure once you have completed the task that you spend a few minutes at the end of each day to put the space back to how you want it."

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