How To Declutter Your Home and Save Money
Do you know that most Singaporeans are secretly hoarders to begin with? Most Singaporeans would make impulse purchases as and when they can, buying stuff just because it is appealing and eye catching, or it might look nice at certain parts of the home. But when it reaches home, stuff will be kept lying at a dark isolated corner or in the storage room without use of it.
By decluttering your home every now and then, you are freeing up space to welcome newer things, and in a way, “save” money concurrently. There is no hard and fast rule when it comes to decluttering, but decluttering often happens a couple of weeks prior to any festive occasion, or if there is an upcoming family gathering happening over at your place some time soon. The underlying rule that one should adopt if you want to “save” some money at the same time is to either, repurpose your items, sell them off either online, or pass/share it with family members.
Here are some guidelines that you can follow as a rule of thumb if you have these end goals in mind; to declutter your home & save money in Singapore.
1. Declutter & Organise
Cluttering induces stress and it pains to be looking for a particular item/object especially when you are rushing for time. Decluttering can start from anywhere in your house. The initial part may be difficult as you might find it being a hassle and troublesome just by looking at the endless pile of mess. Fret not, this can be solved with a little bit of patience and working smart around it.
Start by grouping up your items together in categories. For instance, kitchenware includes your utensils, plates, bowls, cups etc. Stationery includes pencil, paper, pen, markers, highlighters. Mobile accessories with your multiple charging cables and portable chargers should all be sorted together as well. Once you have successfully grouped all items into their individual categories, pick out those items that you have no use for or have no intention to utilize them in the near future.
2. Declutter your electronics
Electronics is another major pain for most homes. As the electronic industry is getting ever so competitive as it is, there will always be a bigger and higher resolution TV, a better cooling fan, new and improved digital devices and gadgets will always be launching every now and then. As tough as it may seem, there are tech hoarders where they will go on a buying spree of the latest tech such as the latest handheld vacuum cleaner or latest audio speakers and replace their current ones even when they are in working condition. The newer items will replace the older ones even though they are still in working condition. Here’s the catch, identify those unwanted electronics that are not in use, post it on facebook’s marketplace, carousell, or sell it to places such as cash converters where you are able to still get some money in return. But do note that your electronics has to be in working condition before bringing it over to them, else it would be a wasted trip.
3. Declutter your wardrobe
Your wardrobe can be decluttered and it should be done on a regular basis if you tend to buy whatever outfit that is trending. Singaporeans tend to pile their clothes and fit them into their wardrobe until it is full. If they have more clothes, they will move on to “create a dumping space” nearby their wardrobe and look for their clothing whenever the occasion arises. There are a couple of ways to go about when it comes to decluttering your wardrobe.
A. Segregate your clothing by tops, bottoms, outerwear and undergarments
B. Isolate those clothing that you DO NOT wear at all, or do not foresee yourself wearing
C. 3 alternatives: 1) Sell them online via carousell or facebook marketplace, 2) pass on to family members or friends, 3) do a good deed by donating them to salvation army or any other donation drive, 4) rent a booth space to sell off at flea markets.
4. Make changes when it comes to your buying behavior
It does not mean that the pursuit of your decluttering journey stops here and you can buy more newer stuff to occupy the empty cleared space. After the decluttering process has ended, bear in mind that you do not need to buy anything that is new or through peer pressure even though everyone has it. Instead, take control of your buying decisions and instill certain criterias or qualifying conditions before making your purchase. This will allow you to build up a good habit and have a better control over your finances on a broader spectrum. Make sure
E.g. Is it something that i already have? Will i be using it regularly? Do i have an older, still workable model where i can still use till the product life cycle ends? Is this product more of a want than a need? Do i really need it when i already have other items to substitute the functionality of it?
Start your decluttering journey and make it a habit where you can practice with your family every few months depending on the severeness of your clutter.
Decluttering can act as a therapeutic activity for some, as it allows you to discover certain stuff that was either misplaced or went missing when you are looking for it at some point in time. After decluttering your home, you should practice this good habit of organising items all around your place, store and categorize, or even label all your items in boxes so that it allows you to find and locate your stuff without getting frustrated easily, moving forward. You will ultimately feel good after a whole day of decluttering, looking at the mess you have cleared, your items now organized around your home, and recuperating some money from all your impulse purchases by selling them on second hand portals that are available online. Apps such as carousell would come in handy at such times.
It is said that having more breathing space around your home, and coming back to a place which is clutter free after a long day of work will reduce stress and increase the level of your happiness.