Like many of us, designer and blogger Geneva Vanderzeil from A Pair & A Spare has been on a tidying kick lately. Chances are you’ve got the bug too, so see Geneva’s tips to declutter and refine your space – and keep it that way!

1. Get messy

The first step might sound counterintuitive, but it’s really the best way to assess everything you have. To declutter the house, you have to go through wardrobes, cupboards, shelves and boxes to remove anything that you no longer need, haven’t used recently, and won’t use. You might have heard this question thrown around: “Does this spark joy?” This is great in theory, and if it works for you then you should definitely use it. But after trying this technique, I found myself feeling like I should throw out all my simple T-shirts (no joy there), when in fact they’re the things I wear the most! Instead, I simply focus on when I used it last, whether I like it and whether I think I’ll use it again (maybe that’s joy?).

Once you’ve done the cull, the next big step in decluttering is to actually rid your space of the things you don’t need. Pack everything up and either gift, donate or recycle what you won’t use.

2. Sort + store

Once you’ve cleared your space of all the things you don’t need, it’s all about setting up the right storage, and organizing what’s left.

3. Create a welcoming entrance

Using a console and mirror means no more wandering around looking for keys or dashing back for a last-minute bathroom mirror-check. When everything has a place, it’s a total game changer.

4. Make a case for baskets

Baskets hide a multitude of ugly things that need storage. Tuck them in the corners of rooms, underneath tables and on shelves for easy clean-up.

5. Shelves are always a good idea

Don’t feel shy about putting up another set of shelves if you don’t have enough. A simple, slim set holds a surprising amount of items.

6. Choose furniture with extra storage

Chances are there are missed storage opportunities around your home. I’m all about incidental storage, such as an ottoman that doubles as a coffee table and a hideaway basket.

7. Go label crazy

I am a huge convert of labelled jars in the kitchen, bathroom and craft corner. They may be a little bit more work to set up, but they make everything you need incredibly accessible.

8. Stop the clutter cycle

I’m slowly learning about the concept of everything having its place… It’s a tough one for me! And to be honest, this is where we all need to be a bit more conscious about what we are adding. Decluttering and sustainable consumption should support each other.

About Geneva Vanderzeil

Geneva is a lifestyle blogger, content creator + founder of DIY and how-to website A Pair & A Spare. Follow her on Instagram .

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