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Stacey Solomon’s best tips for decluttering and organising

Looking to declutter after the happy chaos that Christmas brings?

Many of us are eager for a fresh start in 2022 but finding our homes are lacking in space due to the fact we’re overrun with things we no longer need or use.

Stacey Solomon’s hit BBC1 reality show Sort Your Life Out revealed just how much stuff an average family squeezes into their precious living space.

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She and her team of experts helps families to get rid of unloved and unnecessary items and organise their storage so that it works for both parents and children.

You can catch up on Sort Your Life Out on the BBC iPlayer but in the meantime, we take a look at some of the Loose Women presenter and her team’s top decluttering and organising tips to help you to create a happier and more harmonious home for you and your loved ones in 2022.

1. Empty a room at a time

In the TV series, Stacey and her team completely empty a family’s home into a warehouse so that they can see everything they own and sort it into categories.

How much would we love to do this? Sadly, hiring a warehouse and finding the time to clear your home is not possible for most but it does make sense to work your way through your home, clearing areas and grouping items into categories so you can get a real sense of just how much stuff you’ve accumulated.

It also enables you to see how many times you’ve bought duplicates simply because you couldn’t find the item you were looking for.

This is not an easy task, but remember there will be a lot less to organise going forward which should streamline cleaning and tidying in the future!

Listen to Birmingham mum Claire Wainwright’s tips on how she transformed her dated Moseley semi into a Scandi-inspired dream home on the Brummie Mummies podcast here

2. Separate your items into three piles

During each episode, families are encouraged to divide their unwanted belongings into three piles: to recycle, to donate and to sell. And they are encouraged to be ruthless!

Take your recycling straight to the tip, your donations to the charity shop and start listing your items to sell on eBay, Vinted, Facebook Marketplace or one of the other online shopping sites.

Don’t be tempted to leave the stuff hanging around as it will worm its way back into your cupboards again, especially if you have children around.

3. Use transparent storage boxes and jars – and label everything

Stacey says she uses glass jars for everything from pasta and spices to rice and veggies.

In the show, Stacey arranges labelled boxes for children’s clothes in shared bedrooms, and separates toiletries into labelled boxes too.

The same goes for toys, games and tools. And her tip is to label everything so that the items never get mixed up. This helps to save time and reduce confusion, especially as you can then encourage children to put away their own clothes and toys too.

You can use sticky labels, get a label maker or even print pictures to stick on toy boxes to help children see where their things need to go.

4. Be brutal with your wardrobe

A good rule of thumb, it was suggested, is to ask yourself if you have worn an item in the past year. If the answer’s no, then it’s probably best to donate, recycle or sell it.

Don’t think of it as a waste as someone else could enjoy wearing it – and you might even earn yourself some cash too.

And, rotating your summer and winter clothing is a good idea. Pack away out-of-season items into clear storage containers so that you don’t have to go through the frustration of trawling through your heavy jumpers, scarves and gloves to find your summer dresses and shorts. It reminds you to wear all the clothes you own too rather than living in the same items all year round.

If you’re short on space, try vacuum storage solutions, which compress clothing or bedding to maximise space.

5. Make the most of your wall space

The show is all about making the most of the space you have so a lot of emphasis is placed on how items are stored for best accessibility.

Putting up hooks enables you to hang clothing, fold-up tables, shelving, planters and more.

Remember to use the space above your doors too – those few inches are often overlooked but actually make the perfect size for a shelf that can hold books or storage baskets.

6. The secret shoe drawer at the bottom of the stairs

There’s lots of quirky suggestions in the show that you may never have considered before, such as creating a secret shoe drawer within the bottom stop of the stairs.

Or taking off the bath panel and transforming it into a series of slimline storage frame shelves for toiletries.

Stacey even installed plinth drawers underneath her new kitchen cabinets, which she said were perfect for extra snacks that couldn’t fit in the cupboards.

7. Divide your drawers and cupboards

Decluttering expert Dilly Carter, who helps Stacey on the show, suggests folding clothes into a square shape (Marie Kondo style!) and placing them into dividing boxes to create more space in drawers and cupboards.

This way you can fit six T-shirts into a tiny space and you can see everything you own in a glance.

She also recommends labelling the boxes, of course. And, the same technique can be used for accessories and underwear too.

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