Living Room Renovation

Top tips for de-cluttering your home


Hibernation and hoarding just seem to go together. Now that spring’s here, it’s time to let in some fresh air and clear out all the junk before you clean up. While you’re at it, why not get rid of all the other stuff that’s been taking up space? Think about the toys the kids have outgrown; gym gear you never use; old magazines and newspapers you’ll never look at again; that slicer-dicer-splicer-mincer gadget hogging valuable cupboard space. It’s time to clear them out of your life and give them a new one.

The trick to effective de-cluttering is to start small (unless your partner is just as willing to shed stuff – then go all-out). If you are ready to do the big heave-ho, most local councils offer a free pick-up service. Book a pick-up a few weeks in advance – giving yourself a deadline is a great motivator and perfect if a certain someone needs extra coaxing to let stuff go. Or have a garage sale – the kids can earn pocket money from toys they don’t play with and you can recoup something for your time.

Look around and assess what has to be done. Start with the most important rooms. Clean out the living room, dining room and kitchen of old, unused or redundant equipment. Okay, vinyl records may be enjoying a comeback so you can keep the record player. But the VHS machine? Really? Get the kids to pitch in and box up unloved toys and too-small clothes to give to a children’s charity – it’s a great way to teach them about other kids’ lives. Clean out your wardrobe of clothes you haven’t worn in years, then tackle the bathroom and laundry. Your last feat is to face the ultimate hoarding temple – the garage. It’ll hurt, but you’ll feel better for it.

Once your home has been cleared out, for the finishing touch, give surfaces a refresh with Selleys Sugar Soap Wipes. Selleys Original Sugar Soap is available as a quick and easy-to-use wipe that’s perfect for rejuvenating walls and surfaces around the home.

Use Selleys Sugar Soap Wipes on:

  • Walls (especially painted walls)
  • Kitchen surfaces and appliances
  • Bathroom & laundry tiles, shower screens, basins, bathtubs & appliances
  • Do not use on prints, signs, dial marks and clear plastics
  • Wipe off immediately from brass and painted surfaces
  • Excessive hard rubbing of low sheen or flat paints can result in glossy patches