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7 warning signs that its time for a serious declutter

Clutter is a silent menace, building up over the years and only revealing itself when we're buried under a mountain of DVDs.

Fortunately, there are a number of warning signs that its time to declutter before things get out of hand.

7 – You've considered chucking everything into a black bag and throwing it out

AKA The Nuclear Option. Cleaning up is hard work. Wouldn't it be easier to grab a couple of black bags and chuck your clutter outside for the binmen?

Well, yeah, it probably would. But you'd be chucking away a lot of money.

The good news is that decluttering isn't the monumental task you're dreading. Just check out some of our top decluttering tips and it'll be a doddle.

6 – You've considered moving because you haven't got enough space

A new addition to your family is a good reason to move house. Having too much stuff isn't.

Before you take a mortgage out on a slighter bigger house, consider decluttering. You could even put the money you save (and the cash you make selling your stuff) towards a "˜new home' fund!

5 – You own lots of different storage units and containers

There's nothing wrong with owning the odd DVD shelf or storage container. If you're buying new storage every other month, however, you need to start decluttering. It'll save you a lot of money in the long run.

4 – You trip over, or step on, something in your house every other day

If you live in a child-free home, tripping over your stuff is a pretty ominous sign that you need to clean up. Clutter isn't worth injuring yourself over!

3 – You have a "˜stuff' cupboard…or room!

A drawer full of random stuff you've acquired over the years is fine. A cupboard or a room full of odds and ends is a symptom of a serious hoarding problem. Roll up your sleeves and get stuck in: you'll be amazed by how much space (and cash) you earn!

2 – You can't remember where or when you bought certain items

It could be DVDs you've borrowed from a friend, CDs you bought years ago or electronics you received as a gift; if you can't remember where it came from, it isn't important enough to keep.

1 – You keep stuff because you "˜might need it'

The worst thing about hanging onto phones or DVDs out of anticipation is that their value drops every day you aren't using them. A phone worth £40 now might be worth £20 next year, so it pays to get rid of the stuff you don't need as soon as possible!

So, do you need to declutter? There's no time like the present, so click below to get started!

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