There's nothing quite like clearing the decorations away after Christmas, all is clear, the house feels much larger and peaceful.

Soon however, we struggle to find homes for all the Christmas presents, new children's toys and so on. Then comes the deluge of post and things to do which have been shoved in the cupboard out of site for the Christmas period.

Clothes no longer fit, and with our best of intentions, we plan to rationalise our wardrobe and many other areas of the house.  After so much enthusiasm, usually for around two weeks as a maximum, thing start to slip, clutter returns, piles of junk form again on the kitchen worktop and we are back to square one.

If you do not have the time to read Marie Kondo's excellent book 'the life changing magic of tidying' here are 15 great ways to de-clutter your home and simplify your life, the magic behind each tip is in the attached article...

1. Place junk mail immediately into a recycling bin.

2. Store kitchen appliances out of sight.

3. Remove 10 articles of clothing from your closet today.

4. Fold clean clothes / Remove dirty clothes immediately.

5. Childrens’ bedroom toys live in the closet

6. Children pick up their toys each evening.

7. Fill your containers for the garbage man.

8. Halve decorations.

9. Wash dishes right away.

10. Unmix and match cups, bowls, plates, and silverware. 

11. Keep your desk clear and clean.

12. Store your media out of sight.

13. Always leave room in your coat closet.

14. Keep flat surfaces clear.

15. Finish a magazine or newspaper. Process or recycle immediately.