Hi everyone, Sorry I have missed another couple of days of blogging. Life just takes over sometimes. As this blog is all about leading a more simple, less stress free life, I have decided that I might not blog everyday to take the pressure off myself, and also have more time to read and research which will then benefit my readers more anyway.
Last night I created my first infographic for this blog and it is to inspire just the first small steps to decluttering – it is just a fun prompter to focus on certain areas of your house.
Let’s explore it further – step by step:
Living Area: TV Cabinets and/or other storage / Bookshelves / Coffee Tables and Side Tables
I don’t know about you but this area of our house is a bit of a dumping ground. In our TV cabinet we have 4 drawers. The first one is full of receipts – I actually end up having to use this drawer quite often when returning goods or utilising warranties etc. However I think there are much better places for these to be stored so I am going to remove them from the entertainment cabinet. Empty all drawers and shelves of any old, paperwork, DVDs, games etc that you honestly doubt you will use again.
I LOVE reading so I have large bookshelves in our living area, they started off as nicely sized and in their catergories – fiction, non-fiction, cooking, autobiographical, educational etc but overtime these shelves have become a bit of a go to to just stack/store anything I’m not sure where else to put so this weekend I’m going to remove everything and start again. While doing this process I really want to try to donate some books to charity – not the ones I love that I will re-read but the ones I read and I was not even impressed with at the time. This will make created some empty space to make the shelves looks less cluttered.
Wow this is turning into a confession post…not only do I LOVE books but I also LOVE magazines. Magazines along with skinny mochas are my indulgence purchases. They just feel like a treat. I have a side table next to the sofa which currently contains two large piles of magazines. Today I am going to sort through them. I will flick through them and photograph any useful articles that I want to keep then give them away either to work or friends.
Bathrooms: Make-up, drawers, unused products
If you are the type of person that only buys your makeup products as you run out, well done. In my experience though most of us are not like that at all – we purchase makeup when we see the next trend, or just to make us feel extra special for a night out, or just when we want to cheer ourselves up, or when we see a very effective advertisement.
Which means I think we all will have multiple palettes of eyeshadows, dozens of shades of lipsticks, all sorts of primers and foundations etc. The thing is many of these products do have a used by date so I bet once we do this we will be throwing away quite a lot of products – which will make you feel liberated and your bathroom a lot neater!! This infographic from Elle website will give you more of an accurate picture of what you should be throwing out. Once you have thrown away everything that is past its best then buy a lovely storage box that will fit in all remaining products do you do not have them scattered all over the bathroom and in different drawers etc. When you do this you forget about them and all those gorgeous products do not get used.
You probably have things in your bathroom drawers that you have long forgotten about – please empty them all and throw away anything you have not used in the last 6 months unless you are 100% positive you will in the future. While doing this you might notice you have unopened gifts, or samples or just products you bought then forgot about why don’t you still all of these into a box and take them to your local women’s refuge. I have done this previously and it makes me feel happy that even though these women are going through terrible, stressful times that at least they have an option of using a nice product to make them feel a bit more normal that day.
Bedrooms: Closets, Bedside tables/drawers, Lined/Towels
I have another confession until quite recently I have a black suit jacket that I had worn at my graduation and I was still wearing it well over 10 years later!! Now I know a good, quality item of clothing should last but even my husband was like come on it really is too old now. So I threw and I went a bought a nice new black blazer and feel better for it. Sometimes we hang on to these items for nostalgia purposes and if you are still wearing it, then it isnt so bad BUT if you are one of those people that have loads of items in your closet that you have not worn for over 12 months but just keep thinking you will eventually fit into then it might be best to have a clear out. I think there are exceptions to this rule like certain coats, dresses, suits – classic items that will not go out of fashion and you might only wear occasionally then keep them but not if they are like 3 sizes too small unless you think you are realistically going to get back down to that size. However if you are holding onto old jeans and tshirts just because you might one day fit back into them throw them out. The same goes for any other items you just do not really like that much anymore. Dump all of your clothes in the middle of your bed and really go through each item and see do you really love it, if you don’t donate it to charity.
Bedside tables/drawers should be kept near, tidy and relaxing. They should not be piled high with books, magazines, kindle, paperwork, multiple notebooks etc. I think the perfect bedside table would contain a pen and notepad for just writing those last reminders before bed or during the night as this will help you go back to sleep, one book you are reading, a lovely lamp and candle and that is it really. Your bedroom should not few electronics and the clutter does not lend itself to a calm, relaxing environment. Let’s make a pact to turn these rooms into haven’s not an extension of our home office 😉
I think lots of us have probably far too many towels and bed linen than we need and a lot of it are probably far too worn, old and tired. Only buy what you need from now but buy good quality that will last and also make you appreciate the quality when you get out of the shower or climb into bed. Much better having a couple of great duvet covers rather than 5 below average cheap duvet covers – I’m talking from experience!
Kitchen: Pantry, Fridge, Equipment
Ok open that pantry door and empty everything and I mean everything out of it. You need to have a couple of good strong bin bags ready as you need to go through and check all best before dates – anything out of date throw away. When storing everything back make sure you put the oldest products to the front so you will use them first. Do not keep buying more and more food goods if you already have enough. Use what you have and get creative with your recipes. If you realistically are not going to use something give away these items to neighbours or friends so they can use them before they go out of date.
Do the same with the fridge – empty everything, really check all dates and then restock with things you need soon at the front.
Do you need two blenders or are you ever going to use that slow cooker that your husband hates? If not then give it away or sell them.
I really hope you liked this article. I will share my decluttering tasks as I go through them. Feel free to comment on your decluttering experience.