Decluttering is a very simple concept; one that allows you to remove anything in your life that is causing discomfort or stopping you from enjoying yourself.
This may sound dramatic, but think about it; when your house is a mess, you can’t concentrate. After having a spring clean, who doesn’t feel better? And why do you feel better? You’ve cleared your home and have made more space for spending time with family and doing things you love.
When decluttering, it’s not just about getting rid of items to increase space. Life Your Way gave a definition that we believe is very accurate; Decluttering is simply getting rid of those things which have a higher cost than their benefit. This links with Marie Kondo (who you must have heard of by now).
She advocates that you shouldn’t have something in your home if it doesn’t bring you joy. This is a great way of thinking about your possessions. How many times have you sorted through your cupboards and clothes, and thought, ‘No, I’ll keep that, I may need it in the future’? We definitely have, many times!
By removing what you don’t love, you are left with only things that you do love and use often. Maire Kondo starts her declutter with clothes. One of our team was in need of a declutter of her clothes, and it was therapeutic to say the least!
One draw was already organised, which meant we already had an idea of how we wanted it to be organised.
The dreaded beauty draw! Arguably one of the hardest bits to organise. But we did it, not much was decluttered, but at least it’s more organised now.
Two drawers of jumpers, they took a while! Whilst there are still occupying two drawers, there had been a declutter. They are now also organised into categories, which means they are more spread out, so they can all be seen easily.
These IKEA dividers really were a help with the trousers – each box contains a different type of trouser; joggers, shorts, leggings, skirts etc. By having the boxes, it meant that they could not spill over into each other, so if it wouldn’t fit in the box, it had to go. We found that was quite a good method to make you think about what you really like and want to keep and what you don’t.
Tops was hard, as we have a lot of summer clothes due to our travels, but after a good long think, we cut it down. And you can’t argue, doesn’t that look better?
It’s always good to have work appropriate clothes. By separating them out from the rest of the drawers, they are now easily identifiable and reduces the panic when looking for an outfit.
So much was decluttered, that there was a empty draw at the end. Now that’s success!
When looking at the difference between the two images, it shows you just how the atmosphere can change once the room is clear. Yes it can take hours, and it’s not an easy job to do, but the results make it worth while.
If you carry out a declutter, or have already done one, let us know how it went!