Simplicity is the key.

This list is all about simplifying your life, so my aim is to keep this blog post simple. I will expand on the categories a little more in the coming weeks but for now:

  1. Consider arranging your life so that you can live a minimalist lifestyle. How can you free up possessions, obligations and half finished projects?
  2. If it feels overwhelming, start by taking small steps. Set aside 15 minutes each day to clear out a drawer, sort through a pile of post or try on an item of clothing that you have not worn for a while. If you feel the urge to carry on decluttering after the 15 minutes is up, then that is great!
  3. Look on YouTube for ideas on how to build a capsule wardrobe that suits your needs.
  4. Start clearing your house of paperwork – scan in documents which you need to keep and categorize it in folders online (I use a combination of Dropbox and Google Drive). I always keep the paper documents that I need for my taxes, but I also keep digital copies of the papers I need.
  5. Are you really going to finish that pair of curtains or mend that table that have been stuffed in a corner out of sight? If the answer is yes, do it now. If not, get rid of the project and free up time for something you really want to do. I think one of the reasons that I love going away on holiday is that I am not surrounded by loads of possessions which all need attention either dusting or mending or putting away.

One of the shocking things that  I found when I was getting ready to move to the US, was that 6 months before I intended to move,  I made conscious effort to use up all the toiletries, food and wear only the clothes that I had already bought. In fact, I moved a full year after I originally intended to and  I was still using things up that I had bought over 18 months ago. That experience taught me only to buy what I needed at that moment and not to buy things just in case!

Anyway in my opinion, one of the best books on Decluttering is this one:

https://coachingtoconfidence.com/LifeChangingMagic

 

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