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:
- Consider arranging your life so that you can live a minimalist lifestyle. How can you free up possessions, obligations and half finished projects?
- 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!
- Look on YouTube for ideas on how to build a capsule wardrobe that suits your needs.
- 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.
- 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: