If my home is getting a little cluttered and busy, I can guarantee that it will start to have an effect on my mind and wellbeing.
We all know the feeling. Stressed about rummaging through drawers to find something. Fed up of moving everything aside to put something back. Struggling to find room to sit down and work when your desk has become the new temporary storage shelf.
There’s a simple fix, and I assure you it won’t take long at all.
Grab yourself three big bags, boxes or containers, and look around the house (or take it one room, one day at a time if you’ve got a lot to sort) and choose if you should trash, recycle or donate the below items.
30 Things You Can Instantly Declutter
Old Magazines / Newspapers
Letters you don’t need to file
Old electrical wires and cables
Takeaway Menus (all online now)
Socks with holes in
Clothes that don’t fit
Clothes with stains
Tights with holes
Old towels or bedding
Expired makeup / old samples
Expired condiments / spices
Excess coffee mugs
Books you’ve read
DVD’s you don’t need anymore
Old cards, decorations
Unused kids / pets toys
Old recipe books
Old calendars, diaries and notebooks
Clutter in work or handbags
When you have worked through it all, you should find your drawers are clearer, you living space is less ‘busy’ and you feel a lot more zen. A happy home leads to a happy mind.
When I first started to live minimally, I found I had to repeat this exercise almost bi-monthly. Now however, I am a lot more conscious around what I consume in the first place, which helps with living with less on a permanent basis.
Repeat as often as you need to, and think first before buying something you know you recently rehomed before you need to repeat it all over again in a few months time.
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Invest in quality, over quantity.
Buy well, not often.
Choose need, not want.