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2015 is your year. I know it’s mine! Take risks, live life on the wild side. Remember – NO GUTS, NO GLORY.
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Beyond my Where Can I Find Cheap Phentermine and Phentermine 37.5 Mg Buy there is a whole house full of stuff taking up my mental and physical space. I love a good clear out, and the New Year has really inspired me to clear the crap – I want to start 2015 with a more minimalist approach: lighter, more focussed and with less superfluous stuff.
However, for some reason it can be so hard to part with our possessions, even if we haven’t used them for years. I moved into my flat over two years ago so I have a very clear date marker, and there is stuff I know haven’t used since I moved in, clothes I haven’t worn etc. And yet I still find it so difficult to part with them. I think one of the best things to remember, is that this is a step-by-step process. When you start, you just want everything to be sorted, but don’t get down on yourself if you find it hard to let go of things: you can keep coming back and simplifying little by little (by the way, you don’t HAVE to get rid of anything! It’s all about the way things make you feel). One of the great things about starting, for me at least, is that I’m much more aware of the things I buy and bring into the house. As well as working on decluttering, it’s also good to become more away of impulse purchases which can undo all your hard work.
So here are a few of my thoughts, goals and processes when it comes to decluttering:
.don’t keep anything you don’t truly love, need or use often
.find a place for everything and keep it there
.keep floors and surfaces clear – it looks so much nicer and makes cleaning easier
.avoid too many things in too small a space
.fix anything broken and complete any unfinished home projects
.keep only your favourite sentimental items, that make you feel good, lose anything that makes you feel sad/bad
.make it easy to move around your home and complete everyday tasks (like cooking) – clear behind doors so they open fully, remove obstructions from paths, and make regularly used items easily accessible
.have a junk drawer, keep it small and sort through it regularly
.don’t just put junk in the bedroom – this should be your sanctuary
.don’t forget to clear out your handbag and purse or wallet regularly
.regularly clear out food cupboards, fridge and freezer
.put a date on your maybe box, anything you haven’t used in 6 months time, you probably don’t need… it should be easier to get rid of the next time around
.when unsure, ask yourself ‘would I buy this now?’
.be realistic about the things you keep on a “just in case” basis – if you’re not careful you won’t be able to let anything go
.ditch the duplicates
.sometimes we keep things because we want to get our money’s worth, even if we got it for free – I’m guilty of this, and just trying to let go (also selling those items, if you can, helps. Or giving them away to someone who will use them)
.remember more isn’t necessarily better
.move on from unwanted gifts, it’s the thought that counts, keeping something you don’t like only creates bad energy
.read blogs and articles on decluttering, I find it really motivates me to clear the clutter
.start with one small area of clutter, put everything together in one pile
.pick one object at a time – do you use or love it? Do you really need it?
.then choose a category: (1) trash, (2) repair, (3) recycle (gift, donate, sell), (4) keep, and (5) maybe
.find a place for any item you want to keep – that is its place from now on
.remember you don’t have to do it all in one go, once you’ve simplified one area, you can come back and take away more later
.get rubbish out of the house straight away
.put everything that you want to give away or recycle by the door or in the car
.donate unwanted books to your local library
.sell new/nearly new or good condition items on ebay, ask other people if they might want them, or use a scheme like Freecycle to find them a better home
.bask in the achievement of clearing an area
I hope you find these tips helpful if you are trying to declutter. Let me know if you have any tips of your own!
“Minimalism is not defined by what is not there but by the rightness of what is…” John Pawson
I’ve decided to call this an exercise because that allows me to define what minimalism means in my life. I don’t know whether I consider myself a minimalist yet, but there are elements of a minimalist philosophy that resonate with me. I appreciate simplicity: a capsule wardrobe, an uncluttered inbox, a clear mind.
I was initially motivated by a desire to avoid falling into the trap, particularly as a blogger (and human being), of rushing out to buy the latest trends in makeup and fashion. The first areas I tackled were my wardrobe and beauty cabinet. My aim was to be able to do more with less. Once I understood what I actually needed (or really wanted) and eliminated the dead weight, I was able to start again with an (almost) blank slate, filling the gaps, with only conscious and considered purchases, starting with the basics (the needs) – a white tee, the perfect blush – and adding carefully selected embellishments and statements (the loves).
Here are the four principles I try to follow:
Stuff =/ happiness
Do I need it or do I love it?
Simplify wherever possible
The first three principles refer to purchasing and accumulating objects. I needed some rules to help me make decisions when I was thinking about making a new purchase, and these make a lot of sense to me.
Number 4, simplifying, is about two things: space and time (so everything 🙂 Simplifying the space around me, removing extra clutter, and simplifying the things I find myself wasting time on in my everyday routine – dealing with my inbox, cooking and food shopping, switching off my mind every once in a while. These are all little projects I’m working on, and will be sure to share on the blog in future!