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De-cluttering can seem like an insurmountable task when you are starting out. But don’t break into a cold sweat thinking about all the things jam packed into your closets, about to burst out at any moment!
This short list will help you create some momentum by guiding you toward the areas in your home that will provide you with the most impact once organized.
1. Master Suite – Bedroom & Ensuite
I believe that your bedroom is the most important space to declutter because it is the last place you close your eyes and the first place you open them. Because of this it sets the tone for your whole day! I’m sure you don’t want to wake up to piles of laundry, stacks of magazines and books on the floor and have to follow a path just to go to the bathroom! By de-cluttering your bedroom it will be a lot quicker to tidy and a lot less stressful to wake up to!
The bathroom is another space that greets us first thing in the morning. It’s time to sort out the cabinet, get rid of any broken or mouldy bath toys, check the state of your shower curtain and carefully look through your linens. Any frayed or faded towels need to go!
You will probably still have more than enough to use once you have thrown out any that you don’t like. If by chance, you do need to purchase a new set of towels, I recommend buying them individually to suit your lifestyle. Not everyone needs more hand towels and bath mats.
They say that you can tell a lot by people’s shoes. Well I think you can tell a lot more looking inside a lady’s handbag! We carry them everywhere and need to pull things out in a hurry, for that reason, paring down on what you tote around is so important.
Take out those scrunched receipts and 20 tubes of liquid lipstick (oh is that just me!?) and suddenly it is a lot easier to find your keys & wallet.
Getting dressed in the morning & putting your laundry away can be two of the most frustrating things to do if your wardrobe is full to the brim. Start by picking up each piece of clothing. To quote Marie Kondo; “Does it spark joy”? If not, it’s time to pass it on. Also toss or donate items that don’t fit, or that need repair. The only exception is if you have booked an appointment with your tailor or your needle & thread! Better yet, put the items in your car so they are ready to go! Creating a box of clothes in need of repair is a recipe for disaster as they will end up back in your closet after 12 months of you looking at them every day thinking; ” I must sew that button back on!
Much like your handbag, a car can quickly become a dumping place where things to to hide! Grab two rubbish bags – one for things that are going back into your house and one for rubbish. Get busy and you should be done in less than 10 minutes! You get a special pat on the back if you give the car a quick vacuum too!
Laundry is a fact of life, but we don’t have to make it harder than it already is! Laundries need to be functional and accessible – bonus points if they have some je ne sais quoi too!
Throw out any broken washing baskets or pegs. De-clutter your washing detergent – you don’t need 5 “almost empty” containers. Is there one that gives you a rash? Time to toss it out too! Work your way through your laundry space, making sure that you can access your washer & dryer. Soon washing will be a breeze!