How to De-Clutter and some tips to keeping your place tidy!

Monday, April 20, 2020

As we are all spending more time at home, its easy to make more mess and for things to get out of hand. I have recently de-cluttered my bedroom and bathroom after reading the book "Minimal: How to simplify your life and live sustainably" By Madeline Olivia and it was much needed and you should definitely do this if you get the chance.

De-cluttering your shizzle

There is a rule to de-cluttering which is simply illustrated in the book (great read) but in short, break up an area into categories and then put this into sub-categories. So to start in your wardrobe, start with pulling all your socks out and picking out all the socks that have holes, that are itchy/uncomfortable and ones you don't like and put these in a pile to either give to a charity shop or recycle. Make a pile of socks that you like and are comfortable and the ones you um and ah about put in a maybe pile. So you should have 3 piles. Only put back the "like" pile and make sure you do it neatly. Pop the "no" pile in a box or bag to bring to the local charity shop/recycling bin (search for your nearest fabric recycling centre) and finally make a "maybe" box and hide this, if you reach to get anything from it, you can pop to in the "like" pile or within 6 months you can send this to charity.

On instagram I recently discovered a brand called Refashion, which send out free shipping bags to send your old un-wanted clothing and they re-sell it or upcycle it. They have a selected list of brands they love which you can follow or not. They ask that all clothes are freshly washed and the bags hold around 15 garments of clothing. With your bag, you get a return shipping label free of charge, so it's a super easy way of recycling old clothing.



You can always sell clothing on sites like Depop and Poshmark or upcycle it yourself. You can get crafty with your sewing kit and do some cool patterns on your jeans or shorts. Just get crafty with it!

Tips on keeping your place super tidy

I am a naturally tidy person anyways but I think that’s because I’ve adopted a few habits along the way.

I’ve learnt that by de-cluttering, it’s a lot easier to keep things tidy as you want to remain that way. I like that all the stuff I have now all has a spot (bar the Easter eggs on the side). So it simply takes you to put items back where they belong once you have used then. Not hard at all... But life can be busy sometimes and we can get lazy, so that’s when you form a load of clothes on your floor. It happens to me all the time and I hate mess.

The Solution: weekly just do a tidy up, I do mine every Sunday, hang up clean clothes, put dirty ones in the wash and pop everything back in it’s place. Ready to start a new week off!

As far as cleaning goes, one evening a week I just try and do it all in one. Give the floors a clean and Hoover, dust and clean. It makes a massive difference once you’ve cleaned your space and it’s also quite a workout.


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