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Creating Space - a guide to decluttering

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Creating Space - a guide to decluttering

We are emerging from the era of ‘more is more’ - rediscovering the beauty of living with less, and intentionally curating our surroundings to create space. When your home is clear, uncluttered and only filled with items that you truly love, you feel lighter, freer and uplifted. 


Starting to peel back the layers can seem like a daunting task, however when approached methodically can be an enriching experience.


The Wardrobe

An easy place to start is the wardrobe. This is an easy place to categorise possessions, asking yourself truthfully - does this feel good to wear, or do I throw this on without regard. You can read our in-depth wardrobe declutter guide here but a basic overview is create three piles - donate, sell and mend/alter. Everything else can go back into your wardrobe, making sure that these are only the things you love. Ensure that when you do this you create a system that allows a sense of ease to getting dressed, think of your most common outfit formulas, for example do you dress for occasion, a ‘top and bottom’ pairing or by colour. Creating space is also about creating effortlessness in your day-to-day.


The Bathroom

Open your bathroom cabinets and get clear on what you really do use. Most of us accumulate additional products, remedies for specific ailments, gifted products that don’t align with our natural ingredient philosophy or simply half used containers that we hold onto but likely won’t finish. 


An easy way to define what can be let go of is to map out your daily practises, for example your morning and night skin and makeup routines, your self-care bathing rituals, perhaps a ‘beauty first aid’ of the common ailments you address on a regular basis. Ensure that everything fits your criteria of each category and if you have double ups, or products that sit outside of the rituals , empty the formulas (where safe to do so) and recycle the packaging. If items are unused and still sealed organisations such as The Beauty Bank will accept donations and provide them to those in need. Keep the products grouped by the category in your shelves or drawers so that when you go to complete each ritual you will continue to use these products to completion.


Kitchen & Laundry

These spaces carry far less emotional attachment than other areas of the house but can be easy to overlook. Similar to your bathroom explore your cupboards and clear out any products that no longer get used. To truly strip these back to the necessities consider items that do double duty - for example, in your laundry white vinegar and bicarb soda can be used for a number of household cleaning treatments and in place of traditional laundry powder. 


Likewise do you have crockery, glassware or appliances, or even linens that are duplicates and serve the same purpose. What is the minimum amount that you need, and what are the items that you purchased for the ‘what if’ scenario. Often if you think creatively you can seek an alternate solution rather than keeping these items ‘just in case, for example if you hold onto excess cutlery for the occasional dinner party, perhaps next time create a meal that doesn’t require it, or simply ask your guests to bring their own for the night. It might feel strange the first time you do this but realistically if you explain your intention behind it, it’s nothing to be ashamed of. You might even inspire them to consider a life with less in the process.


Decor

When it comes to interiors, less truly is more. It’s more important that everything that fills your home carries with it enriching memories, a sense of nostalgia or visual inspiration. It’s time to look to your furniture and decor and ask yourself - what is this adding to my life. Sometimes we accumulate furniture to simply house ‘stuff’. Question, is this worthy of taking up space in my home or can I do without it.


Create a time to photograph these pieces and put them on local resale sites like Facebook Marketplace or Gumtree (in Australia) for a reasonable price. Often the feeling of release can be worth more than the compensation. Don’t forget books, magazines and decorator items - anything that no longer aligns or inspires you seek to donate to an organization that can make better use of these pieces.


Going forward, ensure that each piece you add isn’t because of a certain trend, it should feel worthy of taking space in your life for the long term.