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Week 1 – How To Let Go Of Things And Declutter: Declutter 50 Random Items

I am not going to tell you to declutter your house in a week by choosing 50 random items and throwing them in the bin. Give it a few weeks and you will replace those 50 items with 50 more different items. Instead I am going to try and inspire you to declutter by asking you to start visualising the lifestyle of your dreams – and start living it.

Step 1: Commit to yourself

If you have to tidy your house every day then you have too much stuff. I believe that every item in your home should have a purpose, either something that makes you happy or something that is functional. Commit to yourself to only owning items that benefit you or will make you a better person. Stop committing your time to stuff that drains your creativity, your spirit and your energy. You deserve more than that.

Step 2: Imagine your ideal lifestyle

Take me for example I want to buy a home for many reasons. It is the next step on my road to independence. But on a deeper level, I want to buy a house because I want what comes with the house and no I’m not talking about bricks and monthly mortgage payments. I want a space to host friends and family gatherings so we can create new memories together. I want to build a safe environment in which to relax and recharge my soul away from the world. I want to see my dogs run around the kitchen and out onto the outside patio in the summer time. I want to enjoy nights curled up on the sofa eating pizza and watching Gogglebox (Big up Giles and Mary). Ask yourself how do I want to use my space? How can I start living the life I want to live? There is so much more to owning a house and it’s so exciting.

Step 3: Declutter

Marie Kondo wrote a brilliant booked called ‘The life-changing magic of tidying up the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing’ and it was this book that inspired me to write this post. After watching her Netflix series ‘Tidying up with Marie Kondo’ (watch it, it’s life-changing) her methods instantly resonated with me and my feelings towards the items that I owned changed. One of her most common methods is to hold an item in your hands and ask yourself ‘does this spark joy?’ If the answer is yes, find the item a home but if the answer is no, thank it and set it free! Sell it, give it away, donate it to charity, recycle or bin it.

TOP TIP: Marie created a ‘declutter your life checklist’ by using these categories in this order

  1. Clothes
  2. Books
  3. Papers
  4. Miscellaneous
  5. Sentimental

Step 4: Organise and tidy

Now that you own items that bring you functionality and joy it’s time to organise and store them. How you do this is completely up to you. Perhaps you have a sentimental jewellery box that you can finally display on your dresser which can store all of your treasures. You could purchase glass storage containers to store food or even beauty products. However you decide to organise things remember to be gentle and kind to the items you own. Show them love and respect and cherish them. Be grateful for what you own and what you have achieved in your home. Don’t let any-old thing take residence at your house. Make your home a reflection of who you are and how you want to live – you’ll feel so much better for it.

See how far you can get with this one week declutter challenge. Best of luck and happy tidying!

Lottiebudgets

This post is a part of a #weeklywins series hosted by @Lottiebudgets and @CharlotteMusha (Follow us on Instagram)

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