Yesterday Jonathan and I decided to go through all our stuff and throw out things we hadn't used in 6 months. This included clothes, magazines, paperwork etc. All the usual clutter in anyone's house. We only wanted to keep the things we used regularly - the "essentials". It's hard to do this, but after you have conquered your mess, you will feel so liberated. TRUST ME.
I have found that when your house and in my case work space (as I work from home) is cluttered it is very difficult to get through daily tasks. Sometimes it's almost overwhelming. So remember: A cluttered space is a cluttered mind.
Here's some of my tips that helped me out yesterday...
1// GOAL: Give yourself a goal. I wanted to clean out the study/ Who Killed Bambi office. I wanted to file relevant paper work and throw out random junk I hadn't used in the past six months. Make sure you give yourself a designated spot for things - this will help in the long run.
2// VISUALISE: I like to take a moment to take a look at a room, and think about how I want it to look by the time I finish. Yesterday we moved around furniture, we bought new things to place around the house and figured out what the essential pieces were for each room. Anything that wasn't deemed "essential" got thrown out.
3// DONATE: We dontated three massive garbage bags of clothes yesterday to Lifeline. Knowing that someone is going to benefit from things you're just holding on to and haven't worn in ages is a great feeling. If you haven't worn something in six months, chances are you're not going to wear it in another six months, so why not give it to someone who NEEDS it.
4// LOVE: Learn to love a minimalistic look. Make this your standard. My goal is to keep my desk like my photos above. For me, it is so easy to pile paperwork on the left hand side and leave it there for a month. Now at the first sign of that I am going to get.rid.of.it!!
I feel so much better having thrown out non-essential items, and I feel silly that I held on to many things thinking I would need them one day. Trust me, you won't even remember you had it once it's gone.