Tag: De-cluttering

Minimalists and maximalists

More is more! The mantra of the maximalist!  I should know – I live with one 😊 Now, the lovely Mr. Minimal-Lol has a lot of sterling qualities! But de-cluttering is alien to his nature. His happy place is the garage, which is full of clutter, odds and ends, useful things, apparently. He takes great…

De-cluttering to shop?

I was talking to a friend during the week, who said she would spend this weekend getting her winter clothes down from the attic and packing all her lighter clothes up – de-cluttering as she went. I was impressed she had lasted this long with only light clothes – but still! She then said, her…

Handbag capsule

Some time ago, I wrote about a handbag I owned but didn’t wear.   I loved it but never seemed to reach for it. I only have three handbags so something didn’t seem right. I decided to include it in my autumn capsule, pleased that I would be using it properly. After a few wears, I…

Letting go

This is a picture of a candle, with a burnt wick. Nothing to see here, right? But sometimes it’s the little things that can make a difference. I feel I’m an old hand at de-cluttering now. Clearing out clothes was fine – in fact, very liberating. I thought books would be hard and they were…

Small steps to simplicity

When I started my journey to simplicity, I found minimalism to be the greatest tool at my disposal. At that stage, I hadn’t read Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying – indeed I don’t think it was even available in English at that point. But I agree with her that starting with clothes is…

Minimalism and perfection

Sometimes I get side-tracked by the pursuit of perfection. Here’s my dilemma …. I love reducing the number of items I have – living with less – clearing the clutter. It helps my outlook, my contentment levels and my appreciation for what I have. But I can get locked into a mindset that looks like…

Neutral cardigan and the absence of joy

I love Marie Kondo’s phrase of ‘does this spark joy?’ when reviewing an item, but sometimes think it’s overstating how I feel.  My raincoat doesn’t exactly spark joy but I wouldn’t be without it.  So, I’ve tended to use The Minimalists’ phrase of ‘does this add value to my life?’.  This suits me better and…

Fear and clothing in Hartley Wintney

You know when you’re so enthusiastic about something that you actually put someone off?! I was talking to a friend last week – she complimented me on my dress and I thanked her. ‘Of course, you do that capsule wardrobe thing, don’t you?’ she said. ‘Yes’, I replied.  ‘I love it – I’d never go…

De-cluttering my books

Emboldened by my success in de-cluttering my clothes, some months ago I started to de-clutter my books. The wise Ms. Kondo, in her Life-Changing Magic of Tidying advises de-cluttering books, after clothes, and this is good advice.  If I had started with books, I would never have moved past them.  But de-cluttering my wardrobe has…

Letting go of clothes with sentimental value

I think de-cluttering is like a muscle.  When you’re not used to de-cluttering, it seems too difficult and even overwhelming to start.  I found I needed to build up gradually, although I know of those who cheerfully threw themselves in the deep end.  But the more I de-cluttered, the easier I found it.   My de-cluttering…