Clearing the Clutter!

Issue 158 

Create a life you love in 2024 by clearing out the clutter!

Professional organiser Kim Steer, founder of Style Your Home Happy, offers us some advice on how we can start the year with a fresh perspective and renewed energy by clearing space in our homes.

Style Your Home Happy is a decluttering, organising and staging service, supporting client’s wellbeing through personalised sessions in homes and businesses, and through online coaching. Transforming spaces to clear physical and mental clutter, ultimately paving the way for their clients to live a life they truly love.

”Decluttering is more than tidying up; it’s a transformative journey to improve wellbeing and create a home aligned with a healthy lifestyle.” Kim Steer says.

“Our homes should be our sanctuary, the place we can retreat to and replenish, especially at this time of year after the hustle and bustle of the festive season. Decluttering not only creates physical space, it also fosters mental wellbeing. Now’s the time to create a serene home environment to face the year ahead.”

Accumulating possessions can lead to unnecessary stress and anxiety. From piles of junk mail, unwanted Christmas gifts, or clothes we hope to fit back into one day. We all have items in our homes, which no longer serve us. As time goes on this clutter expands and creates overwhelming atmosphere that can lead to feelings of embarrassment and shame.

Decluttering not only enhances wellbeing, but also supports local charities, can yield extra cash and, most importantly, creates space and systems conducive to a healthy lifestyle. A golden rule for decluttering is to retain only items we need, love, or that bring value to our lives. Consider the last time you used an item and its likelihood of future use. Keep daily essentials easily accessible. Surround yourself with delights such as cherished artworks and photos, plants, and other uplifting items. Consider incorporating elements like crystals, aromatherapy, and colour to amplify the positive impact.

Decluttering can be a way of life, by maintaining an awareness of what you bring into your home, you lead a more intentional and fulfilling lifestyle. Involve your household, donate or sell items responsibly, and have a mindful approach to consumption. If you need support to get started, hiring a professional to help makes the process a lot easier.

As you embark on this decluttering journey, bear in mind that it transcends physical space. It’s about cultivating mental and emotional space, paving the way for a happier, more purposeful life and a renewed sense of joy!

Decluttering tips

Define Your Why:

Understand your motivation for decluttering, whether it’s creating a more relaxed atmosphere, preparing for a new addition to the family, or gearing up for a move. Knowing your purpose will drive your decluttering journey.

Set Achievable Goals:

Establish realistic goals based on the time you can commit. Reward yourself with self-care treats as you achieve each milestone, making the process more sustainable and enjoyable.

Start Small:

Begin with a manageable area, like a drawer or cupboard, and gradually expand. Breaking down the decluttering process into smaller tasks makes it more achievable and less overwhelming.

Organise Everything:

Designate specific spaces for your belongings based on their importance and frequency of use. The goal is to create a system where everything has a home, promoting accessibility and order.

Be Decisive:

When evaluating items, be ruthless in your decision-making and prioritise functionality and joy over sentimentality.

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