Daily Archives: 08/08/2016

#9 A Simplicious Challenge: Decluttering my house (and my brain, a little)

The Simplicious Challenge: I’m cooking all 306 recipes from Sarah Wilson’s book Simplicious, to see the impact it has on the way I buy, cook, consume and waste food. Read the first post here, if you missed it.

I spent July decluttering my house. I’d been intending to declutter ever since we moved in (last August!), when I simply moved all the clutter to the new house and then re-cluttered everything. I’m actually the opposite of a hoarder – is there a term for that? Since I was a little girl, I’ve always been inclined to regularly tidy and sort things out – back then it was my bedside table and my school bag, now it’s my ENTIRE HOUSE. But this hasn’t really equated to minimalism – in the past, I’d still buy heaps of ‘stuff’, and then just throw it out more often. Which is probably worse than keeping the clutter.

Physical clutter tends to make me feel mentally cluttered too – anxious and disorganised, especially if I’m already stressed. So I wrote myself a list (this would not surprise anyone who knows me), in my list book (this wouldn’t surprise anyone who knows me either, I always have several lists on the go!). I listed all the things I wanted to declutter – the bedroom cupboards, the laundry cupboard, kitchen pantry, kids’ clothes, bathrooms, my paperwork, my overwhelming collection of green bags, to name a few. Even my emails. Each week I picked a few from the list, starting with the big ones to get them out of the way, and got them done. I am one of those people who gets a huge sense of achievement from crossing things off a list. Continue reading

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