How I’m decluttering my home for the new year + competition

Decluttering the home

Who doesn’t love a fresh new year? I most certainly do!

I simply love making plans and goals for the year (you can read about mine for 2018 *here*), and also donning a “out with the old” mindset.

If you’ve read my plans for the year, you’d have seen that Ian and I are looking into the idea of possibly buying our first home together. So with this thought in mind and in case it happens sooner rather than later, I’m making sure my home gets as decluttered and fresh looking as possible in case I put it on the market.

Decluttering certainly seems to be an ongoing battle in my home (it’s something I’ve mentioned I’m doing time and time again), but I’m determined to win the battle!

If, like me, you’re feeling overwhelmed with all the “stuff” in your home, here’s what I’ve been getting rid of and the processes I’m using in case it inspires you to do the same.

Top tip before you begin… Make it easy. Start with one room, one drawer, or one box to go through. Breaking down the process makes it so much easier.

Toiletries

I’m having a good think about what I have stashed in my spare room. Time and time again I’ve overlooked how long I have had some of the things in there. And I really mean *long*. This time I’m going to go through *everything* piece by piece to see if it deserves to stay.

Gone are the old suncreams that I bought years ago and kept “just in case” I need them, even though I have plenty of fresher bottles to use. Gone are the matching old aftersuns too. It’s probably safer using fresher ones anyways! Do you have anything lurking around like that? Maybe now is the time to just get rid.

Old toiletries have been put out on show in the bathroom to ensure I actually use them, and use them up first before starting on the newer ones. I will apply this method to all my toiletries and makeup too so they’re all in some kind of order.

I’ll admit, I’ve been slacking on giving myself some proper “me time” lately. So I’m trying to get back into a proper beauty routine and will subsequently make sure that I’m using up and enjoying the products I already have….before buying anything new that catches my eye!

That is another big tip. Try to challenge yourself not to buy anything new until you’ve used up what you have. Not only will your home look better, but your purse will thank you for it too.

Donating, regifting, selling… For anything brand new that you have and won’t end up using. (Queue those Christmas presents that aren’t your cup of tea!). Don’t feel ashamed to regift it to someone who you feel may love it. As long as you’re careful not to give it back to the person who bought it for you, I don’t see the problem in doing this at all. Otherwise, why not donate sealed items to a charity or try to sell it for a few extra £’s here and there.

Receipts and Bills

My receipts have all been shredded away! I even found a few stashed from 2015! So pull every drawer open, look in every box, there’s always something lurking around that can be thrown.

All those notes, receipts, old bills, etc. Grab a cuppa and go through them all, shredding whatever you don’t need to keep. It might seem like a huge task, but you’ll feel so good once it’s done and out for recycling.

…there’s something so therapeutic about using a shredder!

Marketing Materials

I’ve also been making a point of getting my address removed from brochures I receive through the post from companies. These days we can access most things we need digitally, and as lovely as it is to go through the brochures, realistically I don’t often get the time to sit and read through them.

The same goes with any leaflets I come across on my travels or ones that people try to hand to me, I try to say no more often now as it just ends up as more clutter!

Whilst you’re at it. Unsubscribe from email mailing lists you no longer need to be on too!

Clothes

I have a 3 door wardrobe, two underbed drawers, and clothing rails in the second bedroom filled with clothes. It’s ridiculous. And seeing all these clothes everywhere is quite frankly doing my head in.

So to declutter my clothing, I’m going to get rid of anything I just don’t fit into, things I have not worn in the last few months or so, or things that maybe I have just worn once in a season and have plenty of other options to choose from that are similar, nicer, or that I wear more often!

I’m sure I only wear about 20% of my wardrobe!

Miscellaneous

I’m sure we all have random “stuff” lying around that we don’t need. I recently came across a whole load of mini notebooks that I definitely didn’t need, so I rang my parents to see if they had any use for them…and they did! They also took a few pens and pencils off my hands which was so helpful. So be earth friendly and ask friends or family if they have any use for what you’re getting rid of – I’ve often given away unneeded makeup or accessories to friends!

Magazines, I’m a hoarder of them. I’ve even recently been taking some lovely Elle magazines from a neighbour once she’s finished with them, but I just haven’t got round to reading them! I have a few home magazines I’ve kept too – thinking I will go back to them for ideas, or to create an inspirational mood board on a creative day… It’ll never happen. So, very soon I will be getting rid of practically all of them and I think I will have to say no to my neighbour for the next lot she offers too!

When decluttering your magazines, consider your family, friends or maybe somewhere like your local doctor’s surgery as places to donate them too if they wish to receive them!

It’s good to take a moment to truly be honest with yourself and evaluate how often you use your things. Some items may have sentimental value, but do you ever use it or look at it to remember where or who you got it from? Sometimes it’s good to just let go. Obviously, be careful not to throw away items that have *genuine* sentimental value. Just learn to draw the line somewhere in order to live your best life now and for the future – one that’s clear of clutter!

Saying No

This is the new process I’m taking on to beat the battle against clutter. Saying no.

Saying no to unneeded new clothes, makeup, toiletries, stationery, basically everything and anything that comes into the home. Of course, there will still be times I treat myself to the odd thing I don’t really need. But the more I can say no and buy less, the nicer my home will be!

Keeping a bit of a minimalist head on as I continue through the year will ensure my place stays clear of clutter too. Tidy home, tidy mind.

Decluttering my home

It’s competition time…

To kick off the new year in style, I thought I’d give away some lovely new stationery to help a lucky winner to get super organised for 2018 too!

In this bundle of loveliness there’s a daily planner to help you break down your day by hour to keep you on track whether you’re at home or even at work, along with a “to do” section, a notes section and a “quote of the day” area to write down a mantra to keep you inspired! I’ve also included a matching notepad for all those helpful notes you need to write down during the day, alongside some matching sticky notes too! I also picked up this gorgeous boxed pink & gold pen from Clintons to scribble down all your decluttering plans and goals for the year.

So if you fancy getting super organised and winning these goodies, here’s how to enter…

Enter on Twitter – Follow me *here* and retweet the competition tweet which is pinned to the top of my page.

Enter on Facebook – Simply like my page *here* and like & share the competition post which is pinned to the top of my page.

Enter on Instagram – Follow me on Instagram *here* find this photo on my feed and follow the steps under the image.

One overall winner will be chosen at random from all my social pages. Feel free to enter via all of them to increase your chances of winning!

Competition ends midnight Saturday 13th January 2018. UK only. Good luck! 🙂

I hope I’ve inspired you to declutter your home! I’d love to know what you’re doing to get your home ready for 2018.

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