This week has seen glorious weather in the Lake District. The kids are off school for the summer and it’s been a joy watching them outdoors playing with their friends. I feel so lucky that they get enjoyment from playing outside and turning off those gadgets. In between watching them over a coffee, and telling them to be careful (the BMX stunts were getting a little too hair-raising), I’ve been continuing with my decluttering. These are just five more things I’ve done recently on my minimalism journey.
1. We’re going on holiday soon; I’ve practised “packing light” so we can travel with less. This is what I’ve done:
- Packed only what we’ll need, without the “might needs” or the “just in case items”. Too many times, we’ve come back from holidays with half a suitcase of clean clothes. Clean clothes we’ve transported, carried around with us, and brought home for no reason at all.
- Used a smaller suitcase. There’s nothing like limiting your space to focus your mind. I’ve packed one medium size suitcase for three of us for a week (excluding footwear – hiking boots are separate!) Instead of packing seven outfits, we packed two full outfits each and extra tops, underwear etc. Like at home, we’re sure to be able to wear the same clothes more than once and will find a washing machine if needed.
- Worried less – unless you’re going to the back of beyond, you’ll be able to nip out and buy any important items that you’ve forgotten.
- Enjoy – don’t stress over the packing. I used to spend ages deliberating over what to pack, purchasing new clothes, “smaller” toiletries…it’s much easier to pack what you have and focus on enjoying your time away.
2. Take your time and don’t put pressure on yourself to declutter. There’s no point saying to yourself that you’ll declutter that wardrobe, that cupboard or spare room on Tuesday if Tuesday turns out to be filled with wonderful sunshine or you’re feeling under the weather. Get outside in the sunshine inside or rest up, the house can wait! When I feel like decluttering, I can be like a whirlwind and achieve so much…..not feeling it? Then I’ll just procrastinate and deliberate over the smallest item!
3. Get realistic. For me, it was asking myself how many cook books I really need. In all reality, I just cook from one, this well loved Jamie Oliver book. The pages are crumpled and splashed, but I know that every recipe works for me and my family. With this in mind, I’ve donated some of the cookbooks I’ve never used to charity. I’ve also challenged myself to try a few new recipes from this book that I’ve not made before, just to mix things up a little.
4. Try to leave each room better than you find it. This one’s really easy. When I remember, I try to make one small difference to each room, each time I leave it. Perhaps I’ll put something back in its place, take something upstairs or recycle junk mail as it comes through the door. Simple, quick steps that help me get where I want to be.
5. The biggest success this week was my bedroom. I’ve had a super good purge, and now all the surface tops are clutter free. It feels so light and airy now, not to mention being really quick to clean. (I really dislike spending my free time cleaning!) On the plus side, there’s also more room for the cat to relax.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the progress that I’ve made on my minimalism journey. I’d love to hear about any tips that you have, or how you’re getting on with decluttering your home. Please leave your comments below 🙂