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August 9, 2018
by Rachel
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Have you got any of these storage fails?
5 storage solutions that actually CREATE clutter!

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Sometimes the “solution”…

…is really the problem.

Something that feels like it’s helping…

…might be making matters worse.

Why do some areas of your home always end up in a mess?

Maybe you’re using one or more of these “storage solutions”…

…which are actually creating MORE clutter.

Watch the video below to see.

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August 1, 2018
by Rachel
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What do you do when you finish decluttering?

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Wooden carousel horse

Let’s go round again

Have you got a clutter mountain to clear?

A backlog that’s built up, perhaps over years…

…which you’re determined to clear this time?

How great will that be?!

Simplicity. Clarity. Space. FREEDOM!

And then what…?

You could answer that question in one of (at least) two ways.

You could speculate on what exciting new possibilities might become reality once you make room for them.

And you could think about what you’re going to do to stop the clutter creeping back.

I’m going to leave the first way of answering up to you.

Only you know what inspires you…

…what calls you..

…what’s trying to find it’s way to you through your clutter.

The second way of answering though…

…that’s MY department.

Last week, I wrote about one of the benefits to creating (and sticking to!) an ongoing decluttering schedule…

…being able to keep stuff you’re not sure about – WITHOUT anxiety…

…because you know you’ll review the decision in the future.

You even know WHEN.

And that’s not the only benefit.

Here’s five reasons why you MUST create an ongoing schedule for decluttering and organising your home.

1. An ongoing schedule makes it OK to be unsure

See last week.

2. It gets easier

Practice makes perfect.

Decluttering and organising regularly builds neural pathways in your brain.

So the more you do it, the easier you’ll find it.

And that’s not the only reason it gets easier.

When you continuously work round your home…

…you don’t leave it so long between declutters.

When you get to that drawer, cupboard, surface…

…it wasn’t so long since the last time you did it. (About three years in my case).

So you’re less likely to find stuff you’d forgotten you’ve got…

…and you don’t have to allow so much time for refamiliarising yourself.

AND, there’ll probably be less in that drawer or cupboard, or on that surface, than there was last time you went through it.

3. With an ongoing schedule, you know what you’ve got and where it is

Losing stuff is one of the biggest impacts of clutter.

How much time and money do you waste looking for and/or replacing stuff you’ve lost, damaged (because it wasn’t properly stored) or forgotten you had?

Actually, probably best not to try to work that out.

When you declutter and organise according to an ongoing schedule…

…there’s nothing in your home that you haven’t touched for years.

(In my case, there’s nothing I haven’t seen in the last three years).

So you remember what you’ve got and where it is.

4. You have space for everything

No more cramming things into overstuffed drawers and cupboards.

No more being unable to shut said drawers and cupboards.

No more stuff spilling out everywhere because there’s no drawer or cupboard space for it.

No more rummaging down under layers and layers of stuff, making a mess and struggling to find what you’re looking for.

Instead…freedom and ease.

5. You get more and more organised

Each time you go through a space, you spot further things you could do to get it organised…

…and make your life easier.

Maybe, last time, you went through those old letters so now you’ve only got the ones you want to keep…

…and maybe, this time, you put them in chronological order.

Maybe, last time, you decluttered your sock drawer so you could actually shut it…

…and this time you corral all the black socks, white socks, patterned socks together.

So, how fabulous is that?

Each time you go round again, it takes less time and you achieve more.

Win-win.

What do you do when you finish decluttering?

Keep going!

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July 27, 2018
by Rachel
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So you thought I was the Decluttering Queen? Read on…

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Scrap paper

Look, I make a lot of lists, alright?!

I’ve mentioned before that I’m bonkers about paper.

I can’t bear to “waste” it so I end up with mountains of scrap…

…probably more than I’ll ever be able to use.

It’s OK.

I’m good at getting rid of other stuff…

…and (more to the point in fact) I’m EXCELLENT at not acquiring stuff…

…so my home functions well…

…and it doesn’t matter that there are piles of scrap paper under my office desk.

But this weekend I came face-to-face with my nemesis…

…when my bureau came up on my decluttering schedule.

As usual, my first thought was…

…”I don’t suppose there’ll be much I can get rid of“.

How wrong I was!

A huge pile of beautiful photos of birds I’d cut out of RSPB magazines.

…thinking I’d do something creative with them…

…YEARS ago…

…and which had sat in a drawer, sorted by species, unused ever since.

Tubes of plastic glitter.

Aargh! Now we know how damaging that stuff is, and that, sadly, the best place for it is landfill.

A load of envelopes with perished adhesive.

And…a big ol’ pile of diaries.

These related to my first 15+ years of self-employment.

I used to log my time so that I knew how long I’d spent on different projects…

…to help me plan my time efficiently.

Well, that was the theory.

Truth is, I never did anything with that data.

Eventually, I admitted this to myself and stopped keeping records (yay!)

Here’s the journey those 15 diaries had been on since.

1. Sitting on a shelf in my office, gathering dust…

…until said shelf came up in my decluttering schedule.

2. Moved to a drawer of my bureau on the basis I could use them as notebooks…

…until said drawer came up in my decluttering schedule.

3. Admitting to myself that I don’t use notebooks…

…thinking I should probably chuck ’em…

…and knowing I wouldn’t be able to resist tearing out any usable paper to keep for scrap…

…so leaving them where they were…

…until said drawer came up in my decluttering schedule again (last weekend).

4. Getting real.

Tearing off the covers (bin)…

…ripping out the ribbon bookmarks (rag recycling)…

…dumping the paper in the recycling bin.

5. Pulling them back out of the recycling bin…

…tearing out the “best” sheets for scrap…

…and dumping the rest back in the recycling bin.

Hey! It’s progress, right?

There’s a point to telling you this story.

Actually there are two.

The first is so you know I can be as irrational about stuff as the next person.

Clients often tell me they assume my home is a cavernous, echoing, empty chamber!

Not so! 😀

The second, is to demonstrate why I recommend creating a decluttering schedule

…and continuing to declutter every area of your home in an never-ending rotation.

It lets you hang onto stuff you’re not sure about…

…even when you know, really, you “should” get rid.

Because you know that you’ll have a chance to review the decision in the future.

In my case every three years.

You’re not keeping it forever. Just f’now.

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July 18, 2018
by Rachel
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How to declutter books

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What are the toughest things to declutter?

There are lots of contenders (paperwork, sentimental stuff, clothes…)…

…and one of them has got to be…

…books!

Whenever I even MENTION books on my YouTube channel

…I get comments along the lines of “Hands off!”…

…as well as inspiring comments about decluttering books and passing them on to others.

Don’t get me wrong. If you want to keep your books, go right ahead and keep them.

But I’ve broken my attachment to them.

I’m no longer willing to sacrifice space to ones I’ve already read and am unlikely to read again.

Which was all very well until…

Watch the video below to find out more.

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How do you feel about books? Are they precious and sacred and you love building up a collection? Or are they easy-come, easy-go? Has this video inspired you to move any or all of your books on? Comment below the video (log into YouTube or Google first), or below this post to let me know.

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July 11, 2018
by Rachel
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Avoid regret: do what you don’t want to do

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Rachel on Ben Nevis

Climbing Ben Nevis last weekend

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
H Jackson Brown, Jr (often misattributed to Mark Twain)

No one died wishing they spent more time at the office.
Rabbi Harold Kushner (or possibly Senator Paul Tsongas)

Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.
Sydney J Harris

Regret of neglected opportunity is the is the worst hell that a living soul can inhabit.
Rafael Sabatini (who’d obviously never been bitten by a Scottish midge)

The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.
Harriet Beecher Stowe

For all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: “It might have been!”
John Greenleaf Whittier

So never mind the decluttering and organising…

…book that holiday…

…get out in the sunshine…

…text your mate to meet for a coffee.

Yeah…except…not quite.

I was recently reading about how to avoid regret.

Turns out what we’re most likely to regret isn’t not doing what we know we should…

…probably because, when we don’t do something we know we should,…

…we usually try to put things right.

The regrets that stick are regrets about not fulfilling our dreams…

…because, when we don’t prioritise our ambitions…

…we’re only hurting ourselves.

So we leave our personal goals on the back burner…

…often until it’s too late.

OK, so it still sounds like we should hang the decluttering and play all the time, right?

Except that what we feel like doing right this second…

…may NOT be what it takes to fulfil our deepest ambitions for ourselves.

The older I get, the more I’m prioritising the ever-growing list of things I want to do.

Like climbing the tallest mountain in the UK…
(Four days ago as I write this and stairs still make me wince!)

…playing badminton…

…taking singing lessons (and practicing!)…

…swing dancing…

…Body Combat (fitness) classes…

…hiking….

…travelling…

…simply hanging out with friends…

…and so much more.

But here’s the thing…

There’s a REASON I can pack all this into my life…

…AND work enough to pay for it all.

I’m constantly finding ways to make my home (and life) more efficient…

…refining the way my stuff is organised…

…decluttering…

…so I’ve only got what I want and need…

…and I can lay my hand instantly on everything.

Sometimes, the steps on the way to what we want aren’t as immediately attractive as the end goal.

It can seem like we can cut that corner and still have the life we want.

But trust me…

…the time you invest in decluttering and organising?

You’ll get it back with interest.

Giving you MORE time to spend fulfilling your dreams, not less.

What’s on your bucket list? What’s stopping you doing it? What will become possible when you declutter and organise your home? Comment below.

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