The dawn of Spring often brings out the organiser in me, but this Winter, I’ve found myself longing for a decluttered home just so I can feel lighter. ‘Collector-of-things’ that I am, I am convinced that when my home is clean and airy, light coming through the windows, my mental state eases up. And being that the Cape is a late-bloomer, permission to bring order into my home need not be given by a change in season.
There are a few practices that help declutter my living-space and inevitably, my head-space:
Write it down // All good organisation starts with pen and paper, right? I’ve found that a to-do list of all the little things that need to be done around the house gives me a sense of control. I can then look at my list of house work and go “not too bad”, or decide to call in external help (because Saturday mornings were meant for sleeping-in). The idea is to do the same with seasonal decluttering: noting the different areas to be tackled provides a game plan and once accomplished, you can reward yourself with an imaginary gold star on the forehead for a job well done.
Part with what you don’t need // I’ll admit – I’m quite good at convincing myself that something could be useful someday, and find myself holding on to more and more things in anticipation of that perfect day. Case in point: this pretty used-to-be chickpeas jar (I promise, its day is coming). Minimalism has not quite landed on my list of virtues, but living in a small apartment has forced me to purge a little more stuff a little more frequently by either giving or throwing things away. It usually starts with clearing out my wardrobe, particularly when transitioning between seasons, and whilst I am not a fashionista by any stretch of the imagination, a girl can accumulate many-a garment. An effective way to leave no stone unturned is to go room-by-room – magazine stacks, opened mail, dried-up nail polish…the works. The lesson is simple: the smaller the space, the more that you need to create room for things to breathe.
It’s not inside, it’s on top // Hiding our belongings away is about the only thing that brings me sanity when I am unable to sort through a myriad of items and/or part with some things. But when all your cupboards are already filled to the brim, one has to explore some alternative solutions which, ofcourse, should be kind on the eye – we’re all about the pretty here. Where space permits, that solution has been to place some items on top of cupboards. I’ve been on a hunt for affordable wicker baskets in an effort to hide our ‘non-everyday’ kitchen items (blender that only knows smoothies in the summer, toaster that doesn’t support a less-carbs diet, cutlery that may see the light of day at a future dinner table). I love the natural and tidy look they give – no more colourful boxes.
All of this to say that a clutter-free home is a clutter-free mind. So, if you’re like me and have an urge to purge, go ahead and free up some much needed living-space. It may be turn out to be exactly what your head-space needs.