The new year is upon us, which can only mean one thing! No I’m not here to talk new years resolutions because guess what? We did that already. Today I’m talking about the January deep clean. You know the one we all vow to do every new year until were two hundred lipsticks deep into our makeup collection wondering who the hell owns this much stuff and if you can really justify keeping twelve different shades of magenta, because they’re all just so perfect.
The thing about de cluttering is that it can be both cathartic and rewarding. The dress you held onto because it holds special memories of the ex who broke your heart? Bin it. I’m here to tell you 2018 you doesn’t need him or those memories anymore. Now we’ve made a start, its time to share my top 10 tips for decluttering your life.
1. Start with your mobile.
Delete and block anyone who no longer holds merit in your life. That guy you went for a drink with off Tinder that didn’t hold a great conversation? Delete him. He’s not coming back into your life. The ex who sometimes calls when he’s drunk? In the words of Dua Lipa “Don’t pick up the phone” and whack his number in that block list where he belongs. As well as being a great time to reorganise your social life, use this time to delete any contacts you no longer require, and say goodbye to any toxic relationships that only serve to bring you down.
2. Download pictures.
Download any pictures from the past year onto a hard drive and/or your computer. Save the favourites from the year that make you smile and delete the rest. Start the year with a clean slate of memories and know those from the year before are safely backed up. If you love nothing more than physically holding your memories in your hand, this is the perfect time to print images off and create a photo album of the past year.
3. Tackle your wardrobe.
If an item in your wardrobe no longer brings you joy, or serves a purpose, donate it to a charity shop. It always feels horrendous when you’re trying to come up for air under a mountain of socks, but the reward of empty space in your wardrobes and the cleansing feeling that comes with seeing the bags of donatable clothes is so worth it.
4. Create a capsule wardrobe.
This year my aim is to create the perfect capsule wardrobe. Now before you panic and think I’m about to pull a Trinny and Susannah, know that a capsule wardrobe can be whatever style you choose to make it. The main principle behind it however, is to make dressing easier and to collect some basic, quality pieces that form the basis of the ultimate easy to wear wardrobe. Just think how easy getting ready for all those 9am meetings is going to be when everything co-ordinates perfectly.
5. Makeup Makeover.
If you’re decluttering everything else, now is the perfect time to start checking those use by dates on your makeup and have a clear out. If you’re not sure what I mean, take a look at a beauty product you own and scan it for a little sign saying 12m or 6m. This means you should keep the product for 12 months or 6 months. Obviously the recommendation with all products differs, with mascara being the main one to watch. I know you adored that limited edition bronzer from 5 years ago, but if it says 12 months, it might finally be time to say goodbye. If you have unused products you no longer require, try to search for local charities who may be thankful of the donation.
6. Battle your desk
I’m a strong believer that with a clear workspace, comes a clear mind, so if right now you’re reading this on a desk surrounded by paperwork and last nights takeaway box, it might be time to give your work space a reboot. Start by sorting your paper work into three piles. High importance, important and this can wait. When you give yourself a starting block, you find that work flows so much more easily. If your newly cleansed workspace is leaving you feeling glum, nows the perfect time to give it some TLC. Surround yourself with images that inspire you and get 2018 off to a productive start.
7. Tackle your home
This one is quite personal, as one mans junk is another mans treasure, but when it comes to decluttering your home, start by removing decorative items you no longer require. Before throwing them completely, decide if they are an item that could be upcycled and incorporated into a new style you might love. If you don’t want to restyle your home, use January as an excuse to deep clean. From carpets, to curtains, nothing freshens up a living space like being amazingly clean. If you can’t find the time to do it yourself, why not consider finding a local cleaning service, who may be able to take on the task for you.
8. Learn when to say no.
When it comes to decluttering your life commitments, its all down to learning when to say no. Streamline your activities and vow to keep moving forward with those hobbies and activities that truly add value and joy to your life. The best way to see just how much you’re committing to, is to write all of your commitments down. Seeing something on paper can be quite the eye opener and help you realise what you really love and want to devote time to.
9. Create a routine that works
Every single year without fail I set myself an unrealistic routine, like getting up at 6am to do Yoga, and then find myself six months later wondering why I didn’t stick to it when I am definitely NOT a morning person. The trick with routines is to create one that really works for you. Its no good lying to yourself and pretending that you’ll be able to go to the gym seven times a week if you know deep down its not going to work out that way. Set a realistic routine and in the long run everything will begin to feel a lot easier, with less guilt and it will all slot into place.
10. Make all of the lists.
I am a strong believer in lists. I make them for everything. They are the ultimate way to get things done. The great thing about lists? If you don’t finish something from a list one day, you can just create a new list and move it onto that. When it comes to making lists, your phones note app is your friend, but if you prefer the old fashioned way, a pen and paper still do just as well and won’t be lost when your iPhone battery dies.
What things will you be doing to declutter your life in 2018?
Until Next Time