Leading nicely on, in order to avoid being wasteful rather than just throwing out multiples of products I recommend using up what you have first then asking yourself if you need to repurchase. Do you use it? Do you like it? Do you have something already that would do the job? For example, I used to buy all sorts of different cleaning products for different purposes, surface cleaner, glass cleaner, polish and so on. Now I use one product suitable for all, reducing cupboard space and ironically making my cleaning routine a bit quicker.
Next up, surfaces. I cleared them off completely, then only added the few things I really wanted / needed there. This worked really well for me in the bathroom and kitchen. The things I use all the time, like the kettle stays on the surface - toaster in the cupboard as it gets used once a month maximum. It makes the room look bigger somehow and much more sleek. Even better it makes cleaning so much quicker as you don't need to keep moving stuff to clean, and who wants to spend any longer than they have to cleaning?!
This tactic also worked well in the bedroom. Once again I removed most of the items and then only put back what I needed or looked pretty. This worked very well on a bookcase in the bedroom. It was once full of haphazardly stacked books and a bit of a dumping ground. Now it's a curated space, looks balanced, yet still practical storing the books I will read again and pretty storage for my watches.
Whenever I found myself with too many items for one area I asked myself questions yet again, Do I love this? Do I have any sentimental attachment to this? Would this look nice/be useful somewhere else. If not then it was considered for donation to the charity shop.
Now admittedly I am only part way on my decluttering journey, but where I have managed it I feel so much more at ease. Turns out an uncluttered environment leaves me feeling like I have an uncluttered mind. I've always loved my home, but with all the clutter I wasn't enjoying it properly.
By starting to move towards just owning just what I need and love, I am indeed experiencing some of the benefits people talk of.
More time - Now I'm spending less time cleaning, organising and shopping, I have more time to do little things I love - like write this blog! Plus it's so much quicker to find something I need, as it's not hiding behind a mass of other things.
More money - Now I'm not buying things I don't need mindlessly, whilst I never thought to track it, I'm certain I will have saved money.
Less excuses - I would often tell myself I couldn't go out somewhere or work out as I needed to tidy up. Now its mainly tidy already, if not it takes no more than an hour and I'm out of the door.
Less stress - Now I'm not worrying about mess and in a cluttered environment I find it easier to relax, I've even found it much easier to be creative.
I'm fully intending to keep this up, decluttering, using up items and enjoying what I own, albeit a bit slower than some 'minimalists' might advise. The real challenge is yet to come....my wardrobe. I'll let you know my tips on that if I manage it!
P.s not pictures of my actual home, but I promise the areas I have tackled are tidy!