I think if I was to ask my parents what I was like growing up they wouldn’t include ‘tidy’ or ‘organised’ in the description. Yet, over the years I have become more and more that grown up person who wants to live a tidy and organised life. Much to the frustration of the husband who is a more ‘wants all the things to be on a surface and accessible’ sort of person. But with moving house on the cards I thought I’d have a bit of a ramble around the ways in which I’ve been getting myself a little closer to that tidy/organised goal. Plus of course I’d love to hear any tips on what else I should do – in general life or moving house tips to make it as stress free as possible? As right now it’s far from stress free…
A significant chunk of the organisation mission comes from the wanting to move with as little clutter and rubbish as possible so that life in the new home will be a clean and fresh start…where I’ll ideally keep it that way rather than accumulate rubbish so here’s a few things I’ve been doing or have on the ‘to do’ list for the coming weeks before the big move.
Wardrobe clear out
I’ve written a post with some of my tips on how to do this before. But my biggest tip is do it all in one go – literally gather all your clothes from drawers/wardrobes and put it all in a pile and then go through it. If you struggle to look at each item on it’s own, then group them… so if like me you have an excess amount of grey t-shirts, then it becomes really clear, really quickly… Be ruthless and maybe go so far as enlist a ruthless friend to make you see sense as you sort through things in a way that you know will clear a lot of space.
It’s also worth re-thinking how you store things too after the clear out. For example, this time around I switched out where I store dresses as post clear out it was no longer such a dominant part of the wardrobe. I also decided I wanted to store more shirts and nice tops hung up to keep them smooth rather than creased and folded.
Part of being an adult apparently means that paper seems to accumulate. Pieces of important paper that seem like they shouldn’t be thrown away. It seems like each year there’s more and more. Then there’s the whole ‘running a business’ thing that adds a whole fresh chunk of paper build up. So the time came that I actually went full grown up and bought a little filing cabinet to try and sort it all out and keep it in a way that made sense. So I got as pretty a cabinet as I could (white) and have sorted through all the rubbish, recycled out the un-needed and organised the items are I may need to keep so can all be filed away.
Marie Kondo Method
The de-cluttering forever book that’s the hot read of the Summer to all my fellow borderline OCD people. I’m just getting into it and realising that whilst some of it feels a tad extreme for me – there are lots of elements I totally agree with and think are really helpful if you’re trying to truly clear clutter out. The best thing I’ve picked up (and is actually close to how I cleared things out already) is to clear things by category not room – so clothes, paperwork and beauty bits etc… rather than by bedroom/kitchen/bathroom etc. Which leads nicely onto…
As you can imagine, being a beauty junkie means the number of beauty items in my life can be somewhat overwhelming at times and sometimes just frankly a bit ridiculous. I am all too aware that even if I went full drag Queen level of make-up on a daily basis then I couldn’t use it all in my lifetime. So I like to sort through and clear out as often as possible to make sure items I can’t or am unlikely to use (think skincare not for me or too dark foundations and the like) can go to homes that will use and enjoy them. I do this by either passing items to family and friends or by accumulating a lot and holding a sale where all proceeds go to charity. Always nice to raise a few pennies whilst also clearing out the potentially unused items on a regular basis.
I have to say I am well and truly aware that my goal to get tidy is not the most wildly exciting thing in the world. This may be the last thing anyone is interested in at the moment. But as a non-naturally organised person I am hoping a few suggestions on the things I am currently on a mission to do to sort my life out a bit with might be helpful for others. Plus on the next stage – the actual house move – I would totally welcome any tips in return!