If there’s one thing that I learned when Luke and I moved out this year- it was how much ‘stuff’ we had. Stuff that we’ve accumulated over the years. Stuff that was once sentimental. Stuff that I don’t wear, use or read anymore.
It’s amazing how much we’ve collectively managed to gather between us over our lifetimes- so I’ve spent a fair amount of time decluttering this year.
There’s still a long way to go (have you ever tried to give away books?!) but here’s how I’m making the journey of simplifying and decluttering my life:
Planning, notebooks, diaries, and calendars
I have a friend who has 3 different Google calendars for her life. Although that sounds insane, in actual fact it’s super simple because she has everything that she’s doing for work, family and personal life online, in one nifty little space. Although that sounds excessive, I currently hold half of my plans in my head, half on my phone and half in my planner. I really want to get to a point where I can just have everything in one place. Keep things electrical- and lose the clutter! I’ve kept my personal written diaries, but that’s because I want to read them back when I’m in my old age!
Since I moved out, I have realised quite how excessive the number of clothes that I had collected over the years was. I’ve not bought anything new really since I moved out of my family home (finance related, not from lack of wanting stuff!) but I really need to declutter the things I have currently, tidy that wardrobe and then find where the gaps are and what I want to do with it. I’ve also given away all the clothes that I don’t feel my best in. Who wants a top that reminds them that they aren’t a size 6? Not me!
You can take a look at my capsule wardrobe post here– which is where I’ve started with the process.
I’m not a beauty product hoarder at all- but I am rubbish at just leaving things to one side and not throwing them out when I’m really past using them. After my clearout I’ve kept:
1 foundation, 2 mascaras, 2 liquid eyeliners, 2 contour kits, 2 eyeshadow palettes (with two Bobbi brown glitter gel ones that I can’t part with!), 8 makeup brushes, 1 liquid highlight and 2 eyebrow kits.
I’m gonna make an active effort to not buy things unless I’m replacing stuff I’ve run out of. I’m also trying to be cruelty free- so that’s made me reassess a lot of my usual products.
Books, films, comics
Luke is a hoarder of films and comics and I’m a hoarder of books. We haven’t attempted to clear any of this stuff out yet because we’re sentimental about it all- but I’m really trying to lend people books to make some space. I think the only way I’d be able to do a proper clear-out would be if someone wrestled my books out of my cold dead hands ha!
I’m much better at sharing my anxiety and worry with the people around me- but it’s something I’m still working on. It can be hard to declutter the worries from your life but I’m making time to focus on the important ones (like health anxiety) and getting the help I need. I’m also eschewing any worries I have about what other people think of me. I’m being so unapologetic in who I am and how I behave these days. Sorry, not sorry!
I mean really- fuck social media man. I know I work in it and all- but by the end of the day the last thing I actually want to do is go on any of those platforms. They’re such a drain and they generally make me feel unproductive and crap. I’m giving myself like 30 mins a day to indulge and look at my social, but I’m filling the rest of my life with real people, real things and quality time.
What are you doing to clear out?