Living your life with less clutter, in my opinion, is a daily practice. That's why one of the first questions I ask clients when they are deciding whether to use my service is "are you really ready to let go and change old habits"? If you are, that's very exciting because the benefits of having less will extend to all areas of your life. It's such an honour to witness clients transform in this way and adopt new healthy choices so they can shine like never before!
All we have is this moment right now. And stuff just takes up valuable space. Space to move, space to breathe and space to just be. Only having what you need is the key to a simpler life. But how do we achieve this?
Here are 5 of my top tips to avoid ending up with too much stuff:
1. Be very mindful when you buy or bring anything new into your home. Is it needed and will it be used and loved completely? Take time when you make purchases to avoid wasting valuable resources and money. When you get really on top of your home, you will be very conscious of whats coming in and out.
2. Take care of the planet by recycling and buying local produce or having a weekly veg box delivered to avoid all that annoying packaging. We really do not need any more plastic in our lives. Also when you go shopping remember to take your own bag. And re use it again and again. Reduce, reuse and recycle.
3. Tell friends and family you are focusing on having less in your life so if they want to gift you something suggest an experience rather than stuff unless there is something specific you need. Also if you have children, you could set up a savings account for them so the family can add to their future in that way. We value experiences over items now more than ever.
4. Each month have a clear out of an area or room in your home. Keep an eye on what you have and whether it's being used and enjoyed. You could start with your wardrobe one month and the kitchen the next. Then make decisions where things live and be sure to tell the people you live with what goes where so everyone is practising putting things back. If you do this, it will save a lot of time. Everything needs a home.
5. Get into the habit of dealing with stuff on the spot. Open letters as soon as they arrive and pay bills as quickly as possible. Return calls and reply to emails keeping on top of all areas of life by not putting anything off. Now is as good a time as ever. Doing this will avoid things piling up and having too much to do all the time. You often won't feel like doing these things but will feel great when they are done.
Living with less is a lifestyle choice. It's a way of thinking and moving around in the world. Clutter is not just all the items in your home but can also be an unhealthy relationship or a job that is no longer serving you. When we reach capacity and feel overwhelm and stress, it's often a clear indication that we are holding onto too much stuff; both physically and emotionally. Is it time to break free and move on from things that are no longer serving you? Today is a great day to begin.
"Martha provided the support, understanding and experience that I needed to change how I dealt with my day to day clutter. With the kindness and practical tools she offered, I was able to keep what served me and discard what didn't. It became easier and simpler and the difference now is massive. I enjoy my home so much more. I look forward to tidying up because I know where things go. It has become a pleasure and my head space feels a lot clearer too. My quality of life has improved because of the guidance from Martha. Can't really put a price on that!" Liz Norriswriter and family relationship specialist
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