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We’re all bombarded aren’t we?
With a constant barrage of clutter!
We can’t leave our house without coming back with great bagfuls of stuff.
That we do NOT need. Or want. Or actually get pleasure from!
And it sneaks in through the letter box. Everyday.
And then, and then … !!! … there ARE birthdays! AND Christmas!
Do not even get me started on birthdays and Christmas!
More and more and more things.
Some – in fact – wonderful things.
But too many to enjoy. Too many to value deeply.
So what – we all cry! – can we do?
How are on earth are we meant to keep clutter out?
And stop it from taking over our homes. Our times. Our minds.
And leaving us – let’s be honest – miserable.
WELL, I have discovered this amazing declutter method that helps.
And following these simple rules for living with less has made a BIG difference …
- Make do
- Make it last
- Borrow (and share)
- Take time to enjoy what we have
BUT I have also found these 7 super practical tricks really, really, really help keep clutter out.
Give them a try … and let me know how you get on.
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7 Tricks for Keeping Clutter Out
1. Write A Wish List Of Clutter Free Gifts
Christmas and birthdays are a big reason we all have so much aren’t they?
Especially our kids.
But do you know what?
There are loads of ways for family and friends to be generous AND help us keep clutter out.
There are amazing dream trips and experiences out there: sky diving, hot air balloons, rally driving and more.
BUT also simple, cheaper treats like ice cream, cinema and pizza vouchers that kids love.
And with things like theatre tokens and travel vouchers, friends and family can make a contribution to a big ticket that would be too much to ask from one person.
In the last year we had awesome mini-breaks to Amsterdam and Paris. AND saw the new Harry Potter play. And did it all with vouchers we’d been gifted.
SO before you do anything else, write a clutter free gift list.
You can borrow mine here – it’s got over 100 clutter free ideas.
And SHARE it with anyone who’s going to be buying gifts for you or the kiddywinkles.
2. Listen to Audio Books
OK, so my second tip to keep clutter out is listen to audio books.
Hmmm. A bit obvious?
Yes. BUT no!
Because great audio books keep clutter – and NOT just books! – out in really surprising ways.
Honestly, they have been life changing for us!
Listening to our Roald Dahl faves – or other award winning greats – in the background, we have played far more and far longer with the toys we already have.
Rediscovering them. And learning to enjoy and value them again.
And that’s key. BECAUSE if we value what we have, we don’t want more!
We’ve enjoyed listening so much – all of us – that we’ve got ourselves an Audible subscription.
It gives us a new – clutter free – digital audio book every month.
And seriously has been worth every penny.
For the joy it has bought AND the clutter it has keep out.
If you’re interested you can trial Audible for free.
3. Indulge Yourself … Digitally!
Now. Being more minimalist can all sound a big miserable, can’t it?
But keeping clutter out doesn’t have to be dull.
You just need to find ways to indulge your passion DIGITALLY.
If you love books get the free Kindle app on your phone.
If you love music get Spotify.
We use all of them lots.
They’ve stopped the constant clutter of new DVDs and books coming in.
AND motivated us to declutter our physical collections.
4. Start A Swap Shop
But obviously some stuff – tools, baking things, outdoor stuff & the like – will never be digital.
So the clever trick here is to stop buying and BORROW.
You can start your own share and borrow list with your neighbours or school parents.
Or on a local Facebook group.
Or just get the kids on your street to swap toys once a month.
The BIG thing is. Borrowing changes everyone’s MINDSET.
Our kids learn from the start off: we do NOT have to own things to enjoy them.
This mindset has been SO liberating for us: we need something, we borrow it, we give it back.
5. Love Your Library
And obviously, the easiest way to get borrowing is just to love your library.
There’s not just books. There’s movies, music and audio books.
And it’s easy now to use the library computers to track down and reserve the things you really want.
As kids we were in and out of the library every week.
And just had that borrowing – not buying – rhythm.
Rediscover it. AND pass it onto your kids.
6. Chuck Out Your Recipe Books
And talking about rhythm.
Another way to keep out clutter is to chuck our your recipe books!
Or at least lock them up for a month!
Because we all do it, don’t we?
Buy a whole load of fancy ingredients for recipes we convince ourselves we will cook.
And then don’t.
Getting into a rhythm of cooking super simple meals the whole family love AND I know off by heart, has cut our food spend – and waste! – enormously.
AND that means LESS clutter in the kitchen!
7. Pay More For Less!
Finally, my last clever trick to keep clutter out.
And that’s pay more for less!
Now this one sounds NUTS – I know – but I am telling you it is brilliant!
Because we’re all in this crazy cycle of buying stuff we don’t want or need, that’s made in pretty dodgy conditions for anything but a fair wage and then schlepped half way round the world to us, polluting the planet as it goes!
So we’re all exploiting workers in other countries AND destroying good making jobs in our own countries AND hurting the planet for a whole heap of cr*p to clutter up our homes and make us unbelievably miserable and depressed!!!
How totally BONKERS is that!!!???
BUT there IS a way out.
The next time you buy clothes or toys BUY something brilliant. AND pay for it.
Hunt down the fairtrade and the organic and the ethically made stuff.
And if you’re a Brit buy BRITISH! And if you’re an American buy MADE IN THE USA!
It slashes transport pollution. AND brings back the skilled jobs our countries need.
Even if you can’t find stuff in your local shops you can find Fairtrade stuff on Amazon.
I LOVE both!
They’re a brilliant way to keep clutter out by spending a bit more on a lot less.
AND helping the world while we’re at it.
Which has got to be a good thing. Hasn’t it?
So there you go! 7 clever tricks to keep clutter out.
I SO hope they help. Do save thepost for later …
… and come back and let me know how you get on.
AND for even more simple declutter tips sign up for newsletter and check out these posts …
- 250 things you will be happier without
- Declutter your whole home in 30 minutes a week
- 4 rules for living with less
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