Exercise your decluttering muscles
Our intrepid reporter (well project manager really) Miriam decided to kick off Pass it on Week in style by attending a decluttering workshop run by Here’s what she found;and – hoping to pick up some top tips from the professionals.
Decluttering sounds simple, but many of us have tried and failed for a number of reasons. But as Kate pointed out – decluttering is like a muscle. When you first start, it can hurt a bit, but the more you practice, the easier it gets. We get emotionally attached to items, or think we may need them one day so we’ll just hang on to them. We’re also under constant pressure from the advertisers who try to convince us that we’ll be happier/more attractive/more popular if we buy their product. It’s all too easy to actually lose touch with what really makes us happy.
So here are my top 5 tips from Kate’s workshop;
1) Don’t try to declutter your whole home at once. Make a plan and list your top ‘clutter hotspots’ in your home and then prioritise them. Choose areas where you will see the benefits quickly and more easily at first to motivate yourself to continue.
2) Once you’ve identified what you can get rid of, decide where those items can go e.g. the charity shop, ebay, freecycle etc.
3) If you decide to sell something, give yourself a time limit. If it hasn’t sold by that date, donate it (that one was particularly pertinent to me – I am still trying to sell an unwanted Christmas present from December 2017, but no one wants it – time to admit defeat and take it to the charity shop).
4) If you can’t bear to throw something out for sentimental reasons, can you repurpose it. Kate showed us some lovely cushions and a teddy that she’d made out of an old jumper and baby clothes (see below). A lovely way to keep hold of treasured possessions, but make them useful.
5) As well as decluttering what you have now, think carefully before you buy anything. Do you really need it? Could you buy it second hand? Could you spend a bit more but buy a really top quality item that will last a long time?
So, I’m off to start on my decluttering plan. If you’re feeling inspired and want to find out more, here are some sources of information we discussed during the workshop;
- run lots of workshops and have ‘Give Boxes’ around Dundee where you can donate items
- Kate mentioned a book “ ”
- Obviously you can’t have a decluttering workshop without mentioning
- The ‘ website is about encouraging people to buy quality items that will last. And its founder has written a book called “ ”
- Someone recommended Channel 4’s “ ” where a number of people had all their possessions (including clothes) removed for 21 days and they could choose 1 item per day to get back. A really interesting experiment bearing in mind that the average person has 1,000 items – so it really focusses the mind on what is essential and what makes you happy. And it was a truly life-changing experience for some of them.
- And lastly (and I haven’t watched this one so don’t know how good it is), another recommendation was a Netflix show called “ ”.
So, do get involved in #TheBigDeclutter – there are all sorts of benefits we identified as a group from general wellbeing, to making it easier to find things, to helping you understand what really makes you happy, to helping others in need by donating your items and even earning or saving you money. What are you waiting for?