Touching on Clutter

 

I've spent a bit of time (not enough) reading about Feng Shui. Some is common sense. People are influenced in a positive and negative way by layout, shape, design and orientation of their homes - we know that!

SOo with this in mind - how's the clutter at your place? Clutter can make you feel unorganised, messed up and hinder the flow of thought (yes it can) 

We all have 'stuff' we don't use, don't like, don't wear, don't need, don't - don't. And there's all these rules about when to get rid of stuff. The one I really love is 'if you haven't worn it seen the 90's chuck it out'! easy! I can follow that rule! 

So to add to the above 'rule' here are some decorating 'chuck out' tips....

2. Get rid of old books. Pass them on to the local hospital, hostel, give them to the local school for the next fete and charity shops will always accept a decent looking book. The smelly ones with yellowed edges can be shredded & added to compost - why not! 

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Image via unmass.edu

3. Pass on those too small t-shirts, old footy jumpers & hoodies that the kids have grown out of but you're still attached to. Not really a decorating tip but my son did nail his footy jumpers to his wall so I'm including them here. I have many T's in a pile to be given to a smaller (or slimmer) 13 year old.

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Image via deviantart.com

4. Electronic Stuff - ugh. Yes we all have it. We have lots coz I keep thinking the old land line phone will be a back up if the new land line phone carks it. Printers that are cheaper to replace than fix - what wastage. We have many wires, cords, chargers and heaps of travel adapters (someone buys one every time he goes overseas). So give some stuff to others or take it to the 'Recycle E-Waste' container at the tip. 

5. Tough one - the sentimental stuff. Old photos, cards, plane tickets, menus, postcards ..... mine are 'filled' in a large plastic tub. But really .... really .... most could be chucked (recycled of course). Keep the absolute treasures, scan some, bin the rest because you're never really gonna write that book

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Image via rookiemag.com

6.  Candles with the wick burnt off - just gotta go. Along with that wine bottle that you may have been using as a candle holder (no image needed)

7.  Family photos in dated frames. It's time to file some of those photos, update the frames on the 'keepers' and how about putting them in the hall or study. I'm sure you love your family but do you want them all over the house? Is that awful of me? OK what about doing something interesting with them ... see below ... now that's an idea ;)

There's so many reasons to de-clutter. But please try to give away as much as possible. Charity shops will take the moisturiser, perfume and soap that you don't like along with the microwave dish that you don't use because you've gone all 'herbal' and no longer nuke your food. Give it on , pass it on, re-love it, use it again - don't add to landfill.  

Now I need someone to explain to me why I need to 'gift-on' the 'never worn' shoes in  my cupboard. I think to myself "well one day i might want to wear mandarin coloured patent heels or black chunky strappy wedges - I might"!