Decluttering My Home & My Life

I have seen a lot of posts about decluttering over the last year or so, but haven’t really taken much notice of them. I mean, who needs more cleaning to do right? But over the last couple of months I have watched some YouTube videos by Katy from What Katy said. She basically deluttered her whole house room by room (a different video for each one). After this she said how she had felt a little lost in herself, but how sorting her house and life out had made her feel so much better. I was inspired.

decluttering my home and my life

Now, those of you that know me well will know how much I hate cleaning. Is it really something that anyone actually finds fun? But, I thought if I started this bit by bit then it might actually be achievable for me.

I started with my bedroom and wardrobe. My dressing table had become a dumping ground for so much stuff. Letters, magazines, clothes, make up and anything else I could fit on there. I hated it as I could never actually find what I wanted. I sorted all the paper work I had and put it into boxfiles and trays and stacked them on a shelf. Just doing this made a huge difference to how things looked.

The dressing table took me about 3 hours to sort. I got rid of a lot of make up and bits that I didn’t need. Then I took everything off the dressing table so I could give it a good clean. I even cleaned all my make up storage drawers. It looks so good now and it has stayed clean and clutter free since.

Here is the video I made about decluttering my bedroom and dressing table.

As well as this, I cleaned out my wardrobe. There were so many clothes in there that I haven’t worn for a long time. It was time for them to go.

Now I am doing the same in all the rooms in the house. Some of them don’t actually need much doing to them, but I want to do them all so that everything is easier to tidy. There is a lot I am throwing out or taking to the charity shop. I didn’t realise how much unnecessary stuff I had.

Having the house more organised is making me feel really good. I am not stressing about mess or where I am going to put stuff, it all has its place. It really is surprising me the great effect it has had on my mood.

So much so, that I have decided to kind of apply this to my life as well.

I have started wearing make up a lot more. Not just a bit of eyeshadow or mascara, I have been making my whole face up. This is something else that I picked up from Katy. It makes me feel good to do this, so I am making the time to do it. I have also been painting my nails more often, I am feeling very glam lol!

I am writing a list everyday of the things that I want to achieve and I am sticking to that too (well, for the most part). Being more organised has given me more time to do the things that I want to do.

I have also decided to have less time for other people’s drama. I will still be there for my friends when they need me, but any un necessary bulls**t I don’t want to know about.

If there is something or someone who I don’t need in my life anymore for whatever reason it is going. That might sound a bit harsh, but I want to be happy. I want my family to be happy. If things/people are dragging me down this won’t happen. It is time to live for me and my family!

Have you decided to declutter things at home? How did you feel after doing it?

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29 thoughts on “Decluttering My Home & My Life

  1. Our last house needed a serious de-clutter we had stuff on top of us especially in the dining area. Then we moved house and this one is literally twice the size of our old house and we found we needed to buy furniture and stuff to furnish it! Then we chuck all the stuff we don’t know what to do with in the garage! I’ll let you know how that works out for me in a few years :/ I love the idea of taking a bit more time for you that’s lovely. #KCACOLS

  2. I really need to do this! My house is a total mess in places. This has given me inspiration to crack on and get on with it! Great post x #kcacols

  3. i’ve just decluttered 53 years of married life for my mum after my dad died this summer to enable her to downsize from a 4 bed to a 2 bed, dad was a hoarder and i’ve still got one room and a shed to do, already sold, skipped, charity shop and arranged for auctioneers to collect things, i begged my dad for years not to leave me with all this to do. Am taking a break now for 3 weeks and have come home to Dubai to declutter and downsize ourselves from a 4 bed to a 2 bed, but that just means selling 2 sets of bedroom furniture #triumphanttales

  4. Katy has really inspired me too and I’ve been doing bits here and there. My desk was the first big overhaul, then my bedside table. Next up is the wardrobe!
    Thank you for joining #FamilyFunLinky x

  5. I want to have a good declutter before Christmas. I did my bedroom a few weeks a go and it feels so much better but I am yet to tackle the kids’ rooms. We have so much stuff we just don’t need!! I’m feeling inspired so maybe I’ll tackle a kid’s room this week! #KCACOLS

  6. I wish I had your strength! Im such a hoarder and cant help but love my clutter haha!
    Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back tomorrow.

  7. Ali, this is wonderful. And I think you’ll find yourself less susceptible to friend’s “drama” and other unnecessary chaos in your life when you’re decluttered. The order and serenity in your daily environment can’t help but spill over into all areas of your life. I follow the One In One Out Rule so that I never “need more storage.” A friend wanted to give me a tea set she no longer needed/wanted, and she knew my rule so asked me first. I weighed the decision, knowing if I took it I’d have to give up a similar group of items. So that’s what I did.

    1. I do feel so much better since starting to get rid of the things that I don’t really need. My bedroom has more space and looks better. I am moving onto the kitchen next. I aim to have as little as possible coming in.

  8. We’ve been doing a lot of decluttering too over the last couple of months. Started with our bedroom and we’ve just done the boys and gone through all the toys they don’t play with anymore. It takes so long to though doesn’t it? #KCACOLS

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