It should either be of great use or of great beauty
|my mantlepiece is a carefully curated display of things that have meaning to me... like the bunny, a memento from my trip to Queenstown, and the photo of The White Tower in Thessaloniki, my mum's home town|
If you haven't used something in six months, you never will. Edit and re-edit your belongings like a curator with a tight budget until you possess only utility and/or beauty.
Storage is the crack of the 21st century consumer
Whatever possessions don't fall into either of the two categories above should be donated or sold. Storing them will only end in the need to reorganise later, again and again.
Consolidate & Multi-task
|photo by wolfgang stahr|
Do you really need 20 kitchen towels and 5 mixing spoons? I drink water from wine glasses and use a recycled wooden crate as a side table and foot stool.
Clear the floors
|photo by emily beetleshack|
Besides essential furniture, your floors should be completely clear. Cluttered floors are like clogged bowels.
Clear the benchtops
|see more of this house here|
Only keep the bare essentials, those used daily, on top. This creates a serene landscape. Cluttered benchtops are akin to indigestion.
Re-prioritise your time
|by it's beautiful here|
Once the decluttering process is complete and you've ceased cleaning stuff you don't like and buying things you don't need, leisure time will reappear. Use it wisely. Rediscover hobbies, hang out with friends and family more. Go see the world around you.