11 Feb 2018

Choosing Simplicity: Decluttering Your Space and Mind

If you've been reading some of my recent posts you'd know that I've been downsizing and decluttering my beauty collection, wardrobe and just everything in general. One of the reasons is because I'm moving house in the next few months but the other main reason is because I've really been inspired to channel a more simplistic and minimal approach to life.

It's nice to have a lot of things but sometimes it does get really overwhelming. I found that I was losing track of what I had because of the volume of products, clothing, stationary etc that I have collected over the years. Since my environment was feeling messy and cluttered, I also felt like this reflected onto my mind. I just felt like I needed to spring clean my entire life. The things I owned but also my mind, body and soul.

I thought I'd share how I'm channelling a more simple way of life and how I would like to develop this into the future - and of course, how you can pick up a few habits along the way too!

First of all, you need to have the motivation and inspiration to begin to live this lifestyle. It's not something that you can just do once a year as part of your New Years Resolutions. Minimal living and a simplistic lifestyle is something you have to commit to if you want to get it right.

I'm definitely not saying that I have hit the nail on the head when it comes to living in a minimal and simple way, but I'm definitely looking to achieve that by doing and practicing a couple of little things everyday. I definitely have the drive and motivation to want to do this. I just need to actually do it and do it consistently.

I mentioned earlier that I'm moving house within the coming months and that is one of the main reasons I feel like I need to downsize and declutter my belongings. A fresh start like moving house, a New Year, a new job... anything like that is a great opportunity to get motivated to live a simpler lifestyle, in term of physical belongings.

I like organising so sorting out my stuff isn't a problem. However, I do admit that I am a hoarder. I love keeping things and I find it hard to let go of certain items (please tell me someone else can relate to this?!)

Solution = Read The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying by Marie Kondo. I'm sure you've heard what this book is about since it is a blogger staple, however if you don't.. allow me to explain. It literally is a book about how to clean your physical space and can easily apply to your mental headspace too. I have yet to get through the entire book but what I've read so far is very motivational, inspiring and just interesting.

The writer, Marie Kondo, is a professional advisor for all things tidying. In Japanese culture housekeeping, cleanliness and concepts such as feng shui are huge and those elements are tied into the notions and techniques shared in this book. Included are various methods to clean, declutter and simplify your things (and thoughts!).

The whole idea of the book is so interesting and although I won't be applying certain elements to my day-to-day life (because it is a bit over the top for my liking) I will be making a conscious effort to practice a couple of the theories. I suggest you give it a read, trial some methods and see what works for you too!

Imagine having your bare-necessities with you and how much easier it would make your everyday life. Your absolute favourite beauty products, the clothes you wear all the time, the things you use everyday and aren't just sitting in a drawer for dust to collect. That's my aim. I want to be able to have a small amount of products, clothes and other belongings that will get me through the day comfortably and obviously using less space and effort but they are all things I absolutely LOVE.

Getting rid of unnecessary things will free up space for your mind, body and soul to breathe. You will have so much less tension, stress and thoughts about these things that aren't even needed in your life. You can so easily apply this mindset to things that aren't your physical belongings. Toxic people, a job you hate, a course you don't enjoy... whatever is causing you to have unwanted negative emotions, you have the ability to cut it out of your life, you are in control!

I can't wait to start this simpler lifestyle full-time and on a more permanent basis. I'm slowly easing my way into things because I must admit it is quite difficult to just change overnight, however I feel like I'm already getting somewhere and I have high hopes for the future.


Are you into 'minimal living' or are you doing any of these things to have a more simplistic approach to life?


  1. I really need to try a hand at decluttering and just living for each day, sounds so ideal! x

    1. It really does!! Easier said than done but I'm hoping to get there :) x

  2. Decluttering is an awesome feeling. I love starting fresh and cleaning out all the unneeded clutter.

  3. This is such a great post. Decluttering is one of my favourite things. I live a very minimalist lifestyle and I love it!

    Danielle xx

    1. Ah that sounds perfect! Definitely something I need to get onboard with more :) xx

  4. Nothing like moving house to give you an excuse to get rid of things! When I moved last year I had bags and bags of clothes, it was a little alarming, haha.

    Anyway, I'm new to your blog - you have some really good content. Looking forward to reading more! x

    Sneha | lifewithsneha.com

    1. Hahaha, I expect no less from me too, Sneha! Thanks for popping by :) xx


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