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SS: Sunday Saves (#89) Decluttering.

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Good morning all, happy Sunday and welcome back to another edition of Sunday Saves. If you haven’t been following me on Twitter, you won’t know that I have started on a clear out of my spare room which means decluttering is in full swing. That’s why I have decided to make decluttering this week’s topic because I couldn’t pass up the opportunity, right?

1) I Don’t Bend That Way (Is Decluttering The Key To A Stress Free Life?)

Your environment plays a large role in your mood; if your bedroom is filled with clutter then you won’t be able to shut off at night, or at least that’s what they say. Anne has also indicated that decluttering could potentially decrease your stress and it all adds up when you really think about it. She gives three very simple tips on how to get started and one of her tips is even “where to start” because when you have one room in particular like I do, it can be overwhelming and you haven’t a clue where to begin that process,

2) Ann Marie O’Connor (These Four Tips Will Guarantee A Clutter Free Closet)

Anne Marie is coming from a different angle in her post where she discusses not so much the cleaning and decluttering aspect of this world, but she gives four tips on how to help with it. These include how avoid distractions which if you get distracted easily especially when trying to clean, you’ll want to give that a read.

3) Live Your Decluttered Life (9 Simple Strategies for Decluttering Your Family Home)

Now to give you a warning, these next two posts from Suzie and Rebecca could be seen as quite similar posts and while there are tips that overlap, there are lots of fresh ones too. More specifically as we talk about Suzie’s post, she is coming at this from the family home perspective. Now, while I don’t have children, sometimes you would think I do with the amount of time I spend trying to clean the place, despite only living her with my cat. Some of her tips include decluttering in small pieces (which I’m guilty for not doing and trying to tackle all at once), start with the broken toys (or any home interiors that you feel you couldn’t put out on display in my case) and choose a category each time (which is the most helpful for me because when it comes to writing a list, categories are the most effective way to help me understand which part to start next).

4) Savvy Sassy Moms (12 Simple Tips For Decluttering Your Home)

Again very much like Suzie’s post, Rebecca is talking about the family home but I wanted to include it because it has a lot of great, helpful tips that I know that I didn’t think about before. Included in some of her tips are check the dates (which didn’t occur to me when I wasn’t throwing out food but I’ve started to look at beauty products for this too) and five minutes a day which sounds absolutely perfect to me. I am guilty of saying that I don’t have enough time but we all have at least five minutes where we can spend tidying in some space or form. Getting the kids involved is another tip that both Suzie and Rebecca suggested and while I don’t have kids (yet) I believe it’s important in getting them involved as early as you can because it will teach them a set of skills that they may not learn in the classroom but will be completely invaluable as they’re growing up and starting their own lives in their own homes in the future.

5) Nourish and Nestle (Where To Take Your Decluttering Discards)

I thought it would be quite apt to finish off with Lynn’s post on where to discard our rubbish, if it is recyclable. Many of us try our best with recycling and it’s absolutely fantastic but sometimes there are too many options so Lynn has helped gather it into one post so we don’t feel so overwhelmed. I can tell you that charity shops will be benefiting majorly on my behalf from my declutter.

Well that’s all from this week’s Sunday Saves, I hope you enjoyed this week’s edition and remember to give all the links a little click to share the love. If you have any other suggestions around this topic, please let me know on either Twitter or Instagram. Have a great week!

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SS: Sunday Saves (#82)

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Good morning, good afternoon or good evening all, and welcome back to another edition of my Sunday Saves. As you know from last week’s post, I decided to make a few changes to the series and I got quite positive feedback from it which I’m over the moon about, so thank you if you are a reader of the series. 

This week’s theme is minimalism. For the last number of months, I’ve been thinking of decluttering, minimising and becoming more of a conscious buyer so it’s a subject that I am very interested in at the minute. I asked on Twitter during the week for minimalism blog recommendations, so I’ll link the tweet here so you can go and see the other recommendations.

1) No Side Bar (7 Ways To Make This Year More Mindful)

Coming off the back of last week’s post about New Years Resolutions, I thought this would be quite a nice one to start off this week’s post with. Melani talks about being mindful and no, it’s not all sitting for three hours a day in silence, it’s so much more. Having a daily practice, even if that’s waking up at the same time every morning and having a cup of tea or taking time out first thing in the morning to meditate for five or ten minutes. Another tip is connecting people who are like-minded individuals so whether that’s online or finding a new group for a hobby that you have; because they always say you become most like the five people you surround yourself with, and you want to be the best version of yourself, right?

2) Break The Twitch (10 Minimalism Tips To Kickstart Your Decluttering)

Anthony’s post is needed for anyone either beginning their minimalism journey or simply someone trying to have a New Year clean (or an early Spring Clean?) because I think we can all admit that any type of decluttering can be very overwhelming. Starting small, moving on to something else if you get stuck and realising that this process won’t take one night or one weekend, are a number of the important tips that Anthony gives and it’s a must read for everyone and anyone no matter what type of cleaning you are doing.

3) The Tiny Life (Organizing Versus Decluttering)

Do you know what the difference between organising and decluttering is? Amanda has a short post on what she used to do and how she soon realised that what she was doing as organising and not decluttering. She said “this experience taught me that decluttering should always come before organizing” and I couldn’t agree more.

4) Less Feels Better (I Wore The Same Pants For 3 Months And No One Noticed)

I found Brianna’s post quite surprising to read; if you read the title, especially being a woman, it’s often us who are called out for wearing the same clothes over and over again, whereas it doesn’t seem to happen that often to men. I know the well known day-time talk show “Loose Women”, one of their presenters wore the same shirt each time she was on and she eventually had to address it whereas there was a news programme where the male presenter of this particular programme done the same thing with a suit, and no-one noticed. Brianna talks about her experience of only wearing the same pair of trousers three times a week, and it’s a very interesting insight. In my personal opinion, this technique wouldn’t be for me, I would like to own a few extra pair of trousers, only because I don’t have a tumble dryer and I would have to wait ages for them to dry naturally or over a radiator. I love this quote from Brianna, “it just shows you that people don’t notice things nearly as much as we think they will.”

5) Minimalism Life (Why I Love Saying No)

Saying “yes” seems to be one of the new trends to make us seem more appealing as people, to make us seem more fun and to give us more opportunities but Thomas is saying no. He’s simply saying no for a simpler life and I believe it’s an approach a lot of us should take. Doing everything all of the time, helping everyone out all of the time and being available all of the time is exhausting and stressful. His approach to saying no doesn’t necessarily mean you need to be a minimalist, it should be something we all take into consideration no matter where in life we are. He doesn’t just mean physical opportunities either; we could say no to spending less time on our phone, less time spent pondering over what someone said about you that you’re still thinking about. He’s teaching us to be more aware of what we REALLY spend our time on.

I hope you enjoyed today’s chosen posts, I like that there are very different topics but are still under the same umbrella of the subject of minimalism. It’s something I believe we should all be incorporating into our own lives, even with baby steps so make sure you go and click on today’s posts, leave them a comment or two or tweet me over on @RetroSnowflake with some feedback (Good or bad of course, just be nice about it if it is bad!)