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Declutter your home and declutter your life

Lots of exciting things have happened since I decluttered my home. By removing my life laundry I gained a whole new outlook, and for the first time in years, everything became clear. I apologise if that sounds a little cheesy, but it really has been a moment of clarity!

Minimalism and simple living are not about living uncomfortably for the sake of it, nor are they about white minimalist homes (although that’s my preference!). They’re about being grounded and grateful and breaking the habit of constantly wanting and buying more (which is better for the planet!).

Minimalism and simple living are about prioritising the good stuff and discarding all the things that don’t bring us happiness and joy. Creating a life that makes us feel grateful and content. So, today I’m sharing a few of the things I gained when I decluttered my home.

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1. Feeling lighter

I thought I’d start with a totally abstract benefit which I’m already struggling to put into words. I guess what I’m trying to convey is that I feel lighter and freer. Cupboards of clutter can weigh us down and excess baggage connects us to the past and can prevent us from moving forward. With the majority of my stuff gone, I feel clear about how I want to live. Every item in my home is something I use or love, each one facilitates my life and there’s nothing getting in the way. It’s an uplifting and energising feeling.

2. Less housework and maintenance

Less stuff means less housework, less time organising and tidying, less time looking for things and less time getting things repaired or replaced. This unlocks time to do more of the things I love. My man and I live in a small apartment which is inexpensive to heat and involves little maintenance. It’s cosy and we enjoy every inch of the space, not to mention a smaller household bills!

3. More time for family and friends

The increased time from owning and pursuing less means more time for family and friends.

4. Less focus on consumerism

I’ll always love nice things, however, I no longer have the desire to collect stuff or buy things I don’t need. In the past, I purchased far more than I ever needed or used. Since letting go, I really appreciate and enjoy the things I have left.

5. More freedom

Owning less has given me more time for day trips and holidays, it has also redefined my life values. I guess I’m now a collector of joyful moments rather than things.

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6. Healthier living with less stress

Having more time has encouraged me to improve my diet and get into the habit of regular exercise. I’ve always been someone who struggles to relax but living in a low maintenance home has encouraged me to put my feet up. I also have more time to read and at the end of 2014, I started a regular meditation practice using the Headspace iPhone app.

7. More space

My apartment feels bigger now the shelves, stuff and excess furniture have been removed. More space for entertaining my family and friends.

8. Less comparison

Living with less has helped me to think about the way I’d like to live, without the trappings of consumerism and constantly striving for more. I can live a slightly different life and make choices without worrying about what the Jones’s are up to! It’s a liberating feeling.

9. Less work

After buying very little, I realised I no longer needed to work as much. So, at the beginning of 2015, I began working part-time after twenty years of full-time work. The extra free-time enabled me to indulge in some creative projects which resulted in a flurry work offers. This enabled me to leave my job at the University of Oxford to work freelance – something I never considered was an option!

10. Doing some good

I decided to donate the majority of my stuff to Cancer Research, this benefited a charity I support and I was grateful my things were going to be re-used and not sent to landfill. With a simpler life, I plan to live more sustainably by buying less and being mindful of where and how things are made and packaged.

So, there you have it, the ten benefits I experienced when I decluttered my home. I fully understand that simple and minimalist living are not for everyone, but for me, it is the best lifestyle choice I’ve ever made. After all, who can argue with less work and more time?

Further reading

How to simplify your life
How to organise your schedule, surroundings and digital life
My decluttering tips
Ten ways I simplified my life

Thank you, as always, for stopping by. I hope you have a gorgeous day. Until next time, I’ll see you over on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

34 Comments

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    Eva 30th October 2015 at 10:02 am - Reply

    I like your credo ” less is more” and I think your new way of live is just great! more time to have fun and less to work at home, it’s a very clever choice! Have a simple and nice weekend! xoxo

    • Natasha
      Natasha 30th October 2015 at 10:05 am - Reply

      Thank you Eva, you too – have a great weekend!

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    Victoria 30th October 2015 at 10:10 am - Reply

    It’s amazing to see what a positive impact decluttering has had on you.

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend,

    Victoria x
    FlorenceandMary.com

    • Natasha
      Natasha 30th October 2015 at 10:38 am - Reply

      Thanks Victoria.. Enjoy your weekend!

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    Keri-Anne 30th October 2015 at 11:30 am - Reply

    Another fellow headspacer”er””. I love that app too!

    Last year, i tried to declutter. In the summer i just filled up so many bags of “stuff” and i did have this overwhelming feeling so peace and calm but then my love for vintage shops and charity shops caught up with me. I feel it is something i always do at the end of spring to make my whole house light and free and fresh. x

    • Natasha
      Natasha 30th October 2015 at 3:54 pm - Reply

      Thanks Keri-Anne. I never thought I would stop collecting, but the harsh decluttering process has made me never want to go back! You must do what you love + vintage/charity shopping is a lot of fun! See you soon.

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    Fritha Strickland 30th October 2015 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    love this! I desperately want to do this to our home and break the habit of finding vintage and unusual pieces in charity shops and taking them home to live with us. I also find it a loosing battle when it comes to having a kiddo (or two!) so I’m not sure now is the time for us to do it but I am slowly getting rid and getting better and it’s really helped me feel calmer! x

    • Natasha
      Natasha 30th October 2015 at 3:58 pm - Reply

      Thank you Fritha for stopping by. I can imagine it’s a much harder task with children! Have a great weekend.

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    Alice 30th October 2015 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    I love reading your experiences of living clutter-free. It’s something I’m working on myself in a BIG way (do I really need that notebook from my old job that I left in 2009? er, no) and working through the emotional attachments I have to ‘things’ has been enlightening. I still have a way to go (your space looks dreamy) but it’s encouraging to see how this has all made you feel!

    • Natasha
      Natasha 30th October 2015 at 5:40 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Alice, for your kind comment. For me it was a long journey. I still have sentimental items plus I’ll always buy stuff – it’s the volume that’s been reduced!

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    Lucy 30th October 2015 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    Great post. Love that you do mindfulness too! Your home looks really lovely and very un-cluttered! Inspired! :)

    • Natasha
      Natasha 31st October 2015 at 9:32 am - Reply

      Thank you, Lucy!

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    Janet Foot 30th October 2015 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    Am donating a coat to my sister and am not buying (much) at the moment. Like the idea of living with less and enjoying what I have. Shopping for more can become a bad habit. Self-discipline is much more satisfying.

    • Natasha
      Natasha 31st October 2015 at 9:33 am - Reply

      Thanks, Janet. That sounds good to me, let’s grab a cuppa soon!

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    daisy jones 31st October 2015 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    Hi Natasha

    I can perfectly understand and relate to every point you have mentioned. I am longing to be able to write the same things by the end of next year!
    Books are my problem I love them too much, how did you cope with not buying so many books (our library is dreadful and very small)
    best Ashley (aka daisy j 0 xx

    • Natasha
      Natasha 31st October 2015 at 1:14 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Ashley. To be honest, I’ve never had many books. My problem was my vintage collection and all the ‘what if I need it one day’ items. You should keep your books if you love and use them. :) Good luck with the declutter!

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    CraveCute 31st October 2015 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    I think we all go through this a bit… starting with nothing and building up ‘things’ until we are overwhelmed! … And then starting to clear away the clutter to make life easier. Sharing your journey is a perfect reminder of how ‘things’ can weigh us down literally and figuratively! I’m so glad you’re feeling light and lively now that you’ve donated most of your ‘things’! You’ve set a great example for all of us.

    • Natasha
      Natasha 31st October 2015 at 8:04 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for your kind comment. My journey began in 2011 when I moved from a three-bed house to a two-bed apartment. I don’t think I’ll ever collect again, downsizing was too much like hard work!

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    Alison 1st November 2015 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    Do you ever hire yourself out to de-clutter other people’s lives?! I am a massive hoarder and my to-do list always contains at least one room that needs to be de-cluttered. I can feel the clutter affected my mood, almost like it’s my brain that’s cluttered. I aspire to live like this!

    • Natasha
      Natasha 1st November 2015 at 2:58 pm - Reply

      Thanks Alison… I’ve been asked a few times – maybe be should!

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    Polly 1st November 2015 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    Love this! I had a HUGE declutter when we were moving house and it felt so good to get rid of stuff I don’t need/want. I’m much stricter now on what I have in my house – I’ve managed to stop buying all the quirky, vintage finds in the charity shops! Tricky to have a minimalist house with four kids… but I’m trying!

    • Natasha
      Natasha 1st November 2015 at 9:15 pm - Reply

      Thanks Polly.. ‘Minimalism with Four Kids’ – that would be a great name for a blog!

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    Kathryn 1st November 2015 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    I find your journey to minimalism so inspiring and I am definitely heading that way myself. The standout line for me was ‘I’ll always like nice things but I don’t feel the desire to collect things’ and I think that’s a big difference! Thanks for the tips xx

    • Natasha
      Natasha 1st November 2015 at 9:18 pm - Reply

      Thank you Kat.. Good luck with your minimalist journey and see you on Tuesday! :)

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    Lori 1st November 2015 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    Ok I’m loving the whole of this post as it’s exactly what i’m ebarking on and I’ve really been feeling the need to simplify everything. The headspace app sounds good and also I think clearing out the things that don’t give me joy is certainly my next step. x

    • Natasha
      Natasha 1st November 2015 at 9:19 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Lori, I can thoroughly recommend reading Marie Kondo’s book. Good luck!

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    Sue 2nd November 2015 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness I need to see these Kate Bush moves!!
    On a more serious note though I really must read this book- I wouldn’t say I have a problem but I think I do attach a sentimentality to some things which stops me from getting rid.

    Lovely to see (find!) you on Wed night xxx

    • Natasha
      Natasha 2nd November 2015 at 1:44 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Susie.. We’ll have to plan a night out and I’ll show you my Kate Bush moves! Great to see you on Wednesday – I look forward to catching up again soon. :)

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    Kate Davis 3rd November 2015 at 8:14 am - Reply

    This is a motivating post. I’ve started on a major declutter although I’ve lost momentum recently having been on holiday. I need to remember how much I’ve already cleared out because I no longer liked it or it was broken (2 bin bags of clothes and 2 boxes of books) and think how wonderful it would feel to have that replicated across the rest of the house.

    • Natasha
      Natasha 4th November 2015 at 11:45 am - Reply

      Thanks so much, Kate. It sounds like you’re doing well. It’s not an easy task, but it’s worth the effort – good luck!

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    Lia 3rd November 2015 at 11:47 am - Reply

    Lovely pictures, just stunning! I really need to de-clutter, but mainly the kids rooms. From out of nowhere they have become hoarders – totally unlike me or my husband! Some really good points here that i’ll be referencing back to & keeping in mind.

    • Natasha
      Natasha 4th November 2015 at 11:46 am - Reply

      Thanks for stopping by. Bless your children becoming hoarders – I was one too! ;)

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    Jane Battey 10th February 2016 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    I have only just found you and I owe you a HUGE thanks! I was made redundant recently and have been living under a storm cloud, unable to decide what I want to do in life and gradually hating myself more and more. On a particularly bad day I found your blog and read about de-cluttering. This immediately struck a cord with me and the next morning (yesterday) i de-cluttered my wardrobe and linen closet. 3 bin bags to charity and 4 to the tip! WOW what a feeling of enlightenment!!! I am carrying on today and plan to have my whole house done over the next week. I feel so much better thanks to your easy wisdom. xx

    • Natasha
      Natasha 11th February 2016 at 1:35 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Jane, for your kind comment. I’m sorry to hear about your redundancy but I’m pleased to hear a declutter is helping. Some of us need to shift the excess baggage to move forward. I wish you the very best of luck – it’s certainly worth the hard work!

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