7.22.2017

D E C L U T T E R

Hey guys, how's your Saturday going? Mine has been pretty quiet so far and I'm loving it. I've been watching a lot of Youtube videos on minimalism lately and while I'm not aspiring to be a minimalist (never say never though), I've become inspired to cut back on the things I own. 

Watching these videos opened my eyes to the fact that I've got a lot of stuff that I never actually use. They just take up space in my room and make me stressed out as I don't like the clutter. So, I've been decluttering lately and it's been really great. There are a few tips and tricks on decluttering that I've acquired over the past couple of weeks so I just thought I would share them with you. 

Six Month Clothing Rule
I sort out my closet regularly as I can't stand for it to not be neat but I rarely ever get rid of stuff unless I really hate the item of clothing. I tend to get attached to my clothes, some of them have sentimental value you know? 
Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

The six-month rule simply states that you should toss any item of clothing you haven't worn in the last six months. If we're really being honest, if you haven't worn something in the last six months to one year, what are the chances that you'll wear it in future? Obviously, there are certain exceptions. You might keep some things due to a memory attached to it or because it's from someone special. And traditional clothes (like iro and buba) might not be worn regularly. It all depends on you really.

I cleared out some of my clothes yesterday and it was so tough haha. There are loads of things I haven't worn in two years and know deep down that I'll probably never wear them but I couldn't just bear to part with them. Ah well, I had to put on my big girl pants and just take them out.Well, most of them. There are some things I can't part with just yet.In case you're wondering what I did with them, I donated them to a charity shop. You can always do that, give them to someone you know (I saved some stuff for my sister) or even sell them on sites like Depop.

Use up something before buying a new one.
This tip could also double up as a money saving one. Now this one seems pretty obvious, why would anyone buy something when they know they've got something similar to it at home? Well, I don't know about you but I'm guilty of doing this sometimes especially when it comes to makeup and skincare. It's never intentional but it still always happens lol. At the moment, I've got four different facial cleansers and the fact that I have to finish all four of them really stresses me out. I'm bored with them and I want to try something new but why should I buy a new one right now? They work perfectly.


In all the tips I've learned, this is probably the one that I'm adhering to the most. When you have duplicates of the same/ similar products, it takes up your space unnecessarily. And if you don't get round to using said item by a certain time (depending on what it is), it might expire and you've simply wasted your money and I'm sure you do not want that. 

So remember, use up what you've got before you get a new one.I know it's really hard especially when it comes to makeup but I'm pretty certain not a lot of people need to have six gold highlighters at the same time.  And yes, I'm also talking to my ladies out there that have three different lipsticks all in the same shade. I see you!

Unfollow/Mute Toxic People
While the two points above have to do with material things, this is more of a mental/emotional one. I like Twitter a lot, I don't tweet very often but I like to read other people's tweets and retweet stuff. Sometimes, I read things that piss me off and I get really mad. It could be a misogynistic comment or something unnecessarily cruel. Twitter is supposed to be relaxing for me so I don't like the fact that sometimes I get riled up from reading some tweets. So I simply unfollow the person or if I don't want to do that, I mute you so that your tweets don't come up on my timeline.

Life is too short to let toxic people on social media get to you all the time. Obviously, you cannot avoid this completely but if there's a  certain person on your feed whose comments irritate you then why not just unfollow/block/mute? Look at it as decluttering your online space as you would your actual home. I understand that this isn't always possible though.

Whilst my room isn't as simple as I want it to be, it does have less clutter and I really like how it's looking at the moment. For some reason, it makes me happy. I hope this post has been helpful to you in some way, even if it's just a reminder for you to sort out your closet or makeup 😄 
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  1. I´m really trying to stick to the using up a product before getting a new one rule, but I definitely have a long way to go. I normally get very excited with new launches and by the products just for the sake of trying it out. Great post!

    Vanessa x | www.springlilies.com

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    1. Haha I know how that feels, it seems like a new skincare/product is released every day and it's always so tempting to try! Thanks for reading Vanessa :)

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  2. Great post and a reminder for me. I've been trying to declutter for a while but the thought of it is pretty overwhelming. But. One step at a time.

    And yes. Filtering social media followers is so important. If we can be picky with our real life friends, why is social media an exception?

    Ufuoma
    www.theufuoma.com
    travel lifestyle passion

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    1. I know right, we should be picky with our social media friends as well. Thanks for stopping by Ufuoma! <3

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  3. I love decluttering - I do it regularly. It makes me feel better about what is in the house.
    And I give stuff away to charity.
    I have to say I have an issue using something all up before I get something else.
    Especially since I have a beauty blog.
    There are things that I love and stick to and use up.
    Like my shampoo and conditioner. Body wash (sorbelene) and cleanser.
    I think I have found a good moisturiser so I can stop searching for one.
    BUT I love trying new stuff too much!
    Plus my readers love it when I listen to them and do reviews on stuff.
    ahhhh. you are right though.
    I will try and finish stuff before I buy more..
    Kiri
    Set to Glow
    http://www.settoglow.com.au

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    1. I can totally relate Kiri. Having a blog where you talk about beauty, it can be difficult to stick to just one product as trying new ones is always so tempting. Maybe restricting how many you purchase in a certain time frame?
      Anyways thank you for stopping by Kiri :)

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  4. Here here for declutter in life and the closet. I always find I need to do that to create space.
    xo
    S
    The Grey Canvas

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  5. I find it difficult to declutter when it comes to clothes. I'm a bit on the plus side so I find it difficult to find clothes that hide all the fat in the unnecessary places. And when I do find the right clothes, I became so attached to them.

    But when it comes to people on social media, the unfollow and block buttons are my best friends. Block that b*tch!!
    Whu toxic people don epp?

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    1. Gosh I actually love you Shola! Thanks for reading and commenting :)

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  6. I live and breathe by the 6 month rule! Otherwise my entire closet feels like it's overflowing!
    xo
    Siffat
    http://icingandglitter.com

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    1. Haha, glad you agree Siffat. Thanks for reading! <3

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  7. I am so bad at wardrobe decluttering... I know it's long overdue and I normally like the end result, but I can't bring myself to do it as often as I should :( I am good with the makeup and toxic people tho, let space for the good vibes! Happy week ahead, girl

    Saida | She talks Glam

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    1. Wardrobe decluttering can feel so long at times, I get you. But as you said, the end result is always nice. Yass to positive vibes, thanks for reading Saida! xx

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  8. I think I need to give the 6-month rule a try! I've tried clearing out my closet several times, and I have minimised it, but there's still a lot more I should be getting rid of! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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    1. You should definitely try it, I think it works well! Thanks for reading Audrey :)

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  9. I love decluttering! I kind of obsessed with it! These are great tips doll xx

    http://www.thatnewdress.com

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    1. I think I'm a little obsessed as well haha, thanks Dominique! xx

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  10. I really should follow the 6 month rule thing. God help me sha

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    1. It's really helpful, good luck with it and thanks for reading! xx

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  11. I'm the type of person that always looks for what to throw out every time I arrange, so I never really hoard things. Less things make the place look a lot more arranged. Trying not to throw all my stuff out though. Lol
    Useful post.

    www.girleccentric.wordpress.com

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    1. Haha seems like you're on the opposite end of the spectrum. Thanks for reading Favour. Mwah! <3

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  12. I'm currently declutter if as well! You won't even believe how much stuff I have that I don't really need! There's a book I'm currently reading about decluttering and tidying. (Forgot the full title). It's so good! I'll recommend if you need more inspo.

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    1. Ooh that sounds like a book I would be interested in , I'll message you so you can tell me the name. Thanks for stopping by Asake! xx

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