Do you need to be a minimalist to declutter?

I’ve been decluttering a lot recently. My home was rapidly becoming a place of clutter which was negatively impacting my mental health.

My home no longer felt like my safe space and began to add to the stress of daily life. Instead of walking through the front door and feeling ready to relax, I felt like I still had so much to do because my home was in chaos.

Enough was enough, I needed to do something about it!

This is when I discovered minimalism and decluttering. I’d watched hundreds (yes hundreds) of YouTube videos all about how owning less can improve your mental health and wellbeing. A repeated theme in as lot of the videos I watched was productivity and slow living. Those are two things that I value in my life too so I figured, why not become a minimalist?

Well, I’ll tell you why; I like stuff. I enjoy collecting things, especially books and plushes. I love having physical copy of photographs to flick through. I want to be surrounded by beautiful things.

So that ruled out being a minimalist for me.

But does that mean that I couldn’t embrace decluttering into my life? Absolutely not!

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How To Romanticise Your Home

Your home is your safe space. It’s a place where you can relax, refresh and rest. It’s also a place where you can socialise, prepare and plan. Honestly, your home is sort of your base, and it should be a place that you enjoy spending time in.

One of the best things you can do to your home is make it a place you want to be in. Fill your home with things that make you smile and places that make you feel glad to be alive.

We spend so much time in our homes so what better way for us to romanticise our lives than by making our homes feel special. So, here are some ways you can do just that.

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6 Creative Uses For Label Makers

Since buying a Dymo Label Maker, I’ve been feeling the need to label absolutely everything. At first I was just enjoying labelling everything with what they are but then I started to wonder if the Dymo label maker (or any label maker really) had more uses.

I love to get creative so when I started to think of uses for my label maker, I wanted to think of some ideas that weren’t just labeling things. Of course, labelling things will always but fun. But sometimes, you’ve just got to get creative and try some new things.

That’s how I came up with some creative uses for a label maker.

So, here’re some ways that you can great creative with a label maker…

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Is It Too Early To Start Planning For Christmas? I Think Not

I know what you’re thinking… it’s only September, why am I already chatting about Christmas..? Well my friends, Christmas is only 3 months away and whether you like it or not, it’ll be here before you know it.

Suddenly it’ll be December and you’ll be rushing around the shops trying to get those last minute gifts and worrying about whether or not you’ve got enough food and drinks. And that is exactly why I’ve decided that September is the perfect time to start planning for Christmas!

I love Christmas. I look forward to watching all the cosy Christmas films, singing cheesy songs, and eating so much food that you feel like you’ll burst. I know that it’s just one day of the year, but honestly, life is way too hard to not say “f**k it!” and have the greatest day ever.

In saying that, I know that Christmas can be a stressful and chaotic time of year, so let’s get planning now to make it easier..

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Why September Is The New January

Now, in late summer, it feels like a strange limbo. We set goals in the new year but so many of them have been forgotten. Our self care routines and healthy habits have been forgotten throughout the year.

Typically people see January as a fresh start. January is a time for setting goals and reassessing our lives. But I would say that September is a great time for that too.

September is the start of the academic year. Young people are gathering their stationery, readying their uniforms, and organising their planners. Even if you aren’t in education, you can’t help but get swept up in the fresh start of it all.

The back-to-school feeling that comes with September offers us a new opportunity to slow down and reassess. We can work out what got lost along the way and change whatever we need to.

Setting goals in September is a whole different thing. You know that you only have four months left until the year is over so you don’t have too much time before you start the new year and wonder what you did all of this one.

Luckily for us, September still has longer days with plenty of sun for us to enjoy. With the longer days, we have more time to live our lives purposefully and work on our goals. We get to enjoy the sunshine while reading or walking around the local park. This is the main difference for me when it comes to setting goals in September instead of (or as well as) January.

Days in January are short and dark. The night arrives too quickly and we find ourselves living more of the hygge lifestyle. But September days are longer and warmer. There’s more time in the days. Use this time to work on yourself and your goals.

September is the perfect time to work on you. Take some time to reflect and see how you’re feeling. If you’re burned out, then try to see if you can slow down or take a break. If you have goals or tasks that you want to complete, then take some small steps towards the end goal.

September is a new start and it’s time for you to work on making yourself happy.

No matter how your year has been so far, September is the perfect time to take a step back and a deep breath. You don’t need to wait until January to start again. September is the new January.

Make Your Sundays More Productive

We’ve all heard of the Monday Blues, but I feel like there needs to be a phrase for Sundays too.

Knowing that Monday is quickly approaching and you have to get back to work, school, college, or whatever else you have to do in the week can fill you with a ‘meh’ feeling.

It’s pretty easy to let a Sunday just go by without really doing anything. We didn’t do any work, we didn’t catch up on anything, and we didn’t even relax and recharge.

So how about we take back our Sundays? Let’s make them a day of productivity.

So, here are some ideas on how to be more productive on a Sunday..

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5 Minute Tasks To Boost Your Productivity

There’s plenty of moments in your life where you are doing nothing. I like to call these ‘in-between’ moments. These are the moments when you are ‘in-between’ other things.

We can waste a lot of time with our in-between moments without even realising.

A little way that you can notice how many in-between moments that you have is by tracking the minutes of your day. When I do this, I notice that I take 30 minutes a day just dancing around the room to music, 2 hours scrolling through Twitter, and at least 5 minutes a day waiting for the kettle to boil.

Sometimes we have in-between moments when we are putting off doing something. I could happily reorganise my bookshelves or organise my wardrobe by colour just to avoid responding to emails or tidying.

In our mind, we probably still class this as being productive and in some ways it is. However, there’s other things that we should be doing instead and deep down, we know that.

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5 Tips To Be More Organised And Productive

Productivity is not about doing more, it’s about effectiveness.

We have a limited amount of hours in a day. One they are gone, you can not get them back. The way that you spend your hours can be very important. That doesn’t mean that you need to stress out now though. It means that you should make a plan to get organised and productive so that you can spend your future hours more wisely.

You need to find a balance in life. Think of the yin and yang. You can only work so hard before you get burned out and you can only relax for too long before you feel sluggish. Finding balance in this is so important and it’s something that you will develop over time.

There’s a few different ways that you can build a productive system and you can start doing these things today. There’s no need to put things off anymore. Get started now.

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