HIT REFRESH IN 2017 Organisational experts Louisa Dyson and Helen Joy Butler share their top tips for getting your home, wardrobe and life into shape, writes Caitlyn Spanner. HELEN’S TIPS ON WHERE TO START YOUR HOLIDAY CLEAN: • The front door is a great place to start if you want to welcome new experiences and opportunities into your home and life. • You can create momentum by shifting the energy out from the centre of your house so that you are motivated to continue working through your whole home. • If you’re easily frustrated, start in the area of your home that’s causing you the most grief. • If you have low energy or are overwhelmed, try starting somewhere small. • Start anywhere! This is ideal for the procrastinator or perfectionist. HOW TO BE HEALTHIER, HAPPIER AND MORE ORGANISED, ACCORDING TO HELEN: • Have systems for everything, from when the washing gets done right through to when you open the mail. • Do things as you go (e.g. wash up while dinner cooks on the stove). • Constantly remove unneeded items and clutter from your home. • Get everyone you live with onboard to keep the home organised. • Think about what you need before you spend. • Slow down, pause, breathe. Your house doesn’t have to look like a show home. • Have one to-do list and use it. • Think ahead. This will help you see what’s urgent and what’s coming up, and help you see any potential clashes or changes you need to make to your schedule. • Connect with nature, create, move your body, daydream, meditate, do something you love, and show gratitude.
LOUISA’S WARDROBE DECLUTTERING TIPS: Clear a few hours in your diary to complete this task in full. You’ll need three bins or bags for the following piles: Donate, Ditch, Dry-clean. Create a space to pile up all the items that you want to keep and have vacuum bags or storage boxes on hand for any winter clothes. As you pull each item out of your wardrobe, ask yourself the following questions: Have I worn this recently? Have I worn it in the last two years? Do I have multiple/similar items of this style? Will this item last another season? Does it make me feel good? If you answer yes to the majority of the questions, then these items should either be going straight into storage for winter or they should be checked over to make sure they don’t need drycleaning/mending. If you answer no to the majority, then decide if the item is good enough to be donated to charity or if it should just be ditched. For any items you end up donating or ditching, make sure you keep a note of any wardrobe staples that you’ll need to replace in the future. (Did someone say shopping?) When putting your clothing back in your wardrobe, group similar items together and check on the condition of your hangers while you’re at it. To complete your decluttering, put the items to be donated and dry-cleaned straight into the car so they are ready to be dropped off. Put the ditch items straight into the bin. Label, seal and store the remaining items immediately so you aren’t left with any clutter or further tasks. READ MORE ONLINE
HELEN JOY BUTLER IS AN INTUITIVE PROFESSIONAL ORGANISER AND ELEMENTAL SPACE CLEARING® PRACTITIONER FROM BRISBANE WHO ADVISES THAT WE SHOULD ALL FIND SANCTUARY IN EVERYDAY LIFE.
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