Lady Beatrice enjoys London November sun -she is not at at all fond of clutter. Good afternoon! London is bitterly cold today, and my enthusiasm for the great outdoors and related pursuits is somewhat more restrained. I am busy arranging my social/work diary with indoor pursuits, decluttering the flat, nesting and preparing weekly menus. Decluttering is kind of a constant battle, but I am determined to get the better of it. Especially since Christmas is looming on the horizon and everyone brings more things IN. You know gifts, shopping and Christmas decorations. So unless a lot of things go OUT, there will be no room to breath, never mind do our yoga practices. Lady Beatrice detests clutter and she is always keen to help. (who is Lady Beatrice?) Everyone has their decluttering methods, but what works best for me is one drawer or cupboard at a time. And take everything out! Everything ! …and clean and then see what can be thrown away, recycled or given to charity. I find it takes little time, but a lot of motivation. It’s so satisfying when it’s done!
I especially like to keep surfaces clean of too many ‘decorative’ objects, (such a Victorian remnant, from the days when people used to employ parlour maids, whose role in life was to dust those ornaments!) These days, parlour maids are a little scarce, all I have is Lady Beatrice (the ‘kitten that hit the jackpot’ as my friends like to call her), running around and she most certainly prefers clear surfaces for all those jumps, she keeps practicing.
My aim as far as decorative items are concerned is minimum maintenance. A few nice plants and a couple of good paintings.
lady Sarah’s decluttering method
1. Allocate the space about to be decluttered a purpose. For example wardrobe is for clothes you wear, not for hiding random items. Drawers need to have a clear task: medicine drawer, candle drawer, cutlery drawer, gardening cupboard etc.( yes I know there is not enough room for everything.)
2. Take every thing out and clean using non- toxic cleaners. Wooden drawers could take a drop of aromatherapy oil as a finishing touch. ( oils will stain wood, so only use in inconspicuous places)
3. Put back the things you actually use, rather than too many just in case scenarios. Ideally things that are used most should be in accessible places; and those rarely used items stored away or given away.
4. Take a deep breath and eliminate the superfluous. Throw away unidentified items and recycle. Really good items that we no longer use, can go to charity, for a second chance in life.
5. Sit back and enjoy how much better that, drawer/room/house looks!
Beginner declutterers who find it all a bit overwhelming, could attend specialist, decluttering classes. These are run by the Queen of Decluttering, our dear Beth here. You can also download her fabulous decluttering calendar, if you are really enthusiastic. (She offers the calendar for free) So I must be getting on, still a few drawers to tackle, the entrance hall and the bathroom. If you are also involved in any de cluttering of your own, would love to hear about it. Before & after photos are good too. Catch up soon. Sent from my iPad More on interiors: here