It ain’t heavy, but it’s still clutter…

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After a manic week I’ve not yet got round to the big wardrobe clear out,  we’re all human aren’t we? My last blog said it’s okay to say no to things sometimes so I’ll practice what I preach!

Having said that, I haven’t lost the spark for what I am trying to achieve here and I have plenty of other things to talk about. All is not lost, the suitcase for my little trip in June is coming out of the loft soon so maybe I can fit in a little wardrobe sort out whilst I start packing.

Did I mention I am going to Disney?… I am going to Disney! I can’t wait and one of the biggest achievements for this is that it’s all paid for, nothing on credit and the spending money for whilst I am there has even been saved up too.

Every Penny Counts

I have been following a clear budgeting plan for a couple of months now and I can’t believe what I have managed to achieve in that time. I have saved up for Disney and paid off a credit card that had been used to buy football season tickets. I would never have been able to do that before.

I have been using a website called EveryDollar, and basically you plan what you are doing with every single penny that comes in each month… then stick to it.

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The website shows transactions in Dollars, this isn’t a problem as I just treat the Dollar symbol as a Pound. The only negatives are that the app isn’t available in the UK and we aren’t able to access the website via mobile or tablet either. This restricts me to doing my budgeting each day on my lunch hour at work, or having to turn on the laptop at home. It is worth it but I am on the hunt for a UK equivalent as I am desperate for something like this as an app – to be able to track my entire budget on the go would be a complete lifesaver. I have already planned for every single penny in June, this includes saving up for things like new tyres for the car and my next holiday. Planning ahead is the key!

EveryDollar also gives tips on how to tackle any debt (using the snowball method) and plan long term for your entire life ahead if you wanted to take it that far.

It ain’t heavy, but it’s still clutter…

I am guilty as charged that the physical clear out of stuff has been on hold this week and this blog was published later than I wanted it to be. Sometimes I just feel tired… don’t we all?! I wanted to keep up the momentum though and I’ve tackled some digital mess instead. I think that in this day and age we can amount a mass of ‘digital clutter’ and personally I find it as overwhelming and stressful as physical clutter… it’s just a little bit easier to ignore, until you next log on at least!

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I managed to completely empty one of my email inboxes, that had over 1500 unread emails in it – gulp. As I was going through the mailbox I made sure to unsubscribe to all the pointless junk mail and I used the KonMari method to do this… can you guess how many email subscriptions sparked joy? – none, zero, zilch!! I have unsubscribed from them all. The mailbox is still empty now. I am not jumping up and down just yet though. This mailbox was my least used of two personal accounts I own, I have still got to tackle my main account but I will do it, and it will feel amazing.

Recharging my ‘Battery’

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The last of my accomplishments this week is that I now have a minimalist mobile phone. Don’t get me wrong, I still have apps, I couldn’t live without some of them these days but they are no longer screaming in my face every time I look at my phone. Reducing time spent on my phone has been a big thing for me lately and I will probably talk more about this at some point. I felt like as my battery was draining, the life was draining out of me alongside it! My main screen is now clear apart from my phone, messages, calendar and email icon… I love it and I chose a calming wallpaper to top it off nicely. If I want Facebook and so on, I have to look for it. It’s much less tempting this way.

 

I feel like I have touched the surface on quite a few topics this time, and I could go on and on about each of them easily. Maybe I could cover each in a separate blog.. now there’s an idea.

Little by Little

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I have decided to do a mini blog every now and again, sometimes things just come to me and I thought it would be nice to put them into writing rather than just letting them pass in the moment.

When did life get so complicated? When did we all have so much going on that our brains can’t keep up and we rely on a 4 inch screen to keep our lives in order? Take a step back, it’s okay to say no to things sometimes.

Rid It – Little by Little

3 things to get rid of right now:

  • Manuals – you know, for things like your TV, microwave and such. These can all be found online
  • Old Cables – the ones lying all around the house that you’re not even sure what they belong to. These can go… if you don’t know what they belong to, they haven’t served any purpose in a long time
  • Used Magazines & Newspapers – if you have these lying around because you think you ‘might’ refer back to an article or recipe at some point, it’s very likely you never will. Recycle them

It feels so much better to have less stuff. I’m still new to this and the feeling I get when I declutter something surprises me each time, it’s so refreshing! I am hoping I can show you a little clear out of my clothes in the next blog. I also want to touch more on the money side of things, how I have simplified this and what the rewards have been so far. Hopefully my next post will be this weekend…

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This is so dreamy!

Rid It And Reap, what is it all about?

hpMy blog name was chosen based on how I feel from just the tiny amount of decluttering I have completed so far. I genuinely feel like the weight of what I have got rid of has been lifted from my shoulders, I know that’s cliché. I am reaping happiness from not seeing clutter everywhere I look. I’m also reaping time – First is the physical time I save, it’s so much quicker to clean the spaces I have cleared out. Second is the time I would spend thinking about things I needed to do, how could I make my home look presentable if anyone stopped by unexpectedly (hide it all), where to keep stuff and things like that.

Rid It And Reap also comes into the money side of it too. I plan to go into more detail on my new budgeting techniques in the future but for now all I will say is – by having a firm plan in place I am now able to save ahead for things I want to buy or for future plans. There is a clear path for getting rid of any credit, I reap the rewards in the sense that there is less worry and I am saving more… I am ridding and reaping simultaneously when it comes to money and it feels fantastic.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying – Marie Kondo

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This book is part of how this all began, it’s an absolute game changer! I know I’m late to the party with it, after all it has already sold over 3 million copies, but whatever….

I’ll keep this bit brief as I highly recommend you read this book yourself. The gist of it is that you declutter your belongings in categories rather than working room by room. Once all of the items belonging to the category are in one place, you then choose the things you want to keep rather than choosing what to get rid of. You make the decision based on if the item sparks joy. I personally didn’t take this literally in all cases – I mean my frying pan doesn’t spark joy in my heart but the pancakes I can make in it would, so that’s a good enough reason for me! After you have gone through each item you then put the things that you kept away, this should be easier now that you are likely to own about half of what you originally started with. This way of tidying is called the KonMari method.

If you read my first instalment you may remember I mentioned a clear out of my make-up. I am true to my word and wanted to share with you how I got on. This is the second time I have used the KonMari method to declutter my make-up so there wasn’t too much to go through, in a way this makes it harder as I have already got rid of loads and the things I had left were the things I originally felt I wanted to keep.

Here goes…

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Before, Purged, After

I am over the moon with the finished result and it really didn’t even take long!

This Week’s Purge vs Splurge

Out the of door

  • 2 blushers
  • 6 eyeliners
  • 1 mascara
  • 1 eyeshadow palette
  • 1 eyelash curler
  • 2 cosmetic glues
  • 2 foundations
  • 4 lipsticks/gloss
  • 1 make-up mirror
  • 1 eyebrow pencil

Lovingly into my life

I am justifying this week’s splurge items by the fact that I am going to Disneyland Paris next month (woooooohooooo), hence the Disney Tees and I needed new clothes.

Clothes are something I still need to work on when it comes to decluttering and I don’t really know ‘my style’… this means I am not comfortable in saving up for more expensive quality items just yet. I worry I’d feel they didn’t suit me a week down the line and never wear them again. I do try to stay mindful of what I am buying though, which means I am a nightmare to shop with – just ask my Mum. I very much get in to my head exactly what I want and then it’s simple,  I either don’t stop until I find it or I leave empty handed until another time.

I might do a little wardrobe purge next week, then I can share with you some pictures and show you my new stuff too.

The week has felt very productive so this little blogging hobby has kept me motivated. Long may it continue!

Something clicked, but this time it wasn’t my mouse making yet another online purchase…

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I need to MAKE-UP my mind what to keep

Here I am writing my first ever blog post, wondering how it all works and what might happen next.

I am compelled to write because I’m almost certain that others are going through a similar experience to the topic I have chosen. I was led to that assumption by a Facebook page I set up back in the day, its title was ‘When I have money there’s nothing to buy, when I don’t there’s EVERYTHING!’  – the page went viral based on that title alone.

Fed up of never having any money and feeling like I was drowning in my own possessions. I have literally ‘spent’ years shopping,  accumulating a mass of belongings –  many of which are filled with regret after their only benefit being that five minute buzz at the checkout!

Something clicked, but this time it wasn’t my mouse making yet another online purchase. I realised that the thrill of buying, what I now can only describe as stuff, was massively outweighed by how I felt afterwards. I would sit surrounded by things that had no place in my home, by this I mean I literally had nowhere to put the items I was buying. For me, a cluttered space leads to a cluttered mind and I could never relax in my own home. Second to the issue of my untidy home came untidy finances, hand in hand together these issues were causing me great stress and probably a few sleepless nights. I would constantly try to declutter and tidy and I’ve also tried many times to save money. I never seemed to get anywhere with either, most likely because there was a constant stream of online shopping parcels entering my home after silly spending.

I only saw the light on all of this a few months ago, and after years of splurging and purging I am hoping this realisation means that I now know what I need to do to break the cycle. I thought that by writing about this journey it might help to keep me on track, and if this helps others at any point along the way, that’s even better!

To give an idea of what I will most likely be writing about, my plan is…

  • Clear out – I’m on a massive decluttering mission, I have started this part already and I’m excited to continue it
  • Budgeting finances – I began this a couple of months ago and it’s work in progress, it’s going quite well but it’s a shame I can’t stick to a budget when it comes to calories
  • Saving up – something that has always been a struggle
  • Aims/Aspirations – what I’d like my home to look like & things I want to save up for
  • Quality over Quantity – now for the fun part… clearly I love shopping & I’m no minimalist (yet!!). I still want to buy things, from now on I want to save up for good quality items but own less overall

Basically I need to simplify things (hence the logo for this blog right now) and reduce the amount of stuff I own. I need to take control of my finances, pay off any debts and going forward I need to save up for things I want then buy quality items that will last. This all sounds so easy on paper.

I’m sure other topics will crop up along the way. Thank you to anyone out there that finds time to read this, it would be amazing to hear from you and I’d love it so much if you have any tips or ideas you want to share. On I go with it all… I think this weeks job will be clearing out more of my make-up, wish me luck!