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The best way to help the environment is to become a more conscious consumer.

When decluttering you home, there’s no avoiding the fact that some things may to go to landfill (as I always say to clients, don’t make your home the landfill) but at A Tidy Mind, we donate or recycle whatever we can and (most importantly) encourage conscious consumerism and buying reusable products in the future.

In my experience, most people do care about plastic pollution and do make an effort to recycle. This has to be balanced with other pressures that are upon us in the modern world. No-one needs guilt heaped on them when they already have a million and one things to think about – that will hardly give them the head-space they need to make some changes. Plus, making these micro changes will only go so far and it doesn’t get to the root of the problem.

However, the average household can usually significantly reduce their waste and here are some simple tips:

Switch to reusable products

Although recyclable paper straws are available as an alternative to plastic, the better swap is to metal ones which can be used indefinitely. Water and hot drink bottles can also be made from quality and long lasting materials and they feel and look better too.

Invest in a water filter

Regular tap water is absolutely safe to drink but water filtration can provide better tasting and better smelling drinking water by removing chlorine, chemicals, pesticides and heavy metals. Filtering water means you are more likely to fill reusable cups and flasks and avoid buying plastic bottles. The bonus is that you’ll save lots of money in doing so.

Donate, Swap or Sell

There are so many ways to pass on your unwanted goods. From donating to charity shops, to hosting ‘swap parties’ with your friends, to selling locally online. You will support your local community as well as saving waste from entering landfill

Streamline your laundry routine

Only wash your clothes when necessary (some clothes such as jeans can be worn multiple times) and if using the dryer, consider reusable dryer balls. You’ll avoid plastic bottles of fabric softener and save space in your cupboards! Visits to the dry cleaner can be made more environmentally by returning your hangers and bringing clothes in reusable bags.

Support sustainable brands

Sustainable luxury brands might use recyclable materials to create products that not only look good but protect the planet too. Other such companies reinvest their profits to support environmental initiatives. There are many brands making great efforts to use renewable energy or reducing the power they use.

Have Less But Better

Being a conscious consumer isn’t about feeling deprived or boring! Buying the best quality belongings you can afford means you’re less likely to have to replace them regularly and by increasing the quality of what you own, you’re likely to feel satisfied with less. To further reduce your carbon footprint (and save cash), you could buy preloved.

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For those of us lucky enough to have a home, it MUST be a sanctuary. If, instead, it is a stress, then it can feel as though there is no sanctuary anywhere.

Let’s be honest here: it’s easy for clutter to infiltrate our home. We don’t mean for it to happen, but just through the process of living, it’s what happens. We buy one thing, then another thing, then three hundred other things, and, before we know it, our home is overrun by goods that we don’t really need or even want. While it doesn’t sound like the end of the world to have more goods than your home can handle, it can have a detrimental effect on your property. Below, we take a look at four ways how below.

Unwanted Guests

You want to ensure that every creature living at your property was invited and belongs there. If you’ve got too much clutter filling up the space, then you might — one day — find out that you’ve had some freeloaders making a home in your house, and you didn’t even know it. Bugs and other rodents love to set up camp in dark and damp spots, which is just the kind of environment you’ll be creating if you have goods and boxes stacked up high. Giving them a home on your property is bad enough, but the real issue is that it could take years before you discover them if your home is overly cluttered.

Chance of Mould

Insects aren’t the only thing you risk inviting into your home if you have too much clutter. If it’s a damp area, you’ll be significantly increasing your chances of having a mold problem on your property. Clutter doesn’t cause mold directly, but it reduces airflow, which makes it easier for mold that enters your home to take hold. If you have any damp and dark cluttered areas in your home, take a look at having a clearout. If you see any signs of mold, have a company like Above & Beyond Unlimited Cleaning take care of the problem. You’ll feel much better knowing that your property isn’t infected with an issue that seriously compromises the quality of your home.

Stressful Places

Our homes are more than just spaces to rest our head at night. They’re our reprieve from the madness of the outside world. They’re for relaxing. However, if you have too much clutter, then you’ll be making it much more difficult to unwind and get the levels of rest we need to face the outside world. Clutter has a subtle, negative effect on our state of mind. If we have too much stuff around us, we find it more difficult to unwind. If we can’t unwind, our stress levels don’t lower. There’s a reason why many people have opted to take the minimalist route for their property!

It Lowers the Value

Finally, keep in mind that clutter can lower the value of your home. It shouldn’t, but it does. That’s because people need to be able to “see” the potential of the property for them to be interested. If there’s too much junk, that’s all they’ll see. And fewer interested parties = less bids and a lower selling price.

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Declutter Your Life: it could make you more content

The average number of possessions per person has increased HUGELY over the last two generations. Contentment levels however appear to have decreased. So it’s clear that excessive consumption does not fulfill its promise to make people happier.  So far, so anti consumerism….

But let’s analyse it more deeply: think about how you feel when you go on holiday and enter that hotel room for the first time. You have left both the physical and emotional clutter at home.  You are in a calm, clutter-free space and you have taken with you only what you need. It feels freeing and you breathe a sigh of relief.  Maybe the physical environment is a key factor.  There is research that the brain is wired to respond positively to clutter-free, simple surroundings. Psychotherapist and professional organizer Cindy Glovinsky says that order feels good, in part because in a decluttered space your brain doesn’t have to work so hard. This leaves you feeling calm and energised.  Even before thinking about the knock on benefits, by its very nature, losing the clutter has a positive effect on your brain.

But why exactly will living without clutter increase happiness? How does owning less equate to having more of what counts?

Everyone has their own personal financial restraints. However, due to the rise of cheap retail, there are still a multitude of choices available when it comes to purchases. It’s very easy therefore, to buy more than one needs.  Far from fostering contentment, having more can create an empty feeling.  However, when you allow yourself limited purchases, suddenly each one becomes so much more special.  And more appreciated.  That’s when owning less can feel like owning more.

And if you’re in the situation where you can’t afford all our belongings? (as is the case if they have been acquired on credit or if you have to go without something else you need) Well clearly then the joy they give you is going to be diminished.

This premise extends beyond physical objects of course. It’s easy to overfill lives with the wrong people and past times too.  Spending time on something that enhances life in some way is the ultimate formula for contentment.

Perhaps what it boils down to is that stuff can be distracting and more so the more you have. So, you might be aware of your priorities and goals in life. But the road to achieving them may be long and require commitment and determination. Ultimately though, the sense of achievement and satisfaction would be well worth the hard work. On the other hand, it’s easy to be tempted by what you see online, in publications or (most luring of all) what you see your peers acquire. It’s often just clever marketing though and chances are, most of it won’t help you achieve your goals; it could even hinder you by stealing your attention, time and money.

“Happiness can only be found if you free yourself from other distractions” Saul Bellow

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Running a home can be expensive! Do you ever feel like your house is a money drainer?

Money is, for most of us finite, and that means there is only a certain amount to go around when it comes to running and maintaining our homes. Of course, that can make things tricky, especially if you want to do any renovations, decoration work, or wish to invest in some new home furnishings, because these things aren’t free. Luckily, there are some tactics you can use to reduce the cost of running your home, so you have more money left over for the fun things in life. In fact, all you need to do is read on to find out what they are.

Stop chucking out old clothes

What do you do when you or your family members have clothes that no longer fit, or are too old to be worn? Throw them away? Well, if that is the case, it’s time to stop, because what you’re actually doing is chucking money in the bin!

Of course, I don’t actually mean that in their current state your old, laddered tights and ripped jeans are worth much, although you can donate them to charity. They can also be used around the home in place of other items like dusters, wash clothes, dust sheet and even as towels for your pets. After all, you have to pay money to buy such things, and you won’t need to do this is you use old cut up clothes instead.

In fact, one the smartest way of doing this is to find some cotton items and cut them into 20 cm squares. Then find a large glass jar and fill it with a homemade cleaning and anti bacterial solution, something you can find out more about in the last section of this post.

Then you will have nearly free reusable antibacterial wipes for your kitchen and bathroom. In fact, not only will these not cost you as much as the disposable ones that you buy it packages from the supermarket, but they are also way better for the environment as well.

Cut your heating bills

Next, to reduce the running costs of your home, it’s crucial that you minimise any energy bills. A smart way of doing this is to decrease the amount of money that you pay out to heat your home.

Happily, in most properties, this isn’t too difficult because there are some smart tactics you can use to prevent the air that you pay to heat from escaping. One is to find any drafts from windows or under doors and to plug these up with putty or excluders.

Additionally, you can use a spray foam loft insulation in the upper part of your home, as this will create an airtight roof structure. Something that will prevent all that lovely warm air from escaping and so should significantly help to reduce your heating bill.

Change your diet and the way you cook

Many people don’t like to hear this suggestion, but just because it isn’t popular doesn’t mean it’s not valid. In fact, changing the way you and your family eats and cooks can be a hugely effective way to save money when running your home.

First of all, it means shopping to a list, and instead of throwing away vegetables and meats as they go out of date, making sure these are cooked and frozen for use at another time. Also, don’t forget that by buying food items loose, rather than in individual packages and portions you can not only save a fortune but cut down on your plastic waste as well.

Finally, if you really want to go the extra mile when it comes to saving money on food costs, why not consider switching to a vegetarian diet? After all, this can be healthy and varied, and without the cuts of meat driving the price of your shop up, you can really save a whole bundle and still make sure all the family eats well.

DIY your own cleaning products

Finally, when it comes to saving money on home running costs it crucial that you cut down the number of cleaning products and toiletries that you buy. Yes, we do tend to see these items as essential, but the cost of them can really add up each month.

In fact by making your own cleaning products as demonstrated in the video above we can save a significant amount of money on a monthly basis. Of course, you get the added benefit of not having all those nasty chemicals that they use in commercial cleaners hanging around your home too, making it a win-win situation.

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Often, hoarding is not a choice. It’s a compulsion people feel. It can often be traced to a range of mental illnesses, or simply the desire not to let anything go, which can be associated with trauma and grief, emotional issues and not mental illnesses.

It can feel extremely tiring when trying to help a hoarder, because they often cannot change unless they are ready to. It’s the same story with helping an addict. You can force them to quit, you can give them endless speeches, but if they aren’t simply ready to move on, they will likely fall back into their bad habits time and time again. But should you give up on them? Well, it depends – no one should identify if you have ‘given enough’ of yourself, nor should they say it’s your moral responsibility to be for that person always.

But you likely want to. Helping someone with hoarding issues is often something that runs along these same lines. The following advice should help you lovingly assist the hoarder in your life, and to do so incurring the least relational damage possible. Because of the dangers we just mentioned, we are going to assume that in your case, the hoarder is ready to move on and is willing to accept help.

Let us begin:

Help Them Attend Professional Help

Of course, you cannot begin to help them turn their lives around without the help of an accredited professional. If you fail to do this, you might notice that you spin your wheels, or potentially cause more harm than good – however great your intentions. Allow a hoarding treatment therapist to talk through their problems with them, and be sure to attend if you are allowed. However, if your relative or friend wishes to simply engage in the sessions alone, you must respect that. While the therapist might not be able to let you know about everything regarding their conversations, if the person you’re attempting to help has allowed it, you might be able to help with the solutions under the direction of this professional. 

Cleaning

It can be hard for your hoarding friend to completely let go of everything at once. Cold turkey might not be the best solution for them. Also, simply throwing out everything might take power from them. Of course, rubbish or collected trash in the environment might be unsafe and unclean, and thus may need the attendance of a professional deep cleaning crew. Sometimes this might be ordered by the housing association or the government, sometimes you could go private. This might be depending on if the property is owned or rented. Simply seeing the home in a renewed state could give your friend a true emotional upheaval, and be sure to note this down for their next therapeutic session.

Careful Labelling

While the belongings of the household might not be worth keeping in their entirety, it can be worthwhile to walk around the house with your friend and label items. Some might be valuable and sentimental. Keep those. Some might be valuable but with little use for now. It could be that you find ‘self storage near me’ and house those items for now, so they aren’t lost, but your relative needn’t keep them around leading to further clutter. Then, throw out the items they might not need. Most hoarding begins with an inability of letting things go. It might start out with three spare microwaves in the garage ‘just in case’ or a collection of other items due to a hobby or interest. Helping them throw these items out, gently and carefully, can put the power back into the hands of your friend, and as they deal with this exposure therapy, they might realize letting go isn’t as bad as once envisioned.

Regular Attendance

Hoarding isn’t something that stops overnight. It takes months to fully untangle the emotional problems and difficulties that have led to this, because rarely does hoarding happen in a vacuum. Simply checking in on your friend continually can help them feel like they’re not alone, even if it’s just helping them attend therapy and heading for a coffee afterwards. Over time you yourself will be able to seperate the person you know from the hoarder that grew, and more importantly, so will they. This kind of social support is often the tipping point for new, positive habits to be built, and if things turn out well, they will thank you forever.

We hope that these tips can help you in this difficult situation.

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I’m delighted to introduce this guest blog from Re-Fashion, a company I recently discovered on Instagram. Re-Fashion is a new online women’s fashion store with a difference. They send postage paid bags to your home to collect unwanted, high quality, women’s clothes (the proceeds of that satisfying decluttering session!) and sell the pre-owned clothes to fund charitable causes. It’s their mission to raise money for good causes and reduce waste to landfill. They believe the future of fashion is circular; where we re-use and recycle, and it’s our responsibility, to take the first steps on that journey. Their ethos is so admirable and it’s very easy to donate clothes. Hope you enjoy reading more about them.

A Tidy Mind

What is Re-Fashion?

Re-Fashion is a new online women’s fashion store that provides a sustainable alternative to shopping on the high street. We inspire women to recycle the clothes they no longer wear. These clothes are then sold through our website with all the proceeds going to charity. It’s a virtuous circle that makes clothes affordable, keeps them out of landfill, and helps fund good causes.

So, it’s just like a charity shop?

Yes, but it’s online, so you get all the benefits of a world-class e-commerce experience. No need to rummage through rails hunting for a gem, just filter by size, price or brand to zero in on the clothes that are perfect for you.

So, I get a new outfit and feel virtuous because I’ve just raised money for charity…

Yes, and the charity makes more money. Clothes sold on www.re-fashion.co.uk can earn up to three times more than the same item sold in a charity shop. Being an online business means we don’t have the overheads of the high street. So, your donation will work harder for the cause you care about.

Think I might have some stuff to donate…

You definitely will. The average British woman holds on to £285 of clothes that they never wear. These are often quality brands in excellent condition that can be reused. Re-Fashion wants you to declutter your wardrobe and release this money for charitable initiatives.

What charities do you support?

At the moment, we’ve teamed up with Breast Cancer Care, but as the business grows, we will partner with more charities, so you will be able to choose which cause your donation funds.I’m in, how do I donate? We’ve made giving easy. Just order a donation bag online and fill it with clothes you no longer wear. When you’re ready, take it to the Post Office and send it back for free. A Tidy Mind knows living with less feels good and doing your bit for the planet feels even better.

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Not everyone is lucky enough to have a spare room in their home. But if you are then you might want to think about ways that you can make the most of this room. Some may turn it into a storage room, study or perhaps a playroom. However, if your home often sees visitors or guests, then you may want to think about making it into a gorgeous guest room. We all want our guests to be comfortable and sleep well when they stay with us. But how about making it extra special & luxurious with that hotel feel? So staying with you really feels like a holiday?

But where do you start? Here are some of the best ways that you can create a guest room to die for.

Think about flexible bed options

Of course, the bed is one of the most important things that you need to think about in any guest room. If you have the space, then you may think about popping in a double bed, which is great if you only have one guest or a couple who don’t mind sleeping together. But not great if you have those who want to sleep apart. This is where zip and link beds are a great idea. They can be brought together to make a double bed, but they can then be separated in order to create single beds, making the most of both forms of sleeping arrangements. It’s very much the ‘multi use’ piece.

Keep the décor simple

The rest of your house may reflect your own personal sense of style. However, if you want to create a calm and welcoming guest room, then you may want to keep things a little more muted and natural. You can and should express yourself at home with feature walls and bright colours but there’s a chance it won’t be to your guests’ tastes. You can still adds pops of colour and details to an otherwise neutral room.

Invest in good quality bedding

It’s tempting to think that just because someone is only going to be staying in your room for one or two nights, slightly old and tatty bedding will do. Of course, your guests will probably not mind what they sleep under, but if you can afford it, and you want to give them a treat, then it might be worthwhile investing into good quality bedding. Not only will this make them feel comfortable, cosy and as thought they are staying a luxury hotel but it will also help them to sleep too.

Give them all the essentials

Whilst the majority of people bring their own toiletries to your home, there is also going to be a chance that some may forget things that they need. Trying to provide all those basics in your guest room is not only a nice touch, which they are sure to appreciate, but can also be incredibly helpful too.

These top tips can really help you to make sure that your guest room looks the best that it can. It will help your guests feel welcomed and staying with you will feel like a real treat. In turn you will get satisfaction from being a host and a warm feeling from looking after your loved ones. 

Thanks so much for reading

A Tidy Mind

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In case you hadn’t guessed, I’m all for clearing the clutter and ensuring homes feel calm and clear. However, it’s easy to overcompensate when making your home feel clean – this can result in a home that feels sterile. If you feel that your home suffers from this, here are a few ways in which you can give your home a sense of life whilst keeping it decluttered and organised.

Hang up some art

Art could provide that human connection to a room that is missing. It’s a great way to spice up an empty wall and bring colour to a neutral colour scheme. Artwork can be of anything you look – to give it a personal touch, choose a piece of artwork that carries some meaning to you. It could be a painting of a place you’ve been or simply an abstract piece that you simply like the energy of.

Use more natural materials

Too many artificial materials could also cause your home to feel sterile. Take a break from synthetic fibre upholstery and opt for a leather or a cotton sofa. You could also try incorporating more natural wood tones in your home. Try to avoid wooden furniture coated in high-gloss paint that takes away the natural feel – instead try to preserve the appearance of the wood as with this oak furniture. Wood can also be great for flooring, countertops and frames.

Grow plants indoors

You can also inject life into your home by growing indoor plants. A plant can immediately bring colour to a room. Not only that, but plants actually make us feel better mentally by helping to clean the air, whilst releasing natural scents. There are individual plants suited to every type of room. In the bathroom, the likes of bromeliad and snake plants thrive due to the low light and high humidity. Jasmine and Lavender meanwhile make great bedroom plants, releasing sleep-inducing scents in the air that can help you to get a better night’s rest.

Share memories

Sharing memories can help to make your home feel lived in and give it that more human touch. Photos are the easiest way to share memories – even if the likes of Marie Kondo see them as clutter that are better stored digitally, photos can help to tell a story of your life that is important to making your home feel alive. You could opt for single frame photos, multi-frames for lots of photos or collages of photos. Other ways of sharing memories include displaying travel souvenirs, awards and personal hand-made creations.  

Use the right scents

It’s important that you home smells right too. If chemical smells such as bleach dominate your home, it could be contributing to the sterile feel. Try instead to incorporate more natural scents such as orange, vanilla, pine, rosemary, sandalwood and lavender. You can introduce these scents to your home using scented candles and oil diffusers (try to avoid chemical-based air fresheners that may add to the artificial smell).  

Ultimately, where you live should be your peaceful retreat and the above tips can make a house into a comfy home where you can relax and recuperate.

Thanks so much for reading

A Tidy Mind

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Electronics are a category which many clients avoid or feel overwhelmed by.  Evidently, the number of electronic items can easily and quickly multiply within a home – probably because electronics date quickly and are replaced.  BUT when new items enter homes, the old ones are often still kept but then not used very much. Honest answer: are you guilty of holding on to useless leads, chargers, old phones or cameras?

Although there are easy means to sell some items i.e. through websites like Music Magpie, the reality is that we do not get a very good return on them.  We humans sometimes doggedly focus on their original high value instead of their actual value.  The resulting emotion is guilt, which we deal with by keeping the item, perhaps telling ourselves that we have not yet finished using it.

Even if we do want to part with an item, we may be unsure about how to do so.  Most of us are aware that most charity shops don’t accept electronics, making it even easier to delay the decision.  The worst part? Keeping the electronic device means keeping its relevant cords.  A huge, tangled mess often ensues in a drawer.  The natural reaction to this is to close that drawer – and avoid the decision.

It’s important to think about the usability of any electrical item.  The end goal is that the item adds value to your life.  If other items you own are essentially duplicates, this won’t add any further value.  It will simply dilute value by causing confusion and taking up room.

Top Tips
  • Start by identifying which items give you the most value and put them to one side, with their partner cords and chargers. Use a white permanent marker to label cables.  If the cord connects to the mains electricity, it can be particularly useful to label the plug – that way, when plugged in, you can see which it relates to at a glance and will know when you can turn the power off or swap power points.
  • Aim to store cables with the gadget they’re for; however, for cables which aren’t used regularly, place them in a freezer bag labelled with the gadget name and store in a specific place.
  • Ensure you have disposed of the packaging in which your electronics arrive.  The packaging is notoriously extensive I have known many clients hold on to this huge bulk, which takes up a huge amount of precious space.
  • Let go of anything that doesn’t work.  It is extremely unlikely that you will get it fixed.  Online selling sites sometimes pay out for broken electronics; otherwise there will be a specific part of your local recycling centre in which to dispose of them.
  • If you need to wipe the hard drive of a device, take action and call a local PC shop who can do it for you. People often procrastinate about this resulting in them holding on to the device for years.
  • It is worth buying an inexpensive battery tester (this is something I find very useful as part of my professional organisers’ kit)  As you go through your electronics, you will need to test the batteries, put any dead ones in a labelled freezer bag and make a note to take them to the recycling centre or supermarket for specialist disposal.
  • Let go of anything on which you no longer have an appropriate device to play it on (CDs, video games) and likewise any old devices on which you no longer have items to play (cassette players, VCR’s, gaming).
  • If you do not yet have the updated version of something and you are still getting value out of it, don’t feel pressured to replace it.  When people prematurely replace items, this is where they struggle to let the old item go and end up with duplicates.  If the old item is being donated to someone else then great but it needs to be assigned an owner and a use – just like everything else in your home.

At the end of all this, you will no doubt have unidentified cables and perhaps devices.  If you can’t face simply disposing of these, place them in a box and label them with a future date to review – perhaps six months from now.  Put a note in your diary of the date and location of this box and if you haven’t missed them by this date, let them go.  After how hard you have worked, you owe it to yourself to follow this one through.

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Happy New Year!

How are you feeling today? Are you in the mood for setting goals? Or does it all feel a little overwhelming?

I firmly believe that, in order to make improvements to life, you often don’t need anything. Instead, it might be better to lose something.  Ultimately, you may need to have less…..in order to have more.

The problem with New Years Resolutions is that they sound and feel quite tiring don’t they?

I mean, you’re supposed to feel all ‘GO GO GO!!’ but you might just feel slightly ‘gone’. Early January is a time when many people don’t feel particularly energetic following a break from routine, the excess of the festive season, plus the the short, dark days in the UK, not to mention the inevitable dip in mood all of this brings.

New Year Subtractions on the other hand are far more attractive and if, as a by product, they add value to life, you could end up gaining something amazing.

So here are my top 8 suggested subtractions and what you can expect to gain in return. Aim to declutter these this January and start simplifying 2019: 1. Stop Worrying

Worrying, ruminating and pessimism are all pretty destructive past-times. Maybe the bad things will happen but most likely they won’t.  But whether they will or won’t, all that time marred by negative thoughts (for the most part unnecessarily) is a waste and a shame. If you can let go then you gain the ability to appreciate the present moment. It is a gift to allow life to unfold one event at a time and to have the confidence to believe that, whatever happens, you will cope.

2. Declutter Your Clothes

Living with fewer clothes has many advantages. You can afford higher quality pieces, you have less decisions to make on a day to day basis (many CEOs and leaders choose to own less for the extra head-space it gives them), you can ensure everything fits you perfectly and you can coordinate all colours. The popular Project 333 encourages people to live with 33 items of clothing (including accessories and shoes) for 3 months. It has converted even those with previously vast wardrobes.

3. Reduce Sleep Time

So let me add a caveat here – you still need to ensure you’re getting at least 7 (or whatever your body needs) hours sleep. But I’m a big believer in rising an hour earlier in the morning. If you can do this (even if it involves going to bed earlier) you will suddenly have what feels like extra time. It could be your time to spend on something truly meaningful. Whether that is reading, meditating, exercise, work, writing, planning, practicing a hobby or simply enjoying some peaceful time.

4. Disconnect From Technology

It’s easy to let screen time dominate down-time. You could create clear rules for yourself i.e. no devices after 8pm, during mealtimes, on one weekend day. Technology is a big part of my life but I have a rule whereby if I want to log on, I have to have a clear purpose. I have to have in my mind what I require to get out of the action. Since I instilled this rule, I’ve stopped losing hours in mindless scrolling. I have also seen relationships improve and gained more time.

5. Shorten The To-Do List

I’m an Organiser so naturally I love a list! But one of the best productivity tips is to have less rather than more on your daily to-do list. It means you will be more likely to get things done.  You will give yourself a focus and avoid overwhelm. Have no more than three priorities  that you want to achieve each day.

6. Bin Bathroom Products

Most people store a multitude of toiletry and make up products which remain unused or rarely used. They often end up past their use by date and cluttering up the sanctuary of the bathroom. Use up wherever you can (if a face cream doesn’t suit your skin, slather it on your feet) keep what you love and buy quality in future. The result is more space, a more serene environment and a better quality experience.

7. End Toxic Relationships

Clutter is anything which does not support the best version of yourself. This includes people who put you down, hold you back or freeze you out. Under certain circumstances, it really is okay to declutter people. Allow the valuable, meaningful relationships to rise to the surface. Nurture these and focus on adding value to them too.

8. Avoid Toxic Substances

I don’t just mean the obvious such as illegal drugs, excess alcohol and smoking. I mean anything that does not add value to your body. Like excess sugar, salt, dairy, caffeine or processed food. To much food in general is of course toxic to your body in terms of weight management. Also, overuse of medication such as eye drops or paracetamol can cause allergies or increased side effects. By getting in the mindset of avoiding what doesn’t nourish your body, you want to eat healthily and naturally as well as look for natural ways to deal with pain and discomfort where possible.

Wishing you a very Happy New Year. May it be filled with what really, truly matters to YOU.

Thank you for reading!

A Tidy Mind

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