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10 benefits of living with less

We are told from a very early age that we need to buy stuff in order to make us happy. This happens through television, radio, magazines, billboards – it is all around us and difficult to escape. We are brainwashed into thinking that the more stuff we own, the better our lives will be. That this so called ‘stuff” will give us absolutely everything that we need in life. Many of us buy into this to the point where we have convinced ourselves that this is true – we are all looking for meaning in our lives and we think that it is going to come from ‘stuff.’ Our houses become a storage space rather than a living space, causing anxiety, stress and an all over feeling of overwhelm. They are crammed to the brim with toys, books, clothes, appliances, stuff stuff stuff! Today I want to share with you 10 benefits of why owning less really is more and how you can live a happier, more fulfilling and purposeful life without all of that stuff……..

1: More time to do the things you want to do and that matter – time with friends, family, loved ones and yourself!

2: Less to tidy up each day, making tidying up a breeze……

3: Less stress – our possessions cause us to feel overwhelmed and anxious.

4: Better for the environment – where does all that stuff we buy eventually end up?

5: Easier to make decisions – choosing what to wear each day means we will be in control rather than out of control.

6: Less to maintain which gives you more time and energy.

7: Find items quickly and easily.

8: Improves relationships as you are not weighed down by your stuff – you feel lighter and brighter.

9: Saves you money – allowing you to spend your money on quality rather than quantity.

10: Mindfulness – you are conscious of what you are doing and why.

The benefits of owning less are endless – please feel free to add more in the comments below :-)

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5 secrets to an organised home

No matter what space you organise, big or small, you will need to commit to a simple maintenance routine. If you don’t, your systems will potentially fall apart and all of your hard work to will go to waste! Here on Stuff I am sharing my 5 secrets on how to keep your home organised in both the short and long term and stay in control.

This is the sixth and final article of a series that I have been writing for Stuff Magazine :-)

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3 steps to an organised wardrobe

Are you struggling to create order in your wardrobe? If so, then this post is for you! Clothes bursting at the seams? Nothing to wear? Can’t find what you need when you want to wear it? These three simple steps will help you to create the order that you have been looking for, once and for all! Pop over to Stuff to read the full article – there is even a short video for you to watch to help you too.

This is the fifth article of a series that I am writing for Stuff Magazine :-)

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Tame your laundry once and for all!

Doing laundry is not one of the most exciting tasks to do at the best of times, but let’s face it, it has to be done, whether we like it or not. An organised laundry that functions well will not only make your life easier, it will save you time and help you to get the job done efficiently and with ease. Featured on Stuff here are some smart solutions to help you keep on top of your laundry and to make this task a much more enjoyable one!

This is the fourth article of a series I am writing for Stuff Magazine :-)

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Letting go of our possessions…..

Living with the things that we love brings liberation. But the thought of letting go of our possessions can be overwhelming for many. So much so, that many don’t face them at all – it’s all too much. Does that sound like you? If so, this will be a good read for you. It is important that our belongings make us feel happy rather than making us feel sad, guilty or resentful. This month I shared my four key reasons with Stuff that can help you to understand why it can be so difficult to let go.

This is the first article of a series that I am writing for Stuff Magazine :-)

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Where do I take my preloved items?

“Where can I take my items that I no longer want?!” I am often asked as I go through the process of helping people to declutter their belongings. I offer my clients the service of taking away their charity items – I like to donate them to the SPCA as that is a charity that I want to support. Even so, charity stores are getting more picky these days on what items they either want or are allowed to receive. Keep reading to find out where you can take a variety of items, including E waste, spectacles and even your bras!

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How to survive the holiday season!

Christmas always comes at the same time of year but why does it always seem to sneak up on us? Work often gets crazy with deadlines and events in the evenings, the traffic is a nightmare (for all of us city dwellers) and there’s a feeling of slight “Craziness” in the air, that can lead to stress and feeling overwhelmed with it all, before it has even begun. Arming yourself with these simple strategies will help towards a stress free holiday season, so that you can have fun and enjoy yourself even more……

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