Okay, I'll admit it. I am a massive hoarder. Not that I go around collecting bits and bobs, or that my bedroom is overcome with piles and piles of crap or anything. It's all super organised - there's a place for everything and everything is (usually) in its place - but I just have too much... stuff. I have heaps and heaps (and heaps) of clothes, shoes, handbags and jewellery. I have files and notepads and books that I've read time and time again. I have a makeup cupboard, overflowing with products.
It got to the point where I would dread having to open the cupboards but tomorrow I move into my very own flat (read my homeware wishlist here), so what better excuse than to have a massive clear out and to "minimalise" my space in the process?
1. Take it a task at a time
I'm so guilty of deciding to spontaneously clear out my room, and then a few hours later I'm surrounded by piles of crap, not knowing where to start and feeling like tearing my hair out. This time, however, I've tackled each section of my room in stages. I firstly started with my jewellery, clearing out unbroken pieces and crazy neon items that are no longer wanted. Then I tackled each section of my wardrobe separately, starting with my tops, then skirts, then jeans, and finally cleared out a whole hoard of "clubbing dresses" from my teens. (I'm talking leopard print, sequins and cleavage galore!) I split this up over a number of days, taking on a section each evening after work, and it made it so much easier as there was always a light at the end of the tunnel.
2. Bin it, keep it, donate it
Separate your clothes, jewellery, makeup etc. into piles of items you want to keep, items that can be donated, and items that are better off being recycled rather than hanging in your wardrobe. If you've not worn the item of clothing in the past year, then you're unlikely to wear it any time soon, so give it a new lease of life and donate it to a charity shop, friend or family member. If your beauty cupboard is overloaded with unwanted products, bin the ones that are looking a little worse for wear and anything you've not yet used can be donated to a women's refuge centre. Give things away to those that need it more than you.
3. Make use of vertical storageThat space above your wardrobe? Use it! I've bought pretty boxes to place on top of my wardrobe to fill with scarves and handbags that would otherwise take up heaps of storage space. The boxes make a pretty addition to the room, too! After sorting through your wardrobe, take the accessories you want to keep, place them in a box and pop it at the top of your wardrobe. Perfectly organised and clutter-less.
4. Make use of other roomsLiving in a small flat means you may find your bits and bobs spilling over into other rooms. If you've got a little space in the hallway, why not place a chest of drawers there to hold seasonal pieces of clothing? Or on the landing outside the bathroom hold towels and toiletries? It provides more bedroom space and keeps things neat and tidy.
5. Have a killer playlistNo organising can be done without some motivational music to keep you going. I find a gym playlist works perfectly well for a little spring cleaning, and it's great for pushing you to finish the job when you're sat amongst piles of clothing and bags of rubbish when you feel like tearing your hair out!
Lots of love. xoxo