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O's organizing expert helps a 20-something couple banish postcollegiate clutter—and ring in the season in their first real home. Subscribe to O, The Oprah Magazine for up to 72% OFF what others pay on the newsstand — that's like getting 19 FREE issues! Once you make the decision to start living a minimalist lifestyle, you may feel like you’re cheating on your clutter-free goals by having seasonal decorations.
Sprucing up your table-top, fireplace mantle, or window sill can set the mood for whatever holiday or season is approaching.
My desire to have a minimalist lifestyle sparked my quest to halve it all by the end of 2015. Back in January, we decided as a family to get rid of half of our things for our New Year’s resolution. I’ve officially decided to start my first capsule wardrobe and I also started a little sooner than I originally planned. Part of having a capsule wardrobe is about setting rules for fashion and shopping and sticking to them, but part of having a capsule wardrobe is making the idea work for you and your lifestyle too. Since then, I’ve tried to pay better attention to what shoes and clothes I wear on a regular basis, and which ones I groan about when they come up in my clothing rotation.
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If someone else thinks something is particularly special, maybe they should store it instead of you.
Don’t declutter things belonging to others without permission (exceptions for kids who refuse to take care of their possessions). Now that you’ve minimized your food to include only those items that you actually eat and cook with, and you’ve got a clean place to store it, it’s time to organize! Managing a home and family can be very rewarding but it can also be hard, exhausting and time consuming.  Throw work into the equation and the demands on our time can be enormous … I call it the curse of modern day living!  So for me it’s about finding balance, deciding what my goals are, what I want to achieve and working out the things that are important to me. High on that list is having more time to do the “fun” stuff, spending time with my family and friends and saving money to help me do all those things.  So getting organised and living a simpler life with less worry and stress is something I’ve always aimed for because there’s a certain freedom, emotionally and physically, that comes with that. A lot of people have similar goals but are often so overwhelmed and time poor that they give up because it all seems too hard.  I frequently hear the question, “I want to get organised, declutter, get rid of stuff and get my life in order but where will I find the time?” and for a long time I used to say the same thing. So many years ago, I decided I was willing to take the necessary steps to achieve those goals and I also decided I had to stop making excuses and procrastinating. I changed my mindset and replaced my negative thoughts, “I can’t do this, it’s too hard” to “I can do this”.
I wrote a list of decluttering and organising goals that I wanted to achieve.  I find that by writing a list and then ticking the items off, I’m more likely to commit to what I’m doing. I wrote a second list of how I would benefit by following through on my projects.  Things like less stress, ability to find things, a simpler life, more time, save money and feeling more relaxed were all things that made it on to my list and kept me moving forward.
I harnessed my determination.  My decluttering time was “not negotiable” and I refused to procrastinate or put it off altogether.
I stayed motivated by choosing small projects that could easily be achieved in a short space of time … start with the sock drawer, sort one file from the filing cabinet, sort and clear one shelf from the bookcase, sort and throw out one pile of junk mail.  It doesn’t really matter but choose a job that you can realistically and successfully completed in the time you’ve allowed so you can pat yourself on the back, feel that sense of achievement and say to yourself “yay, I did it”. I gave myself deadlines.  I used my diary to, not only allocate time to declutter but, to also plan what I would declutter and when I would finish.
Once you get started, you might even find it becomes fun as you start to realize what you can achieve.  So, to borrow the famous Nike slogan:  JUST DO IT!  What’s holding you back? So tell me, where in your timetable and busy life could you find 30 minutes each week to devote to decluttering? Start small, Jess and plan … and before you know it you’ll be congratulating yourself for a job well done! Do you ever find yourself wondering why your cakes, cupcakes and muffins end up being crusty or appear burnt-looking on the side and bottom? This is a simple recipe for Banana and Oat Muffins that are deliciously moist and perfect for morning teas or snacks.


February 18, 2016   These are one of the easiest biscuits to make … they only need 4 ingredients and about 15 minutes of your time.
February 11, 2016   Now that the kids have returned to school and childcare, one thing you might find yourself dealing with is Head Lice (also called Nits). February 9, 2016   This is one of my favourite cupcake recipes and it’s perfect if you want to create a special dessert to celebrate Valentine’s Day with that someone special in your life. February 7, 2016   Around this time every year, choosing a lunchbox and filling it with nutritious food for kids going back to school becomes a very hot topic. January 20, 2016   Returning to school after the holidays can be a really busy time with so much to remember and even more to actually do.
January 10, 2016   Of all the good habits I’ve tried to teach my kids, drinking plenty of water rates very highly.
January 8, 2016   Christmas can be one of the most expensive times of the year but with a well thought-out plan, a positive attitude and a solid budget, there’s no reason not to survive and to sail into the New Year without a financial hangover. January 4, 2016   Christmas decorations can be a real challenge to store because they come in so many different shapes and sizes and won’t necessarily fit together like a neat puzzle.
A minimalist’s house has to be a stark, white, barren landscape of clutter free-living, straight out of the pages of a minimalist living magazine, right?
You don’t have to have an entire basement or shed dedicated to storage if you want to have seasonal decorations.
We donated three truckloads worth of stuff to our local Habitat for Humanity “Re-store”, and donated clothes to the Goodwill store.
So after doing some reasearch about how different people have set up their capsule wardrobe system, I decided to implement a few rules for my first capsule wardrobe. Those that have raised children and made a home or career may find that some of those changes require downsizing your home or business. I started my closet clean out last year with my shoes and then a couple of months later, I purged a few articles of clothing too. The ‘before’ pictures show you that it was a mess, with food crammed anywhere it would fit.
Take out all of those extra cans of food, tiny bottles of herbs and spices you thought you’d use and boxes of pasta you haven’t touched and give it to friends who cook with it, or if it is unopened, donate it to your local food bank.
There’s nothing better than starting an organizing project that involves your food no less, with a clean area to put things! Because my pantry space is a bit limited, I decided to purchase a couple of items to help maximize my space. Once my husband helped me secure the over the door shelf (we used command strips, both Velcro and hooks, to keep it in place since we are renting and I didn’t want to put screws through the door), I started filling the little shelves with some of my lighter supplies like nuts, NatureBox snacks, cooking supplies, etc. These only take about 10 minutes to throw together, you only need to dirty a single bowl and are so yummy straight from the oven while they’re still piping hot! I’ve shared loads of ideas here on the blog and you can read more by clicking on the “Lunchbox Ideas” tab on the top menu above. I was born in Sydney but moved to Evans Heads in northern New South Wales in my primary school years, living there for around 4 years. Water is so important for literally every function in our body, so it’s a great idea to send kids off to school every day with a lovely big bottle of cold water. You can make your home cozy and well-decorated for the season, while staying true to any minimalist leanings.
Digital clutter especially takes away from your ability to truly have a minimalist lifestyle.
We throw papers and random tidbits in drawers to get them out of sight, usually losing important paperwork in the process. We have boxes in our basement filled with things waiting for our next donation trip or yard sale. Instead of using the hanger trick where you flip all the hanger backwards to see which articles of clothing you have and haven’t worn at the end of a year, I keep a rotating cycle of all of my clothes (well, my shirts anyhow).


I couldn’t tell what foods I had, which is how I ended up with duplicates like three bottles of green enchilada sauce and two bulk bags of brown sugar.
Wipe down your shelves and get rid of the nasty areas where honey has stuck, spices have spilled, or worse yet, little bugs crawled in somehow and setup home! The first item is a handy ‘over the door’ shelf system, and the second item are these wonderful spice clips that worked out so well!
They work well if you have a tall enough cupboard to use them in, however, I don’t, and they ended up being awkward and unstable on the pantry shelves. It worked extremely well to free up space on the actual pantry shelves for me to spread our food out a bit more so I can actually see what we have available. Without having to rummage through everything we have, realize I should have used something up months ago, or feel guilty about food waste, it makes my time in the kitchen much more enjoyable and efficient. Year-round, white on white may be the ideal way to decorate for some, but for the less die-hard minimalists out there, seasonal decorating brings visual interest into the home.
We hang on to things we have never used because we “just haven’t had the time yet.” We keep books and magazines that we probably will never read.
It may hold special memories or it may be something you feel like you might use again in the future. This is my little corner of the internet, where I'm sharing my journey out of debt and clutter.
My pantry isn’t huge to begin with, but I knew it could definitely be more organized and minimized. I opted for the clips I mentioned above, and moved all my spices and herbs to the inside of my cupboard doors, and it worked out perfectly!
I made sure to put our food back in the pantry in order of expiration date, so I use the oldest food supplies first. Now that I am making headway with our physical objects, I have been giving myself time to get rid of non-material things that are cluttering up my life as well.
An excellent solution for those items you want to keep, yet are causing your home or office to feel cluttered is a personal storage unit. I try to remind myself that a little more free space or free time is more valuable than a few bucks if something actually does need to be replaced.
One of the cardinal rules of living simply for me, is that I ALWAYS minimize BEFORE I organize. I also have another set in a different cupboard that holds our medicine and vitamin bottles. I also grouped together similar items like flours, sugar, cooking oatmeal on one shelf, cold cereal on another, breads together and so forth.
While I love organizing, it isn’t very useful to put items in order that you aren’t going to use anyway.
If you don’t have a spice rack and don’t like the clip idea, you can opt for something like an old large Tupperware container.
I guess I like to have options… or I am just really and truly terrible at getting rid of things. Below is a step-by-step on how I minimized my pantry a long with some items I think came in handy to help the process.
With your spices contained, you can easily pull the whole thing out of the pantry and find what you are looking for without knocking everything over.



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