Happy New Year everyone!!! So excited about the fresh start, how bout you? I’ve been thinking a lot about all the great things I want to bring to the blog this year and over the next couple of weeks I’ve brought in some of my friends who are the best in their profession to help us get a successful jump on the new year!
First up this week the incomparable Tiffany from Orderly Lifestyle. Tiffany is a declutter master and during our interview I asked her for some really great tips to help you get started decluttering your home.
1. Thanks Tiffany for doing this for my readers! Can you tell us a little about you and how you got started with Orderly Lifestyle
Thank you so much Kelly for having me! It all started almost 5 years ago when my husband and I decided to quit our jobs, sell our home and our possessions in Calgary,Alberta and drive out in our truck and trailer to pursue a slower paced lifestyle on beautiful Vancouver Island. We had an 18 month old son and I was 3 months pregnant with my youngest son and we lived in a campground for 3 weeks until we could find a place to rent. After about a year we loved it so much we decided to purchase a place and call the Island our home! This experience was the inspiration behind orderly lifestyle. We realized how little we needed to be happy, and how we shifted to a slower paced simpler lifestyle. One where we could spend more time together and time in nature, doing the things we love. Being a mom of 2 busy young boys also had a great impact on how much I valued simplicity, organization and minimalism which is the main focus of Orderly Lifestyle.
2. For those of us who have a hard time getting rid of things, what do you suggest is the best place to start when wanting to declutter our homes?
I would suggest starting slow. One drawer or one closet to start. Often times we can feel overwhelmed when we look at decluttering and organization as one big project, or that we have to do the whole house at once and it leaves us feeling defeated. Making a plan to tackle one small area is very do-able and creates a sense of accomplishment and that momentum can be used to tackle other areas. A great mindset is to also focus on how many people you could be helping by donating!
3. What are the top 3 rules of decluttering?
My top 3 things that help with decluttering would be
1. Writing down the area I want to work on and what I think I need in that space. For example I would write "Bathroom", and then list only the things I think I need or want in that space. Things like toiletries, toilet paper, makeup, cleaning supplies, towels, hair appliances, etc. Once I write it down it makes it clear what I actually want and need in that space and how to group like items together to keep it organized
2. Remove everything from the area you are working on and only put back what you need, use, and truly want
3. Be intentional with your shopping and go by the motto "donation is better than accumulation". If something enters the home, something else should then be sold or donated. Also, If you clear out the clutter and organize, but you don't change your shopping habits then the clutter will always keep creeping back in.
4. How do you break from the nostalgia of things?
It's a tricky one. I think it's important to sit down and think about why this object is important to us. Think honestly about why we hang on to it. Think about what it symbolizes. How we feel keeping it. How we would feel if we let it go. Guilt and obligation play a big role in why we keep certain things as well as longing for the past or being stuck in the past. acknowledging those feelings can be all it takes to move forward with letting go of those items.
Something that may help is to create a book of photographs of the items, with a description about them and the sentiment behind it. Then when you're ready you can let the physical objects go, but you have a book of memories that takes up less space.
5. Do you do home visits? How do people get a hold of you?
I am starting to offer in home decluttering and organizational consultations and sessions. People can follow along on my Instagram page and reach out there or through my email firstname.lastname@example.org I will soon have a Facebook page for more information as well.
6. 5 Top tips the keep the clutter out?
1. Intentional shopping (asking why before you buy)
2. When something new enters the home, it's a good opportunity to remove old, broken or unwanted items to avoid unnessisary accumulation.
3. Request experiences instead of physical gifts for bdays or holidays
4. Just because it's free or on sale doesn't mean you need it
5. Focusing on gratitude for what you already have
I hope that you got some really great takeaways from my interview with Tiffany. Thanks again to her for taking the time to help us all out! Do you have any great tips you’d like to share? Leave it in the comments below. Also make sure to follow Tiffany at orderlylifestyle for continued tips and tricks to keep you motivated all year long!