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Baby Oil. Not Just For Babies!

 

We all have a half used bottle of baby oil we rarely use lurking in the back of a cupboard somewhere. Mine got left there because we don’t have a baby, she grew up and left home ten years ago.  We keep it there for ‘just in case’ (Ahem, I think we may need to re read this post on decluttering!).  However, it’s time to dig out that bottle of usefulness, there are many surprising uses for it in our everyday lives.

What is Baby Oil made from?

Generally baby oil is 98% mineral oil and 2% fragrance. Mineral oil is a by product after refining crude oil and other petroleum products.  It is an inexpensive, clear, tasteless and odourless liquid that is plentiful. It is also known as liquid paraffin and liquid petroleum. The ingredients of Johnson’s Baby Oil are:

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  • Aqua
  • Glycerin (moisturiser)
  • Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier)
  • PEG-12 Dimethicone (a silicone-based polymer used to give a smooth feel and assist spreadability)
  • Sodium Lactate (moisturiser)
  • Citric Acid (PH adjuster)
  • Sodium Benzoate (preservative)
  • Parfum
Baby Oil

Baby Oil in a spray bottle – how Really Useful

Household uses for Baby Oil

Here are some of the Really Useful jobs that a bottle of baby oil can tackle:

  1. Remove soap scum from the shower or bath
  2. Rub it around the edges of sticking plasters to give you pain free removal
  3. Unjamming a paper shredder
  4. Removes the sticky labels off bottles and jars
  5. Removes paint from skin
  6. Polish for golf club heads
  7. Shines taps and car wheels
  8. Cleans grease and fingerprints from stainless steel
  9. Untangles jewellery chains
  10. Ease stuck zippers
  11. Makes homemade fire starters.  Soak cotton wool balls in baby oil and keep in a zip lock bag ready for your next BBQ!
  12. It makes a good mosquito repellant
  13. Eases chewing gum out of hair
  14. Quietens noisy hinges
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Baby Oil will keep my friend Margaret’s oven free of grease and fingerprints

Natural Baby Oil

If I was looking for baby oil to use on an actual baby or my own skin then a paraben free, synthetic fragrance free, totally natural product would be my choice.

Baby Oil can be a key component in your beauty routine.  It makes an excellent alternative to shaving foam/gel.  It’s an effective make up remover even removing stubborn waterproof mascara. As a moisturiser it locks moisture into the skin by creating a protective barrier.  If you find using oil alone a bit too slippery, although it is non-comedogenic (does not clog or block skin pores),  then just mix it with some body lotion. You can also use baby oil as:

  1. Use as a cuticle oil
  2. Use as a massage oil
  3. Rub on exposed skin to protect it from the cold
  4. Add to a bubble bath for extra skin softness
  5. Mix with sugar to create a natural skin exfoliator

As you know parabens are my own enemy (take a look here!) and so I like to use paraben free natural products where possible and paraben free baby oil is easily available. The ones listed below are totally natural.

Neal’s Yard Pure Baby Oil,

Natural Baby Oil

Organic Baby Oil by Pur Babies

Weleda Calendula Baby Oil

Organic Babies Baby Oil by Green People

Natural Baby OilSo, now you know how Really Useful baby oil can be, I think that half bottle from the back of the cupboard can stay. Add a natural baby oil to your shopping list to add into your beauty routine for silky smooth baby soft skin.

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Prepare For A Move With Total Wardrobe Care!

A very lovely company based in London recently sent me some super products to assist with my small space living.  As you know, organisation, organisation and organisation are my three favourite words.  Looking stylish also features heavily in my plans. The collection of products from Total Wardrobe Care fit the bill perfectly. Did I mention the pink and white stripe packaging! Ha, they obviously had me in mind when they designed that!.

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Lovely products to help care for your wardrobe

The timing of this has, quite unexpectedly, become very very relevant.  We are packing up the warm climate house and moving back to England for a while (A new knee being on the agenda for The Hubby!). We have done this countless times before and arrived back to moth eaten sheets and musty smelling clothes that all had to be washed and cleaned. I can now prepare for our move with much more confidence that upon our return the bed linen and wardrobes will be in perfect order. There are lots of Really Useful tips on the Total Care Wardrobe website that I have been working my way through over the past few weeks.

Pesky Moths!

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“The May Chang Scented Candle repels moths by diffusing its May Chang blend of essential oils to protect wardrobe and bedroom areas, keeping them fresh, fragrant and free of moths”

To make sure those pesky moths all leave my bedroom as soon as possible I am using the candle every evening at dusk as this seems to be the time I start to see them.  The first day I used it I left all the cupboard doors open to let the fragrance drift through everywhere so that any moths hiding there abouts would take the hint and leave! The moths here are not very large but they can do plenty of damage if they get into the cupboards.  My moth eaten Liberty Of London sheets are testament to this! The moth box is now safely installed in my linen cupboard along with some cedar wood.

“The aroma of cedarwood has natural moth-repellant properties and will make your wardrobe or drawers smell forest-fresh while absorbing moisture and odours. Renew the aroma of these cedar balls by sanding lightly with sandpaper.”

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The moth box is safely installed in the linen cupboard

Prepare Prepare Prepare!!

Sewing is not one of my strongest skills (I am much better at knitting!).  However, in preparation for moving I collected the small pile of clothes that need buttons replacing, did the sewing job, pressed and hung them.  I always keep the spare buttons that are attached to new clothes in a specific pot in the sewing bag. Everything will be ready to wear when needed.  One thing I have learnt with experience when moving, packing or leaving your wardrobes for a period of time is not to leave any clothes unwashed (even if you only wore it once for five minutes!) or unpressed.  I have returned to stained, mouldy and un-pressable clothes a number of times.  Wash, clean and iron everything, you will be thankful on your return that everything you left can be used.

When your clothes come back from the dry cleaners take off the polythene covers and re hang onto your own hangers.  Polythene attracts dust and wire hangers are not good for keeping clothes in shape.

My favourite kind of knitwear is anything Cashmere.  My lightweight Cashmere will be staying put this time.   Usually I would have put this into a plastic storage container.  Hanging Cashmere is always a no! This time I am storing my knitwear correctly in a breathable fabric bag.

How To Fold Knitwear Beautifully

My blue heels have not been worn yet.  I have them ready for a photoshoot that I intend to do so I can update my blog profile picture but I have been so busy that I haven’t found the time to get it done yet.  These cedar wood shoe trees will ensure that my new shoes still look new when they get packed for the move. Having travelled lots I know how damaging it can be on shoes!

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You can keep your shoes fresh and in great shape using Cedar Wood Shoe Trees!

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My favourite shoes will be in perfect shape next time I need them!

Preparing for a move

These two clothes covers will hold around 5 or 6 hangers. I am planning on keeping my dresses in one and The Hubby’s best shirts in the other. They are made from beautiful quality cotton!

Prepare for a move

My cashmere is now safely stored away in this special little storage bag. This is definitely one of my favs!

I could write lots more about caring for your wardrobe but there is just no need for me to do that. These guys have it all covered so you can just click on all these easy peasy links and get advise on wardrobe care direct from the experts.  I have been using their tips to help me prepare for our move.

How To Store Clothes

How To Have A Moth Free Wardrobe

Get Rid Of Moths

The Life Cycle Of A Moth

We are almost prepared for our move, just a dinner party to have, a Sunday lunch get together to attend (well, we have to get our priorities right!), a bag to pack and then cooler climes here we come!

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Natural Lip Balm
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Lip Smackingly Natural!

I am a self confessed lip balm, lipstick, lip gloss, lip treatment addict! I can’t really explain why, but it’s maybe that there is no need for fancy techniques, fancy equipment, hours of you tube videos to try and create the right look. I just need lipstick, a flick of mascara, maybe a wave with a bronzer if I am feeling energetic and thats about it. I can be ready for anything in a flash!  I also hate to have dry chapped lips and as I have a tendency towards dry skin it’s important for me to keep my lips hydrated and soft.  Your lips are an area where the first signs of ageing can appear.  Dry and chapped lips are so uncomfortable so I do use lots of lip products.

I now look for lip products that are as natural as possible. Paraban free is always at the top of my list particularly for lip balm. I use lip balm all day every day so I choose the most natural but it also must be effective.

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Natural Lip Balm

EOS Evolution of Smooth Lip Balm

First, Lets Talk Parabens

What Are They??

The Oxford English Dictionary defines Paraben as

‘Any of a group of compounds used as preservatives in pharmaceutical and cosmetic products and in the food industry’

There is no direct evidence that shows the Parabens are toxic although they can cause allergic reactions to skin, such as contact dermatitis (my issue!) and rosacea. The FDA in the USA studies linking parabens to breast cancer are a work in progress. There is concern that parabens have an estrogen mimicking properties and again there is research currently underway on the effects of this. At present these studies are inconclusive but I think I will try to avoid them if possible plus they do give me contact dermatitis on my hands.

You can recognise a paraben ingredient in products from these terms. Often you will just see the E number or the first part of the word without the paraben bit. All products that contain parabens must have it listed.

  • methylparaben (E number E218)
  • ethylparaben (E214), propylparaben (E216)
  • butylparaben
  • heptylparaben (E209)
  • Benzylparaben
  • Pentylparaben

Products that may contain parabens include:

  • Make Up
  • All types of Moisturisers – including lip balms
  • Hair Care Products
  • Shaving Products
  • Toothpaste
  • Parabens can be used as a food additive

BANNED IN THE EU AS OF 31st OCTOBER 2014

The EU banned the use of the following based on a report by The Independent Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS)

  • Isopropylparaben
  • Isobutylparaben
  • Phenylparaben
  • Benzylparaben
  • Pentylparaben

Natural Lip Balms

Autumn is upon us and it’s time to protect our skin against mother natures autumnal breezes and temperatures. One of my biggest skincare issues for this time of year is lip protection. I get dry chapped lips soooo easily and trying to keep them hydrated and soft is one of my biggest challenges. I also want to do this in as natural way as possible. I apply lip balm constantly and if it’s on your lips it basically gets eaten! I have been on a quest to find paraben free lip balms. Ha! Not as easy as one might think but they are out there so I have complied a little list for you.

Natural lip balm

My little but growing collection of paraben free lip balm

  • Tropic Skincare – Available online only. click HERE
  • Rescue
  • Burts Bees
  • EOS Evolution of Smooth
  • Aveene
  • Lanolips
  • Yes, To carrots
  • Cowshed
  • Aveda
  • Dr Hauschka
  • Origins
  • First Aid Beauty
  • I am natural
  • Trish McEvoy
Amazing for use on your lips, nails, cuticles, elbows and heels! @tropicskincare Next on my list! Click To Tweet
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Tropic Lip Love is going on my list!

My personal favourite from the ones I have tried so far is Lanolips. I find it very long lasting and very hydrating, has no particular taste.  Although if you intend to put on lipstick either over it or later on then apply it sparingly.

My personal favourite from the ones I have tried so far is Lanolips. Click To Tweet

I love the concept of the EOS little dome balls but I find application difficult.  It’s not easy to apply it precisely on your lips because of its shape. You have to rub it on your lips a lot to feel any benefit. The selection of colours and flavours is really cute but I am not convinced about their effectiveness.

I like the Avene lip balm stick. This one has SPF protection, is soft and moisturising but it doesn’t last very long.

The rescue balm is an excellent choice. It is very hydrating and long lasting.  It’s texture is very smooth and although there is a slight taste to it, its not overpowering. The pot is quite small so a lip brush may come in handy for this one.

The Cath Kitson lip balm is not available now but they do have alternatives but I cannot find out if these are paraben free or not at the moment.  The one I have is a natural one. It’s really effective but

I know a lot of people do not like to use lip products that you need to apply with your finger.  Many of the natural lip balms I have seen do come in a tube or a pot so a small retractable lip brush is going to serve you well.

Natural Lip Balm

A very stylish retractable lip brush to slip into your handbag to use with your natural lip balm

Try out a paraben free and natural lip balm for yourself and see how they can work for you.  In my little Amazon Shop this week there is a selection of paraben free products and if you click through to the main sites you can find lots more there! If you know any that we can add to the list why not share it.

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Going To The Beach
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Grown Up Girls Go To The Beach!

I think I can put this post on my Really Useless list this week but I did enjoy putting it together!  I love going to the beach.  No, I REALLY love going to the beach. But more than that, I love going to the beach kitted out with my list of grown up essentials. This does not mean an old towel stuffed into a grocery store carrier bag.  And I like to do Beach with a tad of style thrown in.  Now that The Offspring is all grown up I can go to the beach without the usual assortment of inflatable boats & dolphins, without a cool box containing juice and snacks just in case the beach bar can’t come up with Jam sandwiches and Fruit shoots and without all manner of other associated paraphernalia that children on a beach need. Not that I didn’t enjoy the beach with the small people but I can now enjoy it a different way. Now I can go to the beach (and The Offspring is my most favourite beach buddy) with my stylish bag filled with my grown up toys! Read; a sarong that matches my swimwear, (maybe even 2), a choice of sunglasses, a bottle of Soleil Toujours Sunscreen, reading material (I found reading on a beach with children just isn’t worth trying), Thermal Water Face Spray, lip glosss,  if necessary, a stylish towel (that may even co-ordinate with my swimwear) if called for, are amongst my grown up essentials. Firstly a stylish bag is a necessity. I love to use a traditional French Market Basket. Alexandra Knight Market Basket for the beach   Music is a beach essential. Cotton Beach Club is my current sun lounger favourite.  You can listen while you read on!

I pack the little bottle of Chanel UV essential factor 50 just for my face.  It doesn’t leave a sticky or greasy film on your face. It  leaves your face matte and smooth rather than shiny. Chanel UV Essential to use at the beach A change of swimwear and sarong or a wafting kaftan are another essential as sitting down to lunch in wet bikini bottoms is not my idea of a good time.  Although having lunch brought to my sun lounger on a tray is one of my favourite sports (thank you Hotel Martinez, Cannes). Melisa Odabash Kaftan for lunch at the beach   A little accessories bag of ‘keep me looking human’ essentials is a big must. Hair bands, hair brush, lipgloss, refreshing eau de cologne spray (an alcohol free spray is best, save the alcohol for the sunset cocktails), talc (sprinkle over sandy toes and the sand wipes right off – see, something Really Useful) Sprinkle talc over sandy toes and it wipes right off. Really Useful! Click To Tweet

Aerin Raffia clutch for packing with accessories

This little raffia clutch by Aerin is a perfect for the beach.

Beach Essentials for grown up girls

A few of my favourite things to pack

Favourite Grown Up Beaches

These are some The Offspring and mines favourite grown up spots from around the world. Psarou Beach, Mykonos, GreeceNammos Psarou Beeach Nammos Restaurant at Psarou, Mykonos nammos Psarou Beach Mykonos Le Club 55, St. Tropez, France Le Club-55 Beach & Restaurant Poppies Resort, Chewang, Koh Samui, Thailand Poppies Resort on Chaweng Beach Koh Samui Playa Del Duque, Costa Adeje, Tenerife Playa Del Duque Beach in Tenerife   Signature1

Wardrobe declutter
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Is Your Wardrobe Fully Functional?

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Remember a few weeks ago I shared with you ideas for Decluttering and regaining your space? I warned you that we would be tackling decluttering our wardrobe soon, well now is the time.  Its time to change our seasonal attire with some of us going into summer and some of us going into winter. This is a great opportunity to declutter our wardrobes and head into the new season with a fresh take on what we have in our cupboards.

Decluttering tips

My wardrobe has been fairly chaotic for a few years.  I have moved house too many times and lived in different countries for different seasons (Wet Springs in Switzerland I am looking at you!).  I recently spent 3 years in the British countryside (quite a challenge as I’m not a natural country bumpkin!).   I lived in the same 2 pairs of casual trousers, 4 sweaters and a large selection of scarves all year round the whole time I was there (guess where that little lot plus the wellies finished up!).  I have recently returned to live in a hot dry climate where the need for a large wardrobe is simply non existent especially during the summer months.

When and How?

Decluttering Tips

There are many, varied and wide ranging ideas on decluttering a wardrobe and to be honest theres no need for it be be daunting in the slightest.  It’s really simple, you either want to do it or you don’t.  Don’t do it if your heart is not in it, leave it for another day.

So, the day your head and heart are ready for the challenge here are my favourite tips to help you along the way. There is no definitive way to go about it, take a few of these decluttering tips or take them all.

  • You could use the same method we used in previous De-clutter article – ‘the 5 boxes method’
  • You could use the ‘have I worn it in the last 12 months’ No, so out it goes
  • You could use the ‘If I saw this in a shop now would I buy it?’ No, then out it goes
  • You could use the ‘Does it fit or, and be honest, is it ever going to’ No, say goodbye to it
  • Is it damaged, in need of repair? ‘Are you going to get that done?’ No, so away it goes

I had to sort my wardrobe upon my return to this hot dry climate. It was an absolute must, 90% of my clothes had been crushed up and crammed into storage for over 3 years.  Once I weeded out the damaged, stained and non fitting clothes I decided to go with my very favourite strategy,  ‘reverse those hangers’.  Turn the hangers of your current seasons clothes backwards.  Once you wear something you can turn the hanger back the other way.  You can apply this to drawers and shelves too.  Refill an empty shelf or drawer with clothes once you have worn something.  Keep this going for the whole season.  If there is anything still left on a backwards facing hanger, on the shelf or in the drawer at the change of season, out it goes.  This is a Really Useful way to see which of your clothes you do actually wear.  I have just started this with my summer clothes and will update you later in the year on how that has worked out for me.

Decluttering tips

Put your hangers backwards like this

Decluttering tips

I love these golden metal hangers from Zara Home. How smart my wardrobe would look full of these!

You can find Golden Metal Hangers HERE

Try A Different Approach

You could take this opportunity to rethink how you organise your wardrobe.  Trying a different approach to how you keep your clothes could give you a different perspective on many items you have. Rather than organising clothes by colour, try organising them by style instead or vice versa. You’ll be surprised at how you’ll take a different view on many items.  This is one I have done in my recent declutter/reorganisation.  I moved from organising by colour to organising by styles.  I have also taken my sweaters and warmer clothes off hangers and folded them to keep them in better shape. Sweaters don’t do well hung up for long periods of time. I learnt this lesson the hard way (goodbye out of shape favourite cardigan). Folding my sweaters has also given me more hanging space (remember we do small space living) and shown me that I probably have way too many sweaters for this climate, even for winter.

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Sweater keep their shape so much better if they are folded rather than hung up

Want to take your wardrobe decluttering to an extreme? In the 1970’s Susie Faux, owner of Wardrobe Boutique in London originated the concept of The Capsule Wardrobe. A carefully curated collection of clothes designed to work for all occasions.  The concept of The Capsule Wardrobe is enjoying somewhat of a revival currently with many people looking to simplify life. I am positive a capsule wardrobe of around 30 pieces per season would work for me given my lifestyle and the climate I live in. It’s on my To Do list but not for this year.  I don’t know anyone with a fully operational capsule wardrobe. If that is you please share how you achieved it and how it works for you I would love to know.

Decluttering tips

This is my idea of a gorgeous capsule wardrobe

Now you have your newly decluttered wardrobe and everything in it is beautifully organised how about some extra little finishing touches to keep our clothes in tip top shape.  Here are some nice ideas

Decluttering tips

Hang a bunch of chalk to create a pretty dehumidifier to keep dampness away. A great idea from Martha Stewart.

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Lavender filled hanger covers. Lovely idea from Organising L.A

Decluttering tips

Cedar is a natural repellant for moths so these are great to protect your clothes especially your cashmere

You can find Lavender Hanger covers HERE

You can find Cedar Hanger Tags HERE

Decluttering our wardrobe is not about changing or planning a new style. It’s about creating a clear view of what you currently have and more importantly what you currently wear.  It’s about simplifying life,  taking the stress out of getting dressed every morning, knowing what you have and that it is all wearable. If a style update or make over is on your agenda your decluttered well organised wardrobe is a great starting point.

If you take on a wardrobe declutter or are thinking about it, share your progress and results with us, we’d love to hear how you got on!

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Declutter
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Declutter to Destress, it’s Delightful. It is time to regain your space?

“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful” – William Morris

What Is Clutter?

Is it time to Declutter your space?? What is this funny word, Clutter, what does it mean?? What do you consider clutter?? For me, clutter is anything that is lying around, without a home or untidy stuff.  One definition of clutter is =

“Anything that you keep around your space that does not add value to your life”

Did you know that clutter is actually bad for your health –

  • It causes stress and can lead to depression
  • Accident hazard – read this scary article
  • Pest infestation risk
  • Can be a cause of embarrassment
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Does your space look or feel like this?

Decluttering is about letting go of history, its about removing from your space all the things that you are no longer in love with, use and are causing you unnecessary stress, cleaning tasks and generally crowding your space.

It can seem daunting, looking around and wondering where to start.  Every journey, every task, every achievement starts at the beginning with the first step and very often baby steps at that.  Start with 1 drawer, 1 cupboard, 1 corner or 1 room. Set realistic goals, you do not want to get halfway through, get overwhelmed, give up and make your space even more cluttered.

Ready To Declutter, Let’s Get Started

Get five boxes or bags. Everything you are about to declutter fits into one of these five boxes –

  • Box 1 is the donation box,
  • Box 2 is the recycle box,
  • Box 3 is the throw it out box.
  • Box 4 is the sell it box
  • Box 5 is the keep it box (you can find a new home for these items later)

DeclutterThere are things you should get rid of right now without even thinking about it. Go and round up all theses things –

  • Old mobiles, games consoles and all those untouched gadgets – sell them
  • That box of bits you are saving to repair one day  realistically it’s never going to happen so – throw it away
  • Expired food, medicines, toiletries, that bag of snacks your pets will not touch – throw it away
  • That box of cables and wires, you have no idea what any of them do anyway – throw that box away
  • Unused and duplicate kitchen utensils – how many whisks do you actually need/use?? – donate them
  • The collection of odd mugs & plates lurking at the back of the cupboard because your new matching set that you use is at the front of that cupboard – donate them
  • Old and unused sports equipment – donate it
  • That huge pile of magazines and newspapers you have had stacked up for the last 10 years – recycle them
  • Old & Unused towels, bedding and linens. You already have a stack of old towels for the pets anyway – recycle them
  • Don’t forget to tackle the bottom of the pet toy box for unloved unplayed with toys – donate them

Just by tackling some or all of the above you will be amazed at how far down the road you already are. You can now declutter your 1 drawer, cupboard, room or space using some or all of these Really Useful tips –

  • Do I Love it or can I live without it?
  • Do I use it? Set yourself a strict time limit here, I use 12 months.  If I have not touched it for a year – out it goes!
  • Does it work and if so is it useful?
  • Does it fit into my space?
  • Am I keeping it for sentimental reasons?
  • Why do I even own this, where did it come from? No idea – out it goes!
  • How many of these do I need/use?
  • When in doubt, throw it out!

Then there is the sentimental clutter to consider which requires more thought and can be harder to deal with –

  • That huge pile of art your children brought home from nursery every day when they were small. Select just one or two to keep
  • Take photos of sentimental items and write the details on the back of the photo and keep these in a box together
  • Ask a friend to help you. They will not have the same sentimentality about an item as you do
  • Don’t declutter your partner’s, housemate, children and family members clutter without their participation.  They may have very different thoughts about what they consider to be clutter

Now you are really rolling with your Declutter.  Once you have finished your 1 drawer, cupboard or room put the ‘donation and recycling’ boxes in the car now and drop them off next trip out.  Put the ‘throw it out’ box in the bin now. Put the ‘sell it’ box on the kitchen table and get listing them on the internet selling sites today. Put the ‘keep it’ box in another room, you can deal with that when you get to that room – you are keeping it anyway.

Above all, once you are done, no matter how small the task was, be pleased and proud of what you have achieved.

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You can regain your space

The Next Step

Now you have achieved your declutter and regained control of your space, what next?

  • Do a weekly sweep – last weeks newspapers, that broken gadget. Deal with them now!
  • Resist the urge to impulse buy – put down that very nice china mug – you do not need it!
  • Buy only what you love and cannot live without – that china mug is not it!!
  • Implement a one in one out policy – if you really cannot live without the china mug it must replace an existing one!
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I try to keep my kitchen surface as clutter free as possible

You will notice that I have not mentioned the unmentionable; decluttering our wardrobes. Aghhhhhh!  Now there’s a scary thought but be warned We Will be tackling the decluttering of the wardrobes, just not today.

You can go as far as you like with a declutter, a Really Useful couple of books that may help take your Declutter to a new level are Stuffocation and The Joy Of Less.

Enjoy your newly decluttered space you just regained

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Small Space living
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Can We Squeeze It In??

Small Space Living

Who does Small Space Living? Do you want to do Small Space Living?? It’s not everyones ideal life style. We do it and we love it, we wouldn’t have it any other way.  We have lived in a big house, 3 levels, at least a million bathrooms to clean, miles of stair carpet to hoover, endless windows to clean. Nooooooooo is my answer to that, been there done that, never again! But like I said, tiny is not for everyone but small is king in our world.  But, small brings with it almost as many, but different challenges as big.  There are many issues that need addressing well before small space living runs smoothly.  Theres no just ‘shoving’ it in the spare room, utility room or even stashing things in the garage.  Plus if you are anything like me and a teaspoon left in the sink can bring on a near nervous breakdown then your small space living requires ruthless discipline, organisation and super smart storage solutions.

This is one of my favourite small space solutions as I am always kicking Pepes water bowl, I will have to get The Hubby to build us one like this in our kitchen

Small Space Living

WHAT IS SMALL??

What is your definition of small space living?? Mine is defined by square meters/feet but other people define it by number of rooms.  What seems small to one person may seem big to another.  For example, we think a two bedroom apartment is big but many people would consider that small so its all a matter of perspective.  For us anything around 50 sqm/500 sqft is a perfect size. We have 47 sqm/470sqft which The Hubby (he really should have been an architect!) totally redesigned and managed to fit in two shower rooms. We do have a good useable outdoor space which is a huge bonus for especially because of  the climate we live in.

SO WHY??

  • Less use of our precious cash resources
  • Less environmental impact
  • Smaller carbon footprint
  • Freedom of time from the low maintenance, cleaning and tidying requirements

AND HOW??

  • De clutter – This needs a whole blog to itself – coming next!
  • Size matters – measure, measure & measure again, make sure it fits and importantly, is proportional to your space
  • Prioritise – do you need a work space or a dining space?
  • Use every cm/inch of space – think vertically
  • Digitise – vinyl, cd’s & dvd’s are not your friend (I cannot bring myself to add books to this list but you might choose differently)
  • Double duty furniture – is it a table or a storage unit,  is it a sofa or a bed? – it must be both
  • Get rid of the stuff your offspring, friends, parents have got stored in your loft, garage, spare room – you have no room for it! This is one I have yet to totally achieve – I’m looking at you my gorgeous offspring!

One of our most important storage solutions is a Divan Storage Bed, similar to this one. We could just not manage without it. Ours is divided into two halves, mine & The Hubby’s.  Books, knitting equipment, stationery and blog supplies in my half. Tools, tools, and tools in The Hubby’s half.

Small Space Living

If your small space has a staircase why not make use of it. I love this one, it’s a really ingenious use of space. I could see this as a great space to keep books.

Small Space Living

A really imaginative way to create a little dining area in a small space, pull it out of a cupboard. I totally love this one!

Small Space Living

How about this amazing sofa bed? This is a piece of beautiful design engineering brilliance.

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You know that kick board under your kitchen cupboards? Well do not waste it, use it.  These space maximising kitchen kick board drawers are available in many kitchen ranges.

Small Space Living

We have friends who also do Small Space Living and friends who could think of nothing worse. It works for us, could you achieve Small Space Living, or do you already live in a small space? Share your storage solutions I would love to read them and share them.

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