At the beginning of July I had mentioned that I would not be embarking on a Bucket List Challenge this month because I was just going to go with the flow of the month and see where it took me.
There are a few things I did this month that made me happy, but none made me feel more comfortable in my own home than decluttering and cleaning.
It was surprising how much happier I was when I decluttered things around my house a bit. There were 3 areas I focused on, because they were driving me crazy. I thought if I could just make these 3 places look a bit nicer then I will enjoy using them more.
1) The Dining Room.
My dining room table is always set for 6 people. I keep it pretty clean, and my table is always decorated for the season. But, To be honest, I was sick at looking at all the glass and porcelain that only got used occasionally. We can never use our dining room table for anything other than eating because it’s always set, and when Brandon and I eat there alone, we have to move some of the unused glasses and plates just to fit our wine bottle in. So, a couple days ago I packed it all away and just kept a clean table setting for me and Brandon.
Now, every time I look at my table I feel a sense of calm and relaxation. Less dust, and more room on the table if we want to do something there.
2) The Closet.
I typically do a capsule wardrobe (a seasonal closet consisting of only 10-20 pieces). One time I showed my Auntie my capsule wardrobe, and she said it’s anything but capsule size…but it is what I say it is!
My current wardrobe is hung on the white rack in my dressing room and all other season wardrobes and extra clothes fill up 2 other closets. I decided to unhang all the clothes I haven’t worn in years, and don’t plan on wearing in the upcoming fall/winter season (because they are over worn, are broken, or tragically don’t fit) and put them in a tote box. About 40 pieces went into the tote box for further thought or to donate in the future, 7 got thrown out because they were outworn, and 3 are going to the dry cleaners to see if I can bring life back into them.
Weirdly, one of the things that gave me the most satisfaction about cleaning out my closet was making a space to hang my pyjamas. I’ve had my pyjamas in the bottom drawer of my dresser for my whole life, but over the years I have meticulously picked out the best pyjamas for me based on fabric, style (yes, I own a unicorn romper), and most importantly–comfort. It didn’t make sense to me that I am hiding these highly curated little treasures in the bottom drawer. So, I hung them up and, laugh all you want, but now I feel a little bit luxurious picking my jammies for the night.
3) The Getting Ready Station.
I didn’t know what to call this space in my home that would be applicable to the general public, but it’s the space where you have all your items for getting ready (I.e. face products, jewellery, make up, perfume/cologne, hair products). I actually have a vanity in which I do most of my getting ready. This place can become a total war zone and quick! In light of this, I bought a few organizational pieces to help keep my space looking tidy yet cute.
Now I feel quite glamorous getting ready at my organized station.
It’s amazing how mentally lighter I feel after cleaning out and decluttering a few of my most used spaces at home.
Does tidying make you feel happier? I would love to hear your tips and tricks in the comment section down below!