Decluttering: Less Stuff, More Happiness

Helen from Clutter Rescue shared this video at a conference I attended earlier this year, Helen was sharing her ideas and tips on keeping an organised office.  She showed us this video from LifeEdited Founder Graham Hill at TED 2011.  

Top 3 tips

  • Edit ruthlessly
  • Think small
  • Make multifunctional

It will help you to decide how to part with a box you have been holding onto for a few years.  He will share how less will equal more.  It’s worth watching, please take the time.

This week challenge yourself to find ways to simplify and live with less.

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A-M July 18, 2012 - 5:47 AM

Great video! I am a declutterer from way back! Love culling and sorting. I can pack our life up in a day to move house. It’s a good feeling living simply with just what you need and a few pretties for the soul! A-M xx

brella July 18, 2012 - 8:00 AM

wow! I love this! it really sums it. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Katrina July 18, 2012 - 5:54 PM

Your welcome J

Lisa July 18, 2012 - 9:59 AM

Hey Katrina – yet again you blow us away with your inspirational finds.  After moving into our house 12 yrs ago – I have finally this year (thanks only to your blog & inspiration) got rid of the last of those “boxes”.  Our “first home” was 1/2 the size of our rental house!!   And would you believe, we have actually during this time “hired” a storage unit to store our “stuff” while we renovated.  Most of that “stuff” we stored, never came back into the house, but we paid $100s to store it – ABSOLUTELY CRAZY!

Re the EDITING, I find that I cannot sit down & “declutter” but I CAN look at your “pictures” and reorganise a space without realising that I am decluttering.  I get fired up by a good organisational session but I feel deflated if I have to just “declutter”.  So… keep the pics coming! BTW, this week’s organising session saw me declutter no less than a box of batteries that did not work + 15 torches + 5 headlights.  This still left us with 4 torches + 4 headlights for camping & we could probably even EDIT some more 🙂 

Good luck in the USA – hope it is everything + more.  We know that this has come at a difficult time.  Hoping that you find the mind space to actually find the JOY in this very special moment. You SO DESERVE IT!  xx

whiningattheworld July 18, 2012 - 1:30 PM

Thanks. I really need this t the moment.

Katrina July 18, 2012 - 5:52 PM

It’s a great motivator.

Holly N. July 19, 2012 - 6:21 AM

That was awesome and definitely a motivator as we will be moving soon.  I still have things in boxes from several moves ago. 

Jenna @ Reunite Child Assist July 25, 2012 - 4:25 PM

Wow. That’s some serious multi-functionality going on in that apartment! My partner and I are always moaning about how tiny our 2 bed workers cottage is…really, it’s just too full of ‘stuff’. This weekend, I’m going to edit. Starting with that box I’ve been dragged from Brisbane, to Hamilton Island, to Melbourne, to Dublin, to Brisbane. Lol.

Erin Thomson July 27, 2012 - 10:43 PM

Wow!! That is really inspirational! Thank you so much for sharing!! I know I definitely have a few of “those” boxes about the house!

Roslyn August 2, 2012 - 7:44 PM

I really need some expert help . As I am hopeless

MarcioWilges December 17, 2014 - 1:50 PM

I personally don’t have much problem getting rid of boxes of stuff. Moving thigns around the home is quite commonplace for me. I just find it very irritating when I’ve thrown something away only to realise that I actually needed it a few days down the road! But that’s life for you, and whatever items in your house have gone through the removals process, should stay removed!

Barbara Guge January 26, 2016 - 10:42 AM

During my short illness, my cleaning put things in boxes. I need help getting thing put away.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 27, 2016 - 3:04 PM

I truly believe not in making a job too big, try doing one box, or half a box a day, eventually you will get through it without feeling overwhelmed.


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