• De-clutter for the winter

    Grab your hats, coats, scarves and gloves as the temperature gets colder and we near the shortest day of the year.

    But forget plans to hibernate, this season is your chance to build towards a less stressful and chaotic Christmas with some organisational know-how and a plan to de-clutter.

    1. In the past we’ve all been prone to buying new things when we see something we like. But to beat the clutter and the bulging cupboards this season, make a list on your phone or in a handy pad and keep it close by when you’re shopping. On your list write down all the items you really need.

    2. Go through your wardrobe and create outfits to suit various occasions, such as for work Zoom calls or weekend rambles, as this will also help focus you on the items of clothing or shoes you need to buy and help prevent you from buying more of a particular type of clothing in a particular colour. Anything you haven’t used for the past two years, or is in poor condition, needs to be donated to charity, or stored for use when gardening or painting the house.

    3. Check out your homeware cupboards and accessories too, and loosely repeat the process as per point number two above – are they fit for purpose? Have you got all you need? Are they in good condition? Do you need new mugs for your Zoom calls or Christmas lunch placemats, napkins, cutlery and plates?

    4. Any clothes not needed now that you wish to keep for next year can be stored away in suitcases, sealed boxes or vacuum-packed bags. Watch out for moths – use lavender sachets or similar moth repellent products to help prevent the moth larvae from nibbling holes in your clothing during the winter months. Remember before you pack it all away for next year remove any clothes that no longer fit or have fallen into disrepair.

    If you need to create storage, check out some of our storage containers such as these lovely baskets and these