Seven ways to feel richer this winter
Traditional new Year's resolutions often focus on deprivation that can
feel miserable like dieting or giving up alcohol. The grim economic times
we're all going through makes resolutions seem even more daunting this
year than usual. Parting with your possessions can also feel like a losing
game so in this newsletter I'm going to focus on strategies that will
you help you tackle your clutter and feel richer at the same time.
Collect up your change
I'd like you to gather up all the loose change that is lying around in
your home - use this as an opportunity to go though all your bags, including
half unpacked suitcases, work bags and turn out trouser and jacket pockets
too. If you fancy it check under the sofa too! I bet you're surprised
at the total and at all the other lost bits and pieces that come to light.
Put the change aside for a treat to beat the winter blues or set yourself
a daily cash budget to give your bank account a short break.
Use Christmas gift vouchers
In decluttering sessions clients often come across expired gift vouchers.
If you were given vouchers as Christmas gifts spend them now - before
they get stuck in the back of a drawer and lost for years. With major
retailers going out of business every week it makes sense to spend them
now rather than wait.
Be creative with your stuff
The "make do and mend" approach can be a bit preachy and off-putting
- so reframe this and think of positive ways you can use up things that
still have life in them. I recently bought a pot of expensive face cream
that was too heavy for my skin. It lay around for a while and I started
to feel guilty, then I thought well I might as well use it up as body
lotion. No waste and my skin is supersmooth. For you it could be using
a bag you'd put aside for best or actually wearing your "good"
Feel rich through giving
I know it's a cliché but giving unwanted things to a charity shop
can give you a real high. Charity shops are suffering too in the recession
- and need donations more than ever. Set a realistic goal of filling just
one plastic carrier today. By accepting you are never going to have a
28" waist again (old jeans can go) or finish half read tomes that
have been on your bookshelves for years, you will feel a sense of relief
as you say farewell to part of your life that is gone forever.
Sell, sell, sell
If you need to raise some cash I feel it always works best to focus on
selling fewer items in decent condition rather than trying to get back
money back on every little thing. Start today by identifying 3 items you
no longer need to raise some new year cash. Take a look at these
sites for some selling ideas.
Revisit old pleasures
If cash is tight - then revisit old possessions that haven't seen the
light of day for a while. Watch your boxed set of Lost or reread a novel
rather than buy new. Make sure you are wearing all your clothes too as
you may well have settled into a rut of only wearing your favourite black
items (one of my bad habits!)
Change your attitude to shopping - become more of a browser and window
shopper than a knee-jerk buyer. Aim to think long and hard about purchases
before parting with any money. If you're not 100% sure ask the shop assistant
to put the item on hold while you consider it over coffee. I fell in love
with a grey silk skirt in the sales last week but it really wasn't going
to work with the rest of my wardrobe. Beautiful, reduced, yet still not
a good buy. I bought a fabulous black one instead which I know I'll wear
is too expensive, and selling too much hard work, try swapping your way
to a new wardrobe (here)
For a more
personal approach and hands on help and support, I'd be delighted to visit
your home and really help you blitz your clutter effectively. I charge
£150 for a 3 hour session including a free copy of one of my books
more Clutter or Hoarder
to Order. I work throughout London and will also travel within the
southeast to places that are accessible from London mainline stations.
I'm always happy to have an informal chat with you about what a session
involves so do get in touch.
no more clutter
14A New Quebec St.
London, W1H 7RS,
a great New Year!