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hoarding habits

31 OCTOBER 2021

minimal mindset

Decluttering your home is a big job, but we think it's necessary to do every few months or at least a few times per year. It's easy to start collecting things and storing them away instead of dealing with them in the moment. However, we think there might be an easier way. What if we told you that you can practice daily habits that will ensure your home is tidier and less cluttered in the long run. Here are eight systems that you can easily work into your daily lifestyle that will ensure an uncluttered and orderly home, so that you can ditch those hoarding habits!

1. using plastic bags

Obviously plastic bags of all kinds are so out of fashion, and bad for the environment. Even though they are marketed as 'reusable' they eventually still make it to landfill, or worse, in our oceans. Besides that, they end up in our homes, filling up multiple drawers and cupboards or those old-fashioned cylinders under the sink that keep piling up. It looks messy and the truth is that we never end up using them because they aren't the right size for bin bags and they really have no other use. The best way to go is to make sure you have reusable shopping bags for groceries and vegetables in your car, that way you will never forget your bags again!

2. bulk buying groceries

A recent study shows that a total of 17% of food purchased by families goes into the bin. That's a total of 931 million tonnes of edible food. The easiest way to ensure you're not constantly throwing out food is to set one day per week where you do the grocery shopping for the whole week ahead. It helps to roughly plan out your meals for that week and the ingredients you will need for each dish. It may sound like a lot of effort but it is much easier than going to the shops everyday and doing a big clean out of your fridge every few months. You will end up wasting less food and spending less money too!

3. stockpiling supplies

The same concept goes for the pantry and the bathroom cupboards as we have a tendency to stockpile tins and jars in preparation for the apocalypse. It's more money that we don't need to spend and often ends up going to waste in a big move or clean out. It can be a good idea to buy extras of the basics, just keep in mind which items or ingredients you frequently use and try not to buy those just in case items.

4. COLLECTING TUPPERWARE 

We are sure that every kitchen has a monstrous tupperware drawer that is overflowing and nothing matches. It's unsightly and annoying to say the least, the good news is that we have a few tips to minimise the mess! Avoid keeping takeaway containers, as they will quickly pile up and break easily as they are poor quality. It's a good idea to invest in a collection of good quality containers, we think Pyrex is the best option. They have a wide range of sizes and are suitable for the oven and the fridge so you can use them for everything. They each come with a lid so you can easily store leftovers or cakes in the dish it was cooked in, they are also made from glass which is a better option than storing food in plastic.

5. shopping sales

If you got it on sale you are saving money, right? Not really, we often end up with things that we don't really like or need, as a result, it ends up in a cupboard not being used. When buying new items, take a look at the things you already have. If you are replacing something that you don't often use, it's a good idea to do a quick clean out before you put your news things away. You can donate second-hand clothes, shoes and household items to charity stores, someone will get great use out of your pre-loved pieces. When shopping, it is always more rewarding buying quality over quantity, you will cherish your pieces more and they will last longer. For this reason we recommend avoiding stores like K-mart as you end up on a shopping spree for things that you don't need, simply because it's cheap.

6. hoarding home decor

It's easy to walk into a store and see something you like to add to your home but over time it can make your space cluttered and mismatched. The best way to go about styling your home is to look at it as a whole project. Start by setting out a general theme or colour palette, choose similar materials and textures throughout to fit in with the style you have chosen. Take a look at the items you already have, remove the pieces that don't fit in with your motif or you don't completely love. Don't keep things that don't serve you just because someone has gifted it to you or you've had it for a long time. You want to include items that best represent you and your family so you have a space where you can completely be yourself.

7. adding to kids toys

It's only a matter of time before kids rooms to get crowded and messy with all the toys they are gifted from family and friends. Kids will often forget that they have certain things, or only play with them a few times before becoming bored. Bookshelves and toy baskets can help to keep these rooms looking tidy, it's also a good idea to invest in a big chest. Pack half of the toys away in the chest and leave half out for your kids to play with, rotate them every few months, this way they feel as though they have new toys to play with. Of course it's important for them to receive gifts for special occasions, especially around the holiday season. A good anti-hoarding solution is to ask your kids to donate a few of their old toys that they don't play with or don't like as much as others, tell them they are going to children who don't have toys and donate them around Christmas time. This will give them a sense of accomplishment and a greater understanding of the value of their toys.

8. storing just in case items 

One of the main reason why people keep and store items is because they think that they will need it one day for something. The truth is that if you are storing it away, it's because you don't need it anymore. These items can often be old or broken, but you may have the intention to fix it at a later date, we are here to tell you that realistically won't happen. Over time, things do deteriorate and they need to be replaced. Get rid of things as they break or you don't need them, this way you will avoid having to do a big clean out in the long run.