How I Started Living With Less.

What is minimalism?

There are many different answers to this question depending on who you ask.

Some believe that it’s only owning a certain amount of objects, some think it’s keeping just enough to put in a backpack and travel the world unhindered by possessions. Some believe it’s only saving things that spark joy. For me, it’s being able to live with less.

Less than the average person in Britain or America.

It’s a feeling that you already have what you need

It’s the feeling of peace and calm you get from space rather than clutter.

It’s the feeling of freedom which simplicity brings.

If I lived on my own, I’d have almost no possessions, no TV,  and tidy house.

But I don’t, and as I can’t get rid of everyone else’s possessions, I have to find a way of dealing with their “stuff” and continue in my quest of living with less stuff.

My partner is a borderline hoarder who keeps boxes from phones he no longer owns!
I too battled for years to contain my “stuff “, I would stuff it all in drawers, cupboards and the garage.

The house would be serene looking on the surface, but everywhere else was a tangled mess of chaos.


   So, how did I improve?

So what changed?

I had the urge to get rid of everything I owned, to make my overstuffed drawers and cupboards as clutter free as the surfaces, so I started to get rid of stuff and it felt great. However, I just kept filling up the newly acquired space with new purchases.

Then one day, I stumbled across a book which put me on a journey to simplifying my life.

It immediately changed my attitude to shopping and clutter; it gave me a plan, a way to achieve the “click point” in my life, where I could actively live with less and everything I own, I love.


If you only read one book this year make it this one!

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever

The author  Marie Kondo lives in a small traditional Japanese apartment with very little storage, and from a very young age has been fantastically organised. She talks about her struggle to contain other people’s stuff and how she overcame the urge to throw other people’s stuff away.

She explains how to simplify every area of your life, step by step through all the categories, in a practical, methodical manner guaranteed to have you staying clutter free for good!



Who else keeps me motivated?

It has to be The Minimalists. I love these guys because they had it all, they had a great job, the fancy car, the expensive apartment and they gave it all up, sold everything, worked as coffee baristas to live a debt-free, minimalist life.

Although they are the extreme end of the minimalist scale, they have some fabulous thoughts on debt, buying stuff and the adverse effect our need for things has on our well-being.

I particularly enjoy listening to their podcast while driving or doing my chores!

It gets me motivated!  Click here to check it out; it is of course FREE!


Can you be happy living with less?


A lot of children and adults struggle to thrive in a cluttered, chaotic environment.

It’s stressful trying to look after and keep up with all the possessions we hang on to out of habit.

We spend a lot of time trying to organise and clean our stuff instead of going out and enjoying time with our loved ones.

A streamlined life enables us to enjoy time out, if you’re not spending your money on useless possessions you’ve got more money to spend on creating memories and you are not getting into debt.

You could start saving for a holiday or an emergency fund or even give to charity.


How do you start to declutter your life?


I’ve created a plethora of organising and decluttering posts, designed to ease you gently into the art of decluttering, they are simple concise and most only take about four minutes to read.

These posts are designed to help you jump in wherever you are, to start to create good habits to keep you on track. Your home didn’t get chaotic overnight, so don’t expect to be able to fix it all in one day.

Take your time and do whatever you can, when you can.


Try some of these posts to get you started!


How to declutter When Your Partner is not On Board ~ Simple tips to cut through the clutter!

How To Declutter When You Have No Motivation

Decluttering With Kids 101

 One Reason You Suck At Being Organised And How To Fix It

How To Organise Your Kitchen Like A Professional . 

My Secret Tip To keep School Paperwork Organised!


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  1. Ewa

    March 1, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    I really like Marie Kondo and constantly I try to reduce the number of things at home, but it is not easy 😉

    1. theorganizeruk

      March 1, 2017 at 10:18 pm

      Especially when I live with people who keep bringing stuff in !

  2. Autumn's Mummy

    March 1, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    I seriously need less clutter around me! I think I’m going to take a leaf out of your book and have a good spring clean!

  3. Sofia

    March 1, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    I’ve started de-cluttering to live with less too! Now if only I could convince my bf lol…

    1. theorganizeruk

      March 1, 2017 at 10:20 pm

      Haha I have exactly the same problem and two kids who keep bringing stuff in !

  4. Practigal Blog

    March 1, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    I’ll have to check out the book! I am trying to live a simpler life in every area as well. I’ve found that having a family makes this more difficult, but not undoable. When I stop comparing my lifestyle to others who consider themselves minimalists, I find that I am content and have joy with the amount that I have.

    1. theorganizeruk

      March 1, 2017 at 10:37 pm

      I think you have hit the nail on the head there it’s important to be comfortable with what you’ve got !

  5. Mary

    March 1, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    I’m moving in about two months and I definitely want to condense what I have so I can live with less! I’ve been wanting to read the book but I haven’t gotten around to it yet!

  6. mdhippiemama

    March 2, 2017 at 1:22 am

    I’ve declared this month a no buy month. I don’t think I have a ton of stuff, but we have 4 kids living in this house and even a small mess can be overwhelming. I’m trying to purge a lot of unnecessary stuff, so we’ll see how that goes!

    1. theorganizeruk

      March 2, 2017 at 10:26 am

      4 kids oh my word they come with so much stuff ! Good luck 😉

  7. Amanda | Maple Alps

    March 2, 2017 at 1:24 am

    The life changing magic of tidying up was such a great book! I’ve read it twice! I’m having such a great time applying the concepts and feel better already 🙂

  8. welcomepresence

    March 2, 2017 at 4:23 am

    That’s a great book. My wife bought it last year and we went through the house and got rid of a lot of things we don’t need. It felt great to clear up some space in the house, really energizing!

  9. Yuliya Oleynykova (@yukovadesign)

    March 2, 2017 at 10:59 am

    I can relate so much to this blog post. This is my current state too. i am trying to get rid of things I don’ need and replace them with simpler, plain things. My space is getting so much better. As well as I finally found a peace of mind xxx

  10. Bianca Osbourne

    March 2, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    As a minimalist, I love ALL of this!

  11. Lianne

    March 2, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Just read the book and my hands are itching to trow so much stuff away everyday! I’m going to get started with her methods soon. I think I’ll tackle my clothes tomorrow.

    1. theorganizeruk

      March 2, 2017 at 7:20 pm

      Oooh keep me posted on your progress!

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  17. Cheryl R. (@CRDesignsNY)

    March 31, 2017 at 11:48 am

    You could have written this for me. My first tidying book was this one and it’s got me rolling. I’m about half way through my stuff but my wife is a collector of stuff. Shirts, socks, bandanas, paper clutter, electronic things that she claims to buy for me and then uses daily, setting aside the last one. While I’m making great progress, she’s planning the next purchases on credit. We’ll get there eventually I hope.

    1. theorganizeruk

      March 31, 2017 at 12:14 pm

      Ahh yes it’s so frustrating! My other half is just starting to realise that if he stops spending money we have more money in the bank ! are another great read lots of tips and tricks from the ex millionaires!

  18. Anonymous

    April 7, 2017 at 9:30 am

    We are in the process of trying to minimise and organise our lives. I say we, I mean me. Haha. Dragging my husband into it but it’s tricky. I thought I was the one with the hoarding problem but he is such a bad influence! Always with the “you sure you wanna get rid of that?” Or “but I love that on you!” Such a battle. If I could go back I’d throw it all away before it started.

    1. theorganizeruk

      April 7, 2017 at 5:06 pm

      Ahhh I feel your pain completely! I have to be alone when decluttering or my daughter (aged 9!) and my other half keep asking me why I’m throwing it out , even just rubbish! My 5year old is like me though his favourite job is a tip run !

  19. Sara - Flanders Calling

    April 7, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Did you read the second book? I loved that one too. I am tackling paper clutter now (after loving my clean wardrobe and bookshelf off course). 8 bags of paper (really big ones) and 4 boxes full of paper are gone… but now I don’t know any more. It got to a point where I feel it is still to much paper and I feel stuck. Anyways: not giving up. 🙂

    1. theorganizeruk

      April 7, 2017 at 5:09 pm

      I did , I loved having illustrations. Paper was a nightmare I have to say , and I have missed a few things I’ve shredded ! 🙈 but on the whole much better without it !
      I’m stuck now at sentimental, I just can’t even peep in the box ! X

  20. Christina

    April 13, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Her book has some good principles,but as far as I can tell, she doesn’t really address dealing with other people’s feelings towards stuff. Especially children.

    I’ve been decluttering for about 2 years and with a family it’s an ongoing process. Hubby is definitely more on board now that he sees how much time and effort and frustration is wasted with having too much stuff.

    1. theorganizeruk

      April 13, 2017 at 2:21 pm

      And money ! I agree that she didn’t cover kids stuff , hopefully now she’s got a little one she might bring out a new book !
      I just sneak out with my kids stuff however it’s only ever stuff they don’t use or enjoy playing with , everything else I don’t touch , I have one who loves to throw stuff away and one who will not part with anything even questions food packaging going in the bins ! You’re right it’s a never ending struggle!

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