Get Your Glow Back – Episode 33 – With Dilly Carter
On the podcast today is a woman the BBC have referred to as ‘London’s Marie Kondo.’ Dilly doesn’t just make things pretty, she makes them work and she is helping thousands of others find space to live their best lives. I absolutely loved my chat with Dilly, talking all things decluttering and how to switch your mindset from quantity to quality and treasure what you have to fall in love with your life and the space you live in. I hope you loved listening here are the notes on what we discussed:
How Dilly began Declutter Dollies
In her 20s Dilly realised going into someone’s house and finding calm in chaos is her speciality
Growing up in with parents who weren’t very organised or tidy Dilly found peace by keeping her own space organised, tidy and minimal.
She understands the benefits of living a deculttered life and how much easier it can make life and saw a gap where she could help others to live better lives something she has always wanted to do.
Where to Begin Decluttering Your Space
The key to organisation is to clear the whole space
Walk around your house with a notebook and note your problem areas and what the solutions are
Don’t put stuff in storage – it’s expensive and you don’t need it you forget you have it and are paying for it, how you feel about something when you put it in storage isn’t how you’ll feel a year later when you take it out
Give yourself a limit to what you can save but aren’t using currently such as baby clothes, toys.
Don’t bulk buy – only buy what you need
Unsubscribe from brand emails
Save for beautiful things
Don’t online shop
Choose quality over quantity
Learn to live with a capsule wardrobe
Think about where you are buying from and what you already have
Make sure you can see everything in your wardrobe so you always know what you have
Take everything out of your wardrobe and reintroduce what you really do love tol find a new appreciation for what you have already
Repair and look after what you have
Buy quality items you will look after and treasure.
If you never see an empty washing basket you have too much stuff
Buy the same brand to reduce waste just staples so you can refill containers with the same
When you can see what you have you know what you need
Don’t buy for what you don’t need everyday
How to get rid of your unnecessary items mindfully
Use forums such as Next door or facebook groups to distribute what you don’t need locally.
Enquire at local churches, nurseries, schools, old people’s homes, children’s homes, refuge centres don’t just overload charity shops.
When you buy something don’t expect to get your money back be willing to give it to someone who will need it
Don’t give in to buying cheap plastic toys that will be played with for 5 minutes from magazines or for party bags
For party bags choose useful items that create little waste like these baking kits from not on the high street
Say no to kids magazines and offer the choice of something useful instead
Teach your children that everything has a place and how to be organised from a young age it is a vital life skill and something we should be reinforcing.
Give toys back to schools and nurseries and children’s hospitals refuge centres doctors waiting rooms for magazines old people’s homes
Make the pledge to change #fiveforever
Choose 5 simple things you can pledge to change whether that’s:
Not buying magazine for kids
Not buying fruit shoots or single plastic drinks
Not buying disposable kitchen roll
Not buying fruit and veg wrapped in plastic
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