I declutter home a couple of times every year. I am one of those who are obsessive about being organized and neat, to such an extent that aghasts my family who tend to keep things around for any future use (I would challenge this future, just to realize our “futures” are, well, not alike).
But there is another reason for this routine. A friend of mine once quoted some wisdom that one should rearrange the stuff in his or her home every six months to feel fresh, with which I can’t agree any more. Decluttering home means that I have to review the effiency of my old ways to store things, and then find and introduce new ways to do it more effiently. Everytime my home is decluttered, it looks not only more organized but also fresh, and it makes me feel very good.
I used to have a thing about earrings. I matched them with my outfits and I could do this without repeating myself for three months. But as I often joke that I have become a minimal bohemian I have given away most of my earrings, the number now is down to just over ten pairs. And yet I was both surprised and frustrated that I hadn’t been able to find a good way to store them.
Not until this time. I looked around the house for something I could attach my earrings to for easy access as well as a nice display, without the trouble of nails and hammer. And I found this “swatch” of hemp fabric I had got for a couple of years, too small for anything wearable but now perfect as home for a dozen or so pairs of earrings. Hemp fabric is hand-woven so the loose weave makes it easy to hook the earrings onto, much easier and better than a bamboo roll. The swatch had tears in it so I took this “advantage” to attach it to a hanger with just a piece of thin rope at each end. Looked like a small thing, but it was what I was happiest about this time’s decluttering. I loved that it’s a shade of bold pink, a lovely canvas for my mostly muted coloured earrings.
Decluttering and DIY-ing are very rewarding if you really put effort into the work, and most of the time it doesn’t have to be something major or complicated, just like this piece of hemp fabric I found so remember to look around the house for some organizing materials the next time you wish to declutter the house.