Do More With Less

As a start to 2012, I’ve been having massive clean outs. Everywhere. On my computer, at home, basically everywhere in my life.

Sometimes you being to accumulate so much ‘stuff’, you don’t even realise, then all of a sudden you go ‘Ohmigod where did all this shit come from?!’. Well this was me over the last week or so, in my bedroom. Somehow, over the space of the two years living in Sydney I’ve got a lot of ‘stuff’.

New year, time to freshen things up a bit. It’s so easy to accumulate ‘things’, that don’t really mean anything, or that you don’t really LOVE. You just buy for the sake of buying. This doesn’t get you anywhere, you just end up with more stuff that you’re going to have to throw out eventually.

It’s time to get ruthless. Here’s what I’ve been doing lately to Do More With Less!

– Purge the wardrobe.
Alicia wrote a stellar little post about only keeping/buying the items in your wardrobe that you truly love. Instead of just buying things for the sake of buying, only buy something if you truly LOVE it. Same goes for everything that’s in your wardrobe now.
I just had a HUGE clean out and ditched a lot of things I never wear. Shoes, clothes, old handbags. Now my closet is only full of the good stuff, that I actually wear. It makes such a difference.

– Organize the beauty department.
Rach inspired me with this post! So I managed to find the same little set of drawers from Officeworks, and away I went! I used to have these boxes to put my make up etc in, but it’s so much easier with drawers like these! Foundation bottles fit perfectly, and you can see everything, so nothing gets lost.
I threw out heaps of stuff too, old cans of hairspray, etc etc, things I never use & don’t need.

– Clean out who you follow on Twitter.
Yep, I’ve been going digital on this too! If you follow heaps you can do it over time, or all at once! Unfollow all those accounts that tweet un-nessecary things 24/7, and leave your stream filled with postitive/informative tweets.
I cut mine back from about 500 to just over 100, and it made the biggest difference! Quality not quantity.

Un-subscribe from those weekly newsletters that you never actually read.
Nuff said. Cut the crap. Cut it back to less than 10, at the most. Then your inbox will be filled with emails mostly from REAL people!

– Do more with less money.
No matter what’s in your bank account, try to do more with less. And SAVE SAVE SAVE!
Keep a money jar and clean out all those silver coins in your wallet. Yeah you know what I’m talkin bout. When you’re wallet ends up weighing the same as a small child due to the insane amount of coinage in there. Well grab an old bottle/vase/jar and start stashing them!

– Less inspiration.
I saved the best till last! Try and cut back on the endless hours of searching the internet for inspiration, and more getting out and doing and seeing things. I also threw out about 90% of my magazine stash. I hardly ever look at them, and I’d rather keep just a few, (I cut it back from 60 or so to about 15!), a few that I really love!

It’s way to easy to feel overwhelmed with inspiration, and I think the internet has a lot to do with this. You’re constantly seeing other designers work, and it overflows your brain with ideas. I wrote a big ol post about it here if you want to read more!


Overall, it feels so much better to know everything in my bedroom & on my computer/digital life is actually worth having. And I think I’ll be a lot more conscious of where my money goes. Now that I’ve cleaned everything out I don’t want to go filling it up with ‘stuff’ again!

Have you done anything so far this year to clean up & start fresh?

7 Responses to “Do More With Less”

  1. 1 Kimberley - Dream. Delight. Inspire. January 22, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    LOVE this hun! I cleared out some of my Google Reader, my Twitter account and my files on my computer today. Feels so much better and easier to manage already. Can’t wait to hit up the wardrobe, cosmetics stash and magazine pile! xx

  2. 2 Sweet Lime and Spiced Tea January 22, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Love this. I tackled the wardrobe and the pantry on Christmas holidays and feel so much better not having to scrabble through things I never wear (or eat) to find the perfect outfit on a Monday morning.

    Not sure if I’ll be able to let go of the magazines, but am going to try!


  3. 3 Serena {Pretty Fluffy} January 23, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I love this! Popping over from Dream Delight Inspire and this is such an informative post. I can really relate to needing to clean out my digital files… I get so much junk sent to me, so this post has inspired me!
    Did you find cleaning out your twitter feed hard? I feel bad ‘unfollowing’ people – I don’t know why… I’m sure they don’t even notice!! 🙂

  4. 4 Alycia January 23, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    i did a few of these things myself recently too! i went through my closet and ended up with two bags of stuff to toss and donate. and same with twitter, i removed those only sharing links and who never even speak to me. feels good!

  5. 5 Liz January 24, 2012 at 3:40 am

    Yes. To all of it. I’ve recently been practicing this same theory and applying it to a lot of areas of life–both at home & online. It feels good to trim the fat, so to speak!

  6. 6 Krissy January 27, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    This basically summarizes my brain right now. I don’t do new year’s resolutions, but my goal from now on is to minimize, minimize, minimize! I can be such a hoarder with everything. I’ve done some serious “stuff” amassing of things, bookmarks, random images, … junk. I have too much going on in my head and it just needs to all come out. So that’s my plan. And this was my uber long comment to basically say that I totally feel what you’re sayin’ here.

  7. 7 Rachel Lam February 7, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    I’ve been clearing my Instagram follows, Twitter follows, my Dropbox, etc. As for Facebook, I’ve been unsubscribing from certain types of stories from friends I’ve lost contact with. And unsubscribing from RSS feeds of blogs I can’t keep up with! I’ve even gone to the extent of deleting apps that I barely use on my iPhone.

    Lastly, of course, doing a physical cleaning up of my bedroom and study – throwing away things I can bear to throw away, giving away books from my childhood that I’m not going to read again or miss (blessing others in the process too!), giving away clothes/bags I don’t/can’t wear/use anymore.. etc

    Whew! What a relief to get clutter out of my life!

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