PerfectlyOrganised: Is It Time To Let Our Stuff Go?

PerfectlyOrganised was set up in 2004 to provide decluttering and organising services to commercial and private clients. Since its inception, I’ve witnessed first hand how clutter and belongings are taking over many of our lives. It raises the question: is it time to let our stuff go?

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We work to pay for housing and bills and use what’s left to buy things which are supposedly meant to enhance our lives. What often ends up happening is just the opposite. ‘Things’ need maintenance. They take up space and need cleaning and repairing, hence we are using our energy whilst hanging onto them. And then we use our hard-earned cash to eventually replace them. It’s a never-ending cycle.

A Life Less Cluttered & the Start Of PerfectlyOrganised

For as long as I can remember, the thought of living more simply with a lot less stuff has been compelling me to move towards a life less cluttered. In 1998 I read Janet Luhrs’ book, The Simple Living Guide. My attitude towards a lot of the things that I owned – and until that moment had held dear in my life – changed for good. Going forward I promised myself that I would live a clutter-free life, and to some extent I’ve managed this. But still clutter of one sort or another can creep back into my home and my life.

Another book which had a profound effect on me around the same time was Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin. I promise if you read and digest the information in this book, it will change how you think about your wages, hourly rates and money, forever.

It’s Not All About the Physical

But it’s not only physical objects that can lead to clutter and chaos. A cluttered mind can be very detrimental and often leads to ill health. To some, this may sound far-fetched, but there has been a lot of research done to support this theory (just look online – more on this in future posts).

Freeing up space in our lives, whether it be physical, mental or emotional (think emotional baggage, or holding onto the past), can have a major positive effect on our state of mind. It also frees us to enjoy living in the moment and appreciating everything around us.

Towards Minimalism & Living Simply

For me, moving on with my clutter-free journey has led to an increased interest in minimalism. There are some great books and websites around to help (try The Minimalists, Simple Living or Becoming Minimalist for inspiration). While I still have some way to go before I can say my husband and I live in a completely clutter-free home, progress has definitely been made and we both feel so much lighter because of it.

Minimalism doesn’t mean living an austere life in an empty house. It means living with intention: choosing quality over quantity; spending intentionally. And not filling your space just for the sake of it.

Is It Time To Let Our Stuff Go?


Your Money Or Your Life & The Simple Living Guide


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