Every individual has a slightly different approach to decluttering - philosophical, practical, one room at a time or just randomly putting things in to a bag for the local charity shop every now and again.  We've done some research in to a few different approaches - see which one suits you best! We'll start with our favourite approach, because it it is all about 'less is more' which means potentially more donations to charity shops!!

The Swedish Approach:  Lagom

Pronounced 'logom' like 'prom', this approach is another Scandi approach, similar in some ways to the Danish 'hygge'.  In an interview with the BBC, Kathleen Bryson – a PhD graduate in evolutionary anthropology at UCL – described 'lagom' as a state of having 'not too much of one-or-the-other, but more a Goldilocks 'just right'.'  It is about an approach to life in general, rather than fitting in a little bit each day.  It enables a more relaxed approach to changing the way you deal with 'stuff' - removing one item from each room every week and see how it lifts your spirits, for example.  Keep it simple - remove two things for every new one you buy (now this is an approach I should buy in to!!).  Wellbeing and sustainability are also important - recycled or preloved containers for plants perhaps?

If you'd like to read more about Lagom, check out The Lagom Life by Elisabeth Carlsson.

An Approach for a Busy Person

Beth Penn's Book is designed to empower individuals to discard (and give to a charity shop of course!) what they no longer need and regain control of their home.  Beth is a professional organiser and she teaches how to see tidying as a tool for a better quality of life through a 'less is more' approach.  When thinking of how favourite pieces are displayed, think about open space around them which allows a greater focus on these main attractions.  If you get rid of something, don't be tempted to immediately fill the gap with something else.  

Check out Beth's handbag sized book The Little Book of Tidying. You can download the eBook for just 99p.

KonMari Approach:  Sparking Joy in Japan

KonMari guru Marie Kondo believes life only begins after you have put your house in order, and says we should only keep items that genuinely 'spark joy'...Tidying should be done by category, rather than location, so there is an element of chaos before the calm, it would seem.  However, it is designed to be a once in a lifetime process - when your home is organised the KonMari way, you will never have to declutter again...

I probably haven't done KonMari justice, so have a look at Marie's book Spark Joy

Clutterfree with kids!

Kids add clutter. As parents, balancing life and managing clutter may appear impossible—or at the very least, never-ending. But what if there was a better way to live? Clutterfree with Kids is a wonderful guide that any parent will find both practical and inspirational. If reducing clutter, creating more time and raising more aware children are your goals, this book is not to be missed.

Find out more about being Clutterfree with Kids by Joshua Becker.