In the clear: top tips for tidy­ing

Country Life Every Week - - A Walking Life -

• Start small, with a drawer, a cup­board or a heap of pho­to­graphs. Each small suc­cess is in­cred­i­bly mo­ti­vat­ing

• Ban­ish thoughts of per­fec­tion­ism. It’s crip­pling and holds you back. Do what you can. Keep go­ing

• De­clut­ter first, shop sec­ond. Tempt­ing as it is to dash out and buy boxes, car­tons and crates, it’s dis­place­ment ac­tiv­ity for the gritty busi­ness of throw­ing things out

• Don’t wait un­til you can get ev­ery­one in your house on board. If nec­es­sary, al­low the per­ma­nently messy a lim­ited area in which to ex­press them­selves. Fly-ty­ing kit in the study—yes. All over the kitchen ta­ble—no

• You can get rid of wed­ding presents and still re­main mar­ried in the eyes of the law

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