May 4th, 2014

Clean Slate

My husband has been complaining about our overstuffed cottage, and my housekeeper spends 80% of her time dusting. Short of moving to a stripped-down space like this one, I think it’s time for a massive cleanout.

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    ToriMay 4th, 2014  8:08 PM

  • A massive cleanout can be quite time-consuming but feels soo good once you’de done with it. Good luck! 🙂

    The Property PackMay 5th, 2014  1:44 AM

  • Good Luck. I attempted to do this as part of my New Year’s transition. I am still somewhere in between.

    Michelle OMay 5th, 2014  2:21 AM

  • Thank you for this article. I am moving from Las Vegas to Cape Cod. I want to think of this move as a fresh start. It feels good to update and refresh. Good Luck with your project..

    Karen SsheehanMay 5th, 2014  11:07 AM

  • I tend to purge when it coincides with an event (like Karen’s move) and it always feels fantastic, but right now it’s my closet that needs a firm hand and a clear eye.
    For either situation, KiC is always a help, so thank you!

    SueMMay 5th, 2014  12:12 PM

  • I have been waiting for the perfect to time to share this info. Husband wants less clutter and housekeeper spends 80% of time dusting.
    The zero Waste Home blog will be great inspiration! It was for me… Her message is great. And extreme. You will not want to be her or her house. Extreme minimalism. However, the money that you will save on cleaning and the calm environment that is fosters will be worth it! Look up the Sunset House video tour.

    LindyMay 5th, 2014  12:18 PM

  • Gotta love minimalism.

    yalayalaaMay 5th, 2014  5:57 PM

  • Letting go is at first painful but then feels SO great and brings such good energy and inspiration. I’m nearly done with a major clearing right now!

    ElleMay 5th, 2014  6:13 PM

  • Thank you Preston, you are alway so inspirational, whether it’s wardrobe or home.

    HeatherMay 5th, 2014  7:05 PM

  • Well… I am moving after 20 years in the same house and passing on of my husband, whom I loved dearly, but was a shocking hoarder! I would recommend TWO clean outs , the first basically right away and the second six or seven months later. The second one is a beauty….when you REALLY get rid of so much stuff after the great feeling you experience the first time!!!! Also moving to a MUCH smaller home so minimal will be a must!!! Doreen, Adelaide, South Australia

    DoreenMay 6th, 2014  1:04 AM

  • How chic !!! is my Mum, Doreen above !! I’m 53 so you can imagine my Mums age. She is an inspariation to both her daughters. She is very much in the now commenting on blogs, she also is a great exponent of that is not my age!! She would have read my email, clicked to the blog and then responded all on her ipad that she types on about 100 words per minute.
    Whilst my Mum, has been de cluttering I have decluttered my wardrobe, at the moment I have edited my winter wardrobe down to just black,grey and cream. All the other coloured items I took to Mum , when we had the best family holiday last week. Mum modelled all the looks I put together for her. Mum kept saying wow I never knew I could look like this.

    As my Mum moves to her ” new home ” ( it was an investment property for herself) she inspires , guides and sets the best example of how to live a good life with experiences rather than things , and style that is always chic.
    Happy Mothers Day Mum and other keep it chic ers

    Gillian ,Melbourne ,Vic ,AustraliaMay 6th, 2014  10:56 PM

  • The summation of the zero waste blog in the end is “experiences” not “things.” Thanks Gillian – lovely comment! It frees us up make the things we have our “workhorses” in Preston’s words and let go to spend our time more wisely!

    LindyMay 7th, 2014  9:29 AM


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