When my little family and I first relocated to Yass (from Brisbane), we were put up in a furnished apartment close to my partner’s office while we looked for a rental property.
It felt like an immense luxury and I still feel very privileged and grateful for that opportunity.
One of the biggest takeaways from that experience was what we had available to us in that little apartment.
Apart from our personal items and what we needed for our 7-month-old son, the apartment had a little kitchenette with cutlery and crockery for four people, a toaster and kettle, a small pot and pan, basic utensils (a spatula, spoon, knives etc).
And for cleaning, we had a broom, a vacuum cleaner, a dustpan and brush, and a few cloths for cleaning and drying up.
It was just the basics, but still, everything we needed.
You might notice the same if you rent accommodation for the holidays, or even when you pack for camping.
One of the best parts about going away is the clean slate it offers.
By only having the essentials you don’t feel overwhelmed with choice or expectations.
You find ways to make do or do without.
I’ve never heard anyone say, “I hate holidays, there’s never enough to clean!”
So, how do you apply that to your everyday life with all the things you already own?
It’s not practical to empty your house to see what you can live without, and only put back the essentials.
BUT you can still pay attention next time you take a holiday.
Pay attention to things like what is available to you, what you pack, what you use, what you missed, and what you didn’t miss.
Make notes if you want. Take photos of the space you’re in to remind you how it felt.
How might this change your perspective on your everyday life?
And, how can you use this to help you declutter and organise your home before the holiday glow wears off?