By Tatler Hong Kong
Some fast and effective ways to channel that less is more ethos in your living area
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It is never too late to follow the wise teachings of Marie Kondo and start decluttering your home, creating a cleaner, more organised living area that will bring some much-needed serenity to your busy day. Some simple changes in the bedroom, bathroom and living room will cut out unnecessary stress and allow you to make the most of your downtime at home.
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Decluttering your home can be a daunting process so ease into it by targeting the areas that you spend the most time in. Simply cutting back on the items around your bed might make a world of difference, creating an oasis of calm that will help you feel more relaxed, closer to bedtime.
Start by minimizing the items on the bedside table—everyone loves to lounge in bed, so it is tempting to keep everything within arm’s reach, whether it is your laptop, phone, collection of books, water bottle or lip balm. Limit the amount to just a few essentials—such as the book you are currently reading, a glass of water and a candle. If you have a long list of favourites that you love to have at your bedside, consider investing in a table with a small drawer to store away items such as your journal, hand cream and aromatherapy oils.
It might seem odd to invest in more items when you are trying to declutter but a pretty, roomy basket provides a home to stash away the extra blankets, pillows, hot water bottle, fluffy socks and other items that you sometimes need at night and want to have within easy reach, but which becomes unnecessary clutter on other days.
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More often than not, your bathroom is the first place you head to once you wake up and start to get ready for a day at work. All of us are guilty of having a bathroom cabinet crammed with half-empty bottles of toner, serum, moisturiser and more—some of which are slowly inching towards their expiry date and are getting less effective by the day as they are already opened. Be diligent about keeping just the products that you use regularly, so you can streamline your beauty routine and make sure all the products are at its best.
If you’ve amassed a lot of samples and travel-sized beauty products, stash it all away in a box and dip into it when you are packing for a holiday—trial-sized packs of moisturisers and sleeping masks are ideal for long-haul flights. Make sure you choose a transparent storage container, so you will remember it’s there and needs to be used up.
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