Every truly successful decluttering endeavor starts with a dream. Yes, you heard me! You must dream of what your ideal life and space would be. If you have no ideal or inspiration, then there is no guiding star to the madness that you are about to undertake. Because believe me, to declutter, you will first have to get very cluttered.
For any great change to happen in our lives, there must first be a revolution. It will be tough, it will be emotional, but the results - a truly MinimaLUXE life - is well and truly worth it.
Here's what I do to get inspired... to dream!
Watch inspiring TV shows
Say you are moving homes, or moving countries - like I do every 2-3 years - I like to watch shows like House Hunters International. It gets me psyched!
if you want to embark on a more minimalist life, watch MINIMALISM on Netflix.
If you would like to redo a room, or your whole house watch The Great Interior Design Challenge.
Or you can also watch Marie Kondo Youtube videos. Here are some of my favorites. I totally re-watch them when I need a push while decluttering.
Seriously, before going into the task of decluttering, watch something with your spouse, and believe me, you will have more enthusiastic participants!
Create an Inspiration Board
If you like to do it manually, which I don't recommend, because it will just add to the clutter you already have, then by all means. However the most practical way to create a dream board, that you will actually use, instead of just forget and store (More clutter I tell you!), is to do a Pinterest Board. Check out some of the boards I've done before embarking on a project below:
- Home Inspiration - You can see how my taste has evolved over time
- Organizers - Where I save all the cool home organizing inspo I find online
- Studio Interiors - Not only was this my inspo board, but also my online shopping list for the studio that I was renovating.
- Workspace - My dream workspace!
The beauty of Pinterest Boards is that you can keep it a secret, and/or have several contributors. Invite your spouse, interior designer and decluttering consultant to the board so they can contribute and comment. It is also easy to delete pins, so you can refine the look of your space as you go along.
What inspires me now? After going through different phases - my first home in Indonesia started with dark wood furniture - I can now say that I dream of #WhiteLiving. Of all the hashtags that make me swoon, and gives me the tingles up and down my spine, it is pictures of Scandinavian interiors, white on white with neutrals, golds and natural greens, that truly make me happy. So I totally went for it!
Repetition of colors, soothe and relax me. Going home is something that I look forward to because I've created a space that speaks to me. What styles do you love and make you feel "home?" Dare to dream and we can make your #minimaLUXE dreams come true!
Some favorite parts of my home...