It’s that time of the year again where most do their “Spring Cleaning”. You might be raising your eyebrows reading this article somewhere wherein you’re bundled up and can hear some wood burning from your fireplace but if you live in a tropical country like me, then you’ll understand that Spring Season doesn’t really come around, hence, you just pick anytime you want to declutter.
Enough explanation….focus on the goal! DECLUTTER!
We all have our own affection especially emotional attachment with some of our material things. Most of us won’t admit but this surely have grown into a bad habit. This is what the Dklutter Community aims all of us to realise.
From being a runway model, founding a popular Facebook group, Singapore Expat Women, to starting a Lifestyle magazine, The Living 360 magazine, being the brainchild of a chic homeware brand that houses the highest quality products, Maison By Amanda Dyer, and let’s not forget she’s also a mom of 3, Amanda seems to have her hands too full already.
Having lived most of her life overseas, she surely can relate with most of us on owning stuff. What’s great is what this experience have taught her especially with the difficulty with a lot of stuff in tow whenever she needed to move. That’s why she founded Dklutter!
Hear more on how Self-Care and some decluttering tips for Amanda herself!
MWAG: Tell us more about yourself, the company and how you’ve gotten into this idea of decluttering.
Amanda: When you have lived in so many cities like I have, you eventually develop a decluttering mindset. From a young age, I have been on the move – from New York to Tokyo to Germany to Singapore and now Australia. It’s human nature to ‘collect’ things along the way and eventually you sit on a pile of things that all have some kind of sentimental meaning and become difficult to part with.
For me the light bulb moment came when I lived in Tokyo for many years. I completely resonated with the Japanese culture and minimalistic mindset. Less is more. I loved the way they arranged their spaces and maximised the (often) very small apartments and living spaces.
I’ve always wanted to help people think this way and live a life that was more organised. One day I woke up and decided to do it for real.
Say hello to Dklutter – a project years in the making!
MWAG: What does Self-Care mean to you?
Amanda: To me, self care can be defined as the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness. This can be related to health, relationships and definitely in creating ‘happy spaces’.
I believe that if you care about your surroundings where you spend ample time, you will undoubtedly become happier.
MWAG: How does Dklutter differ from decluttering movements such as the well known KonMari method?
Amanda: Marie Kondo definitely brought a lot of attention to the decluttering movement. We are not trying to compete with the KonMari method but in fact compliment it in many ways.
For us, the message is simple – Commit to the process (mentally), then reverse engineer everything from there. This is a mindset shift and definitely a long game.
MWAG: Do you consider decluttering just a fad?
Amanda: No. It’s a lifestyle – just ask generations of Japanese people (as a start).
MWAG: What do you find the hardest part of decluttering in your clients?
Amanda: Without doubt the hardest thing is making sure that they are mentally committed to the process firstly and then maintaining it all. A few of our clients took a few months to fully click into the mindset and when they did – the magic happened!
MWAG: Any tips for someone who wants to start decluttering but has always seemed to find an excuse of doing so.
Yes, start with one room and commit to that. It’s addictive and slowly you will start applying the passion to other rooms. I’ve seen this on countless occasion.
I also encourage my clients and friends to group their everyday items into groups. One group should be items you literally use on a daily basis and the other should be items you haven’t used in 6 months and then a third group for items you haven’t touched in a year. It’s a great exercise and I often get calls from them super surprised by how many items they have in the second and third groups.
From here, the process starts.
MWAG: For those who have started decluttering, how can they make this a sustainable lifestyle and make a clutter-free life have a positive effect on their Self-Care.
Amanda: Typically, those who start will get addicted to the lifestyle and tend to stick with it. For many it’s about getting started in the first place.
They need to really think about each item before buying it. Ask yourself the following questions:
- What will I really be using this for?
- Will I really use it?
- Where will it be stored?
- Is this a need or a want?
- Can I live without it?
After some time, this will become second nature.
Getting ready to do your own decluttering? Gather more tips from this article too!
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