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Declutter your Life

DECLUTTER YOUR LIFE (AND YOUR CUTLERY DRAWER)! OUR FAVOURITE MINIMALISM TREND FOR 2019

A new start to a new year means many things, but without fail the world is always interested in one ever-changing area – trends. From interiors to hobbies, we’re forever seeing new styles and ideas popping up. We’ve already seen the latest pantone colours hitting trade shows, catwalks and every media outlet you can think and even a wide range desirable of the shapes, finishes for furnishings in every room in the house. But as award-winning cutlery designers, we’re not only interested in how your home looks and feels. We’re about lifestyle, as a whole.

The dining experience is one which we all take part in, every day, so this in its essence is a core part of living and therefore, lifestyle. Because of this, we feel as though the latest lifestyle trends you may choose to incorporate in your life this year could very well impact your cutlery drawers too, with one in particular coming to mind: Decluttering.

Decluttering both your home and your mind is an activity we’ve seen garnering attention towards the end of 2018 and this is one we would like to offer up to all of you for consideration in todays blog…

DECLUTTER YOUR LIFE

Accumulating ‘stuff’ is a very human habit, albeit an outdated one. Many scientists have theorised that the pull to buy and store things we don’t need or even really want stems from a natural and adaptive instinct run amok. To hoard food, furs and all of those essentials for survival that are simply not essential anymore. As a result, we are still compelled to gather but rather than fulfilling a need, instead we are now left feeling stressed, unable to focus and unsatisfied.

On the surface, this means Gubbins on shelves, unused kitchen appliances and mounting trinkets but to reap the full benefits of Decluttering (of which there are many), you must extend your clear out to the hidden away too. Wardrobes full of clothes you don’t want should be streamlined to contain only the items you love and of course kitchen cupboards and drawers should be the same.

Although simply tidying up can make you feel a whole lot better, the act of Decluttering (actually getting rid of everything you don’t love or regularly use, rather than hiding it away for another day) enables you to make active decisions about what belongs in your life right now – living firmly in the present rather than hanging onto the past. In this, we are given the opportunity to release not only material clutter, but emotional too, making this the perfect way to start the new year.

HOW TO DECLUTTER YOUR HOME

Decluttering expert and author of ‘Declutter’ Deborah Roberston claims to have transformed her life with this lifestyle hack and now, encourages others to do the same. Here, she offers a few tips on how you can Declutter your own home:

I recommend going for it in bursts, so you can dive in with as much energy as you can muster. 15 minutes is all you need – set the task of ditching 15 things in that time. Another favourite trick of mine is to hang a tote bag on every door and put things you don’t need or love into them as you potter around. At the end of each week, sort into rubbish, recycle and donate.

Good enough is good enough. Banish the paralyzing tyranny of perfectionism. Give yourself permission to do things imperfectly. Don’t set yourself up for failure by setting impossibly high standards.

Plan rewards. Take a walk, see a film or read a book when you’ve completed a task – anything that will give you pleasure (apart from shopping).

KEEP WHAT YOU LOVE, DITCH WHAT YOU DON’T

We live in a consumerist society and you’ll be hard pressed to find someone who isn’t tempted by the pull of a sale or a cheap alternative. This is one thing that has led many of us to live a cluttered life and the demand for budget mass production puts a huge environmental strain on our planet too.

The Studio William top tip for Decluttering: Keep What You Love, Ditch What You Don’t

And from here on out, make a promise to yourself that you will only buy products that fit into this ideal.

As you will have learned from previous Studio William blogs, cutlery can be so much more than just eating utensils. Each piece we have designed is created to enhance the dining experience, which is why we are favoured by Michelin star restaurants and luxury hotels all over the world. When Decluttering your home, pay attention to how your cutlery drawer makes you feel. Is it full of unappealing instruments? Is it mismatched? Or overflowing with far too many pieces?

Perhaps now is the time to change this and as a result, Declutter your life just that little bit more. We think the elegant simplicity of our Balsa, Baobab and Tilia ranges fit the bill beautifully – which will you choose?


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