- Nazanine Eslamdoust
Curtains, candles, and clothes
Let me tell you a little story about me.
When I moved into my first-ever apartment, I had absolutely no idea how to make a place a home or knew anything about interior design and/or how to decorate a place.
So, I did what everyone else did at that point in their life: I went to the Swedish-place-with-the-blue-and-yellow-logo.
I bought everything one needs in their first apartment, aaaand obviously a bunch of candles.
Everything, except curtains! I wanted to avoid putting holes in the walls (don’t ask!), and just didn’t like the idea all together.
When I was done, I was happy and felt at home.
But, after a while, I kept on complaining to everyone that “something was missing” to make it extra cosy.
My mum came to visit.
She told me it missed curtains.
I said no and continued buying decorations stuff at the Swedish-place-with-the-blue-and-yellow-logo (and a bunch of candles) hoping it would help.
My sister came to visit
She told me it missed curtains too.
But I said no and continued buying decorations stuff at the Swedish-place-with-the-blue-and-yellow-logo (and a bunch of candles) hoping it would help.
My best friend (who is a professional interior designer) came to visit.
She told me it missed curtains, you know, knowing a thing or two about that.
But, I said no again and continued buying decorations stuff at the Swedish-place-with-the-blue-and-yellow-logo (and a bunch of candles) hoping it would help.
After years of missing that little final cosy touch, I finally bought some curtains (and again, a bunch of candles 🙄).
And surprise, surprise: it worked!
Why I didn’t listen, when people with more experience and expertise explained to me that I needed curtains, I’ll never know.
I lost so much time, energy, AND money. (Think about all those decorations stuff AND ALL THOSE CANDLES.)
Now, do you want to know what is that ONE thing about decluttering I advise people to do and get a lot of resistance to?
The fact that when you really want to declutter your home, you need to begin with your clothes.
I mean, I understand when it comes from.
A lot of people, and maybe you too, get overwhelmed just thinking about going through their closet.
They think: “The woman is crazy. Clothes are too much. I’d rather begin with the drawer of shame in the entry. MUCH easier!”
I get it.
But I am not talking about the easiest way, I am talking about the BEST way.
Going through your clothes, you will:
learn how to make decisions about keeping and letting things go with confidence and conviction.
get the biggest momentum to continue after the clothes: Imagine the impact when your closet brings joy into your day every morning!
So, trust me on this one, Nazanine, if you want to declutter your home, begin with your clothes.
Until next time,
PS: If you want to detox your closet, and would like my help with that, have a look here.