Looking to Start a Home Cleanse this Month?
“Unlike a trendy New Year juice cleanse, a home cleanse is guaranteed to make you feel good (#hangry is so 2015), and will have lasting benefits for you (and your guests!) throughout the year. Putting away the Christmas decor was just a warm up — consider this list, from Vancouver stylist Nicole Sjostedt, your new home workout regime.
Purge the Guilt Items. What is a “guilt” item you ask? Sjostedt says these are things you try to convince yourself you still love. Three to four times a year, the stylist takes a good hard look at her rooms and wardrobe to decide which pillows and throws still hold a place in her heart. Because if you don’t love it, cut it. “I have an account set up with a great second-hand/resale shop for clothing and furniture, Turnabout on South Granville. I turn in my purged items making new space and possibly new spots to be filled.”
Use It or Lose It. “Unless it has a purpose, it’s not allowed,” says Sjostedt. Take for example a recent convo the stylist had with one of her clients: “We had gone through her house before the holidays and decided to clean out eight years of buildup. I found two un-opened tablecloths from Costco. One red and one black. I asked her, ‘When do you use these?’ and her answer was, ‘They were so cheap I just had to buy them in case.’ That’s a big NO in my books — unless there is a specific use, no way!” As they continued through the cleaning process, Sjostedt also found several sets of forgotten placemats the homeowner admitted she didn’t even like. This is wasted money and space says the stylist, who then found her more neutral placemats that worked for her space all the time and limited her to just this one set. “Use the set you have until they look like you need new ones.”
Trim to Slim. You’ve heard it before: it’s quality over quantity. “When there is less stuff filling up space, you have room to actually see the beautiful stuff you have and appreciate it,” she says.”