• Cecilia Macaulay

Declutter, Reset, Enjoy: Cecilia's Five Steps.

Updated: Dec 17, 2019



Step One

Find a problem

Something unlovely about your life you want to change, yet don't know how. 'I want more time' 'I want more romance with my husband' or 'I wish my children would help with housework, unasked'.

Changing your environment makes all sorts of miracles happen. Ask Big.


Step Two

The Postcard Method

With a friend, analyze why these objects in the postcards look good together and see if you can find a theme. These 10 photos represent your style DNA, the way of creating beauty you are already doing. Then describe what is unlovely about the anti-postcards, and how these objects came to be together. that really shouldn't be together. Nobody would buy these postcards.

Take everything away, wipe the empty space clean, like giving a blessing. Toss obvious rubbish. Then line the remainder up, so you can see clearly. Choose the minimum things needed to get the mission of this space accomplished, and arrange them into 'families': Things that make each other look good and work well together.

In the coming hours and months, expand on your pre-existing loveliness. Subtract the unloveliness to make room, it was never meant to be there.




Step 3

Make Families of Objects.

Start with a productive area, somwhere you make things. Kitchen sink or workdesk are great.

Take everything away, wipe the empty space clean, like giving a blessing. Toss obvious rubbish. Then line the remainder up, so you can see clearly. Choose the minimum things needed to get the mission of this space accomplished, and arrange them into 'families'; Things that make each other look good and work well together.





Step 4

Place things in Zones.

That's no fun, or you would have been doing it all along. Each night, and after every burst of activity, re-beautify this space. Send things back to their families. Re-set to Standard, like in the photo you took. What to do will be so obvious it happens almost without thinking. Its now Second Nature.




Step 5

and all the days to come


Don't Tidy up

Thats no fun, or you would have been doing it all along. Each night, and after every burst of activity, re-beautify this space. Send things back to their families. Re-set to Standard, like in the photo you took. What to do will be so obvious it happens almost without thinking. Its now Second Nature.















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