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Live more with less!

Live more with less

Bask in new-found space and freedom from ‘stuff’


Apart from a calm and clean home, decluttering has many life-enhancing advantages including more cash to spend on experiences rather than ‘stuff’ and a happier state of mind free of the compulsion to purchase more.

How should you declutter?

Tackle an area of one room at a time. Hold each item you find and ask yourself, ‘Do I love it or is it useful?’ If the answer is no then it should go. Tips on recycling and selling can be found in the Dairy Diary Live more with lessarticle.

Sort items into different boxes, each labelled with its destination e.g. charity shop, car boot sale etc.

Don’t try to declutter the whole house at once. Plan it in your diary, allocating time to each room, and give yourself a break in-between; otherwise you may just become demotivated by the whole process.

The full article can be found on page 28, Dairy Diary 2019 now available for just £8.50.


Dairy Diary 2019





How to make a difference and clear your clutter

Clear Your Clutter Day

10 top tips for clearing clutter

I am a serial declutterer. Whilst I am not a minimalist fan (I love to be surrounded by things that evoke memories), I do feel happier and calmer in a tidy home.

As well as enjoying tidiness, I get a warm fuzzy feeling from the email I get from Barnardo’s, which tells me how much my unwanted goods have sold for. As I have a gift aid number with the charity, it’s linked to my email address, and any goods sold are totted up and reported back to me.

Seeing the pounds rack up gives a real sense of making a difference.

Clear Your Clutter Day is a great
opportunity to have a good sort

out and donate your stuff to charity.

Here are a few tips:

1 Hang a reusable shopping bag in a cupboard or on a hook, so you have a constant receptacle for unwanted items.

2 Read about your chosen charity online. Their good work will inspire you to declutter and donate.

3 Have you worn something that you felt didn’t really suit you? Pop it in the wash, then into the charity bag.

4 Once you’ve read a novel, donate it. How often do you ever read a book twice?

5 Apart from ‘occasion’ clothes, if there’s something you haven’t worn for 6 months, give it away.

6 Just tackle one ‘area’ at a time. Choose a cupboard/wardrobe etc. and spend half an hour sorting through it. Empty out the ‘area’ and think about if you when you last used each item or if you really love it. Ditch unused or unloved things.

7 Buy an inexpensive but pretty set of baskets or boxes for your cupboards/shelves. They help to keep everything tidy and discourage you from putting junk back.

8 Don’t forget the kitchen! How many mugs and Tupperware boxes (without lids?) do you really need?

9 Sort through your make-up and throw away anything that’s over 12 months old as they can harbour nasty bacteria. Mascaras should be renewed every 3 months.

10 Empty your handbag of all its papers and receipts. Write down appointments and notes in your Dairy Diary and stow anything crucial in the pocket.





Declutter your mind in five easy steps

Declutter your mind in 5 easy steps


Declutter your mind in five easy steps

Plus gorgeous Raspberry & White Chocolate Muffins

 It’s been an unbelievably busy few weeks in the Dairy Diary office, with five products going to print last Thursday.

Combined with the minutia of daily
life with three children, this resulted
in a VERY cluttered mind.

Now the deadlines have passed and we can enjoy a long weekend, it is definitely time to address this. In our past-paced lives it’s so important for all of us to take a little time out and follow a few simple steps to de-stress and declutter our minds.


Here are Dairy Diary’s top tips on how to declutter your mind and feel more serene:

Get everything out of your head onto paper
Use your Dairy Diary to record events that you need to remember and tasks that you want to achieve.

But! Keep only one to-do list
Lists everywhere don’t help at all. Use the daily entries or notes pages in your Dairy Diary to consolidate everything that you need/want to do.

Walk for 20 minutes every day
If at all possible, find a 20 minute window in your diary every day to go out for a walk. Write it in your diary and you’re more likely to do it. This valuable solitude away from the stresses and strains will give you space to think and clear your mind of clutter.

Meet up with friends
It may be tricky to find a time when you’re all free, but do try to put a date in your diary to meet up with friends – even if you have to book it in weeks in advance. A chat and a good laugh works wonders and really helps to get everything out of your head.

Limit technology
With smartphones, tablets and a million and one things online we are constantly bombarded by information. Unless it’s essential for work, only check emails and social media once or twice a day – not every 2 minutes!

I’ll certainly be following these valuable tips, taking time to relax and getting my sanity back! Chill out and enjoy Bank Holiday Monday everyone.


And talking of relaxing……..I find one of the best ways to relax is to bake. Today, I’ll be baking these pretty and scrumptious muffins from the 2015 Dairy Diary.


Raspberry & White Chocolate Muffins

Raspberry and white chocolate muffinsTime 40 mins
Serves 10
Calories 331
Fat 14g of which 7.6g is saturated
Suitable for freezing
Suitable for vegetarians

Plain flour 300g (11oz)
Baking powder 3 tsp
Bicarbonate of soda ½ tsp
Caster sugar 110g (4oz)
Butter 75g (3oz), melted
Eggs 3
Natural fat free yogurt 150g (5oz)
Vanilla essence 1 tsp
Raspberries 175g (6oz)
White chocolate 175g (6oz), diced

1 Preheat oven to 190°C/Gas 5. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with 10 muffin cases.

2 Mix flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and sugar together in a bowl.

3 Whisk butter, eggs, yogurt and vanilla together in a second bowl until just mixed then add to dry ingredients and combine. Add raspberries and 110g (4oz) chocolate, mix together and then spoon into muffin cases.

4 Bake for 15-20 minutes until well risen and golden. Leave to cool in tin for 10 minutes then cool on a wire rack. Melt remaining chocolate in a bowl over a pan of gently simmering water and drizzle over muffins. Leave for 5-10 minutes to set.

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