Today's topic is stocktaking. It’s about evaluating, and goes a little deeper than decluttering, as it’s a moment that requires you to stop and take stock of your life more widely; we can never extricate external factors from our personal lives and our homes. I believe a big part of the desire to overhaul our homes to be more functional stems from a longing to live more intentionally. Modern life is busy and it’s stressful and I think many of us don't feel anchored at times and get swept away in it. We want our homes to be—in a best-case scenario—a kind of haven from everything else that's going on, it's about making space in our homes and our lives for the good stuff, but at the very least we don't want it to be something that adds to our woes. Decluttering is a great tool for that, as it gives you a clearer space to work from, but it also reveals a lot about you! And that’s the fascinating thing about it. By considering what our core values are, and the lives we envision for ourselves we can then consider how we can ensure that that process is as sustainable as possible, and how we can apply that to not only decluttering, but to our waste more generally, as well as looking forward into the post-decluttering phase.