Getting Married “Down Under”

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First you need to provide your birth certificate or passport in English, or an official translation of the document from another language.

Every year, hundreds of couples from the UK travel to the other side of the world, or as many refer to it – ‘Down-Under’ to get married. Perhaps it has always been your dream to visit Australia, to see the spectacular Sydney Opera House right on Sydney Harbour, to dive through the beautiful blue waves on Bondi Beach or to travel into the red centre and visit Uluru – the true Aboriginal name for Ayres Rock and see the sun rising over its massive height, turning the rock into a huge red and golden spectacular?

Perhaps your honeymoon dream has been to cruise the Whitsunday Passage calling in at all the islands along the way or to bask in the warm tropical sunshine up at Cairns and Port Douglas in North Queensland? Perhaps the attraction for you are the famous vineyards of the Margaret River south of Perth in Western Australia or the stark white sands of Broome on the north west reaches of this vast and wonderful land?

Each year Civil Marriage Celebrant Wendy Bull marries hundreds and hundreds of couples who travel to Sydney – to escape the Winter ills and chills of the UK, and to escape the enormous costs of the large full on, family wedding. Instead couples choose to combine their romantic wedding day with a wonderful and memorable honeymoon to follow, Down-Under.

So where can you get married?
That’s an easy one to answer – you can get married absolutely anywhere in Australia, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week there are no restrictions as to where or when you can get married. You don’t have to get married in a certain registered venue – there’s no such thing in Australia.

Two firm favourites to get married in Sydney are both on Bondi Beach with the water lapping at your feet, or in the beautiful and picturesque Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens which overlook the Opera House on Sydney Harbour with the Harbour Bridge as your backdrop in the west and city skyline to the south – these are easy choices to make. The gardens are right in the city only 5-10 minutes by taxi from most hotels.

Perhaps you might like to choose getting married while sailing around Sydney Harbour on a yacht or standing on the headlands of North Head overlooking the sparkling Tasman Sea, looking out towards New Zealand. If you have your heart set on a chapel wedding, there’s one right in the city. Alternatively weddings are performed in the Celebrant’s apartment or in the couple’s hotel suite or hotel function room. There are lots of lovely spots along the foreshores of Sydney Harbour looking across at the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, or perhaps you might like to hire a small pavilion in the Chinese Gardens of Friendship at Darling Harbour then wander along afterwards to sample one of the many restaurants, cafes or trendy bars to celebrate! Some choose to do it ‘their way’ and take a helicopter flight whilst zooming over Sydney city skyline with its Harbour and beaches down below. For the whole family I have even hired a DC3. Sydney Harbour Bridge is another option and a great attraction, or on the steps of the Opera House. Perhaps you prefer to be up at the top of the Sydney Tower with its amazing views stretching right out across the western side of Sydney towards the Blue Mountains.Any venue option can be organised and hired for you by the Celebrant – whatever your budget there is always something for you in Sydney to make your day a very special one indeed.

So many honeymoon options…
Do you wish to also spend most of your honeymoon time in Sydney?
A huge hint of advice here – do not hire a car in Sydney or in any large city, unless you are familiar with the usual city CBD road complex (they’re very busy places, as you find in all large cities world-wide). Public transport by bus, train or ferry are the way to go, and daily or weekly passes are easily obtainable and very economical. Just jump off any bus, train or ferry and hop on another by simply showing your pass. And while you’re having that once in a life-time honeymoon, visit the world famous Aquarium at Darling Harbour within walking distance from the city, sample from the many trendy cafes and bars in and around the city and Darling Harbour, or visit the Taronga Park Zoo right beside Sydney Harbour – just take a ferry. Take a train (the 8.23am from Central Station) or a guided bus tour (highly recommended) to the Blue Mountains to see the 3 Sisters, the famous rock formations at Katoomba – there is so much to see and do in and out of Sydney while visiting. A piece of advice here – never ‘book’ a taxi in the city – just wave one down and hop in. No point in getting lost on your wedding day or when sight-seeing!

For something a little different, why not experience an outback trip to a sheep & cattle station or join a National Park tour?

So many choices!

Your wedding dream can be very easily turned into reality as it’s also a very easy process to get married in Australia. What are the legal procedures?
Again, very easy. The Civil Marriage Celebrant will send you the ‘Notice of Intended Marriage’ which you must complete and have witnessed no less than a calendar month prior to the marriage but obviously most couples do this many months, sometimes years before they travel, generally as soon as they have decided to get married Down-Under.

You then simply get your signatures witnessed on this form, either at Australia House in The Strand, London or by a Notary which can be located through any lawyers or solicitors firm in all area of the UK. You then send this form to the Celebrant for lodgement. The other legal requirements are quite straight forward, you must be over the age of 18 years and either single/divorced/widowed. (Divorce and death documents or your former spouse must be shown to the celebrant prior to marriage).

Two witnesses must attend the ceremony – the photographer can even be a witness!
After your wedding the Celebrant will register your marriage and will arrange for your Registered Marriage Certificate from the Government to be mailed to you or if time permits, you can collect it yourselves the next working day and take it home with you, as legal proof of marriage. And in case you’re wondering – your marriage in Australia is 100% legal and is legally recognised world-wide, and you do not even have to notify the UK authorities of your marriage upon return, as you will be legally registered here in Australia, a British Commonwealth country.

What can we have for our ceremony?
Often asked questions are, ‘what can we have for our ceremony’ and ‘how long will it take?’
Most celebrants will send you a comprehensive Ceremony Guide from which to choose your own very special wording. There are selections of verses and vows – again the choice is yours.
Alternatively, you may wish to write your own vows and exchange of ring words.

You can either opt for a traditionally worded ceremony or a contemporary one – you may like to include some of your own traditions and practices and can even include spiritual or religious wording.

A Celebrant can perform any type of ceremony you want, from Rose, Candle & Sand ceremonies to either a religious or non-religious ceremony, this is entirely up to you what you choose to have. Many couples from the UK wish to incorporate Celtic Hand Fasting into their ceremony, an age-old tradition where a binding is tied and knotted around the couples hands – this is where the words ‘tying of the knot’ comes from.Many choose to have this and often, with the sounds of a professional bagpiper playing in the background.Most ceremonies are not too long, around 15-25 minutes but again, this decision is yours….it can be as short or as long as you wish.

What needs to be organised in advance?
The Celebrant will book the place of marriage of your choice for you, for the date and time you wish to get married. Most couples arrive a couple of days prior to the ceremony, to recover from jet-lag, get their bearings and meet with the Celebrant to finalise any paperwork.

There is generally a fee which must be paid to local councils for getting married in a park, garden or on a beach, but there are also a few wonderful free spots which don’t cost a cent. The Celebrant will also organise a photographer if you wish to have one. Small 1-2 hours packages are usually the idea here, shots taken throughout the ceremony and then afterward, in and around the place of marriage.Photos and CDs can be delivered to the couple prior to leaving, if spending a few extra days in Sydney after the wedding.The Celebrant can also arrange for a bouquet and button hole, make-up and hair, a bridal car, champagne, a wedding cake, a live trio, bagpipes and so on.Of course all these are totally optional but for most and the absolutely budget conscious, you don’t need any of the trimmings whatsoever – just be here! The Celebrant, the 2 witnesses (arranged for you), and yourselves, under the Australian sun.

Of course there is no need to bring or buy a wedding gown or suit, most couples who come to Australia from the UK just get married in casual dress, something which is easy to pack and something which you can wear along the way. Some have even just worn their shorts and T. shirts – it’s your day so wear whatever you wish. And there are no restrictions in Australia, of what time you can get married as you can marry any time day or night 24/7. And there is no waiting period – providing you have completed all the necessary paperwork with the Celebrant you can get married the minute you put foot on Australian soil.

Once I married a couple in the Arrival Lounge at Sydney’s International Airport as they were getting a connecting flight straight out west to Uluru and they wanted to arrive there ‘married’.
Another couple chose right on midnight with flickering candles under the southern stars as this signified the time of their marriage proposal.Another favourite is under an Australian Gum tree with kookaburras – you’ll get this in the Royal Botanic Gardens even, and another favourite is sailing across Sydney Harbour.

An intimate wedding or a ‘family & friends’ occasion?
Often whole families come along – many couples from the UK bring families and their children with them. Parents often come too (they’re great baby-sitters) and sometimes even the grandparents fly in as well (also great baby-sitters). There are some good apartment style accommodation available right in the heart of the city which makes it an easy idea and base for families. It is often a wonderful reason (or is it an excuse?) for parents and family members to fulfil their dream of travelling to Australia and to combine it with a beautiful, cost-effective family wedding.

If you have friends already living here who are attending the ceremony, they can act as the witnesses, however witnesses can be arranged for you by the Celebrant. Some couples have even decided to immigrate after experiencing Australia – they can’t resist the friendliness, the warm sunshine and their future prospects.

One most memorable wedding I officiated in the Royal Botanic Gardens, the bride and groom from Sussex had no guests – just the 2 legal witnesses which had been arranged for them. We were about to start the ceremony when suddenly 4 people came running across the lawn. You guessed it, both parents had travelled to Australia and sprung the big surprise! There were tears and laughter, intermingled with happiness and the wedding proceeded as planned. We popped a few champagne corks afterward just as the sun was setting in the west behind the Opera House – what a day to remember!

The majority of couples though who come to Australia to get married just prefer an intimate wedding ceremony on their own, to escape the often huge wedding drama and generally, no-one back home knows. After the ceremony and photo shoot, the couple go to the restaurant of their choice and spend a romantic evening wining and dining in one of the many 5 star restaurants overlooking Sydney Harbour, and upon their return to the UK they have a surprise and relaxed party to celebrate with their family and friends.

What’s the first step?
Convinced to travel Down-Under and get married? Well, it’s now time to organise your airline bookings and hotel accommodation. Your local travel agent will help with some great deals available or go on-line for cheaper options.

And then of course, most importantly, contact the Celebrant to book in your day and time for the ceremony and then, start packing your bags. C’mon we’re waiting for you, Down-Under. Under the lazy, warm, blue Australian Summer skies.

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5 Tips For a Speedy Recovery After Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser Clinic Sydney will treat various type of skin acne and eben infections. Various people have tattoos that they mourn getting. Fortunately, advances in development have made it possible to oust these past stumbles from the skin. Laser tattoo removal incorporates breaking the shaded shades of the tattoo with a machine that releases a high-constrain light outflow. To deflect skin pollutions, changes in the skin surface, and other undesirable responses, it’s critical to hold fast to all aftercare rules given by your dermatologist. Use the going with tips to make your recovery as quick and easy as could be normal considering the present situation.

1. Keep the Area Clean and Dry

It’s run of the mill to experience a grouping of manifestations after laser tattoo ejection. The most generally perceived responses fuse redness, swelling, scabbing, delicacy, annoying, injuring, and hypo-or hyper-pigmentation of the treatment site. To empower the district to recover, it’s basic to gently clean the impacted skin with smooth chemical and water. Compliment the zone dry after each cleansing, shower, or shower.

2. Oversee Blisters Wisely

In case a tattoo is truly new, thick with ink, or if the skin is exceptionally delicate, an individual may experience bothering after the treatment. Bothering may appear as something like one ascent on the best layer of skin. Annoying will ordinarily last three to five days and should not be bothered in the midst of this recovering period. If a bother ends up troublesome, warily cut it with a disinfected needle. Empower the annoy to drain and promptly apply an enemy of contamination emollient and cover with wrap.

3. Apply a Cool Compress for Pain

A couple of individuals experience delicate bother after their treatment, similar to a sunburn. To reduce this uneasiness, apply cool packs to the impacted area as required in the days following the technique. Cool packs can in like manner lessen customary disturbance and swelling of the skin. Over-the-counter help with inconvenience drugs can in like manner be coordinated. Refrain from tolerating cerebral pain prescription as it can construct your threat of depleting and injuring.

4. Wear Loose, Soft Clothing

Redness and delicacy of the treatment site are greatly fundamental after laser tattoo removal . These responses can occur for up to 72 hours after the strategy. This redness fundamentally exhibits that the best layer of skin is uncommonly sensitive and should be dealt with caution. To keep up a key separation from the disintegration of the skin, wear-free, sensitive pieces of clothing that won’t bother the skin. Breathable cotton is impeccable.

5. Make an effort not to Pick at the Affected Area

In case the locale ends up disturbed or chafed, you may be lured to contact or pick at the skin as it patches. As your hands may contain risky organisms, it’s earnest not to contact the repairing skin aside from if fundamental for cleaning purposes. If the zone has crusted over, don’t pick at the scabs, as this can cause unchanging scarring. The treatment site should in like manner not be shaved until the moment that the skin is completely recovered.

Recovery after laser tattoo ejection is truly quick and the risk of tainting is respectably low. By following the tips above, you can confine your peril of defilement and other medicinal issues essentially more. By clinging to proper solid skin rules, you can safely have your tattoo ousted without further issues.

How toxic waste is handled while emptying bio treatment plants

Green waste disposal has proven effective way to recycle the waste in your backyard. Precisely, bio treatment plants are important to refine waste water which is hugely coming from the industrial area. Basically this is a process to resist harmful particle in the water. These plants functioning for process sludge and hard waste, which are placed to use as fertilizer. Twisted stream comes from residential area, organizations and many small occupied shops. Now, contemporary sewage treatment plants are fast replacing septic tank systems for environmental merits and life time solution. This procedure of eliminating and split-up the sludge that change into blackwater or greywater is more acquired by nature. This greywater is customized into re-processed liquor which is used for irrigating the flushing toilets and vegetation.

Here, the role of emptying of bio treatment plants has been loaded for avoiding unwanted hazard. It is necessary to maintain major volumes of input. For years, ash waste served you a necessary solution for this sewage treatment. This is because reduce the harm of resources by as aerobic bacterial digestion which help to neutralize sewage and also break down it. This process is very important to saving their mother earth as they’ll as diseases. For functioning Sewage Treatment Plant you need the support of reputed professionals to process the sewage that accumulates naturally over time. Their these waste disposal services group recommend you to their sewage treatment at least for every 6 to 12 months, to remove the sewage and you panel steady servicing to keep all the electrical and mechanical components in the plant in top condition. The deleterious poisonous substances those are stored and extracted in their plants for proper disposal. These deleterious poisonous may be in both conditions as liquid and solid.

The substances are:

1 Harmful chemical fertilizer

2 Pesticides

3 Bio-contaminants

However, according to these waste disposal services bio treatment plant does half the work. Their significant work will defiantly prove the job done in a proper way, within accurate time and in pocket budget. At these waste disposal services you will get an overall solution for commercial, residential and also emergency waste disposal services in Essex and surrounding areas. This is a group with have licensed protected through Environment Agency and based on Essex. There they’ll-known firm working for 25 years and their service serving best from any organization or individuals as they’ll. By making a relation with us you can make their life very easier through their regular service scheme. It will get benefit for you by include regular Treatment Plant emptying. Their rates provide you a big relaxation due to very low cost. At these waste disposal services bio treatment plant you will get trusted services. They are providing you many services including septic tank/cesspool emptying, sewage plant upgrades, servicing sewage plants and pump repairs, interceptor waste removed and drains cleared. They are also providing their services to fir Sewage Pumping Stations. You can opt services by included choices such as the assessment of ground conditions, Building regulations and license applications, Required excavation work, Pipework and drainage, Electrical work and Installation and commissioning of the plant.

The Best Garbage Disposal for Your Kitchen


Have you ever been to your local hardware store and seen a huge selection of garbage disposals? It’s overwhelming! There are so many different kinds of garbage disposals, each claiming to be the best. If you’re not familiar with the different types though, that can make choosing one even more difficult. Fortunately for you, we’ve tested a lot of these products over the years and we’re going to share with you our favorites. Cheapest skip bin hire Adelaide is a one way solution to free your time by collecting your garbage.

The best garbage disposals will have a high horsepower and feed type (continuous feed is the most popular).

When choosing a garbage disposal, it’s important to consider the horsepower of the motor and whether your drain line is above or below the disposal.

High-horsepower motors are necessary for tough food. Continuous feed is the most popular type of drain line and has been since its introduction in 1978 by InSinkErator. It features a permanent stopper that allows water to enter from an above-ground faucet into the sink, thus allowing for continuous flow straight down into your disposer. Other types of feed include batch feed with automatic switch (which shuts off when it reaches full capacity), batch feed with lock-out switch (which prevents overloading) and batch feed (also known as “manual”).

What to look for when buying a garbage disposal

Here are some things to consider when you’re shopping for a garbage disposal.

  • Horsepower. The higher the horsepower, the more efficient and powerful your unit will be, so look for at least 1/3 HP; more is better if you have room for it.
  • Feed type and warranty. Continuous-feed models are by far the most popular and convenient option; they’re easier to install and use than batch feeders, which need to be reset after each few uses. They also tend to work best with newer disposals because they can’t get stuck on food like older models might do (especially if they haven’t been used in awhile). You should also pay attention to what kind of warranty comes standard with your unit—some warranties cover replacement parts only while others cover labor as well as part replacement costs! Remember that not all warranties cover every failure scenario possible (for example: some don’t cover erosion damage caused by improper installation). Be sure that when you purchase an extended service contract or insurance policy from a third party provider like Home Depot’s Protection Plan program or Lowe’s Service Contract Plus plan through InsureMyHomePro© , there aren’t any exclusions relating specifically towards a specific brand name product such as “Warranty Exclusions – Parts Only” or something similar which would indicate one wouldn’t receive coverage under such policies purchased through these companies.)


Horsepower, usually abbreviated to “hp,” is the measure of how much energy a motor can produce. The higher the horsepower, the more powerful your garbage disposal will be and the harder it will be able to grind up food waste. With that said, there are some other factors that you need to consider when choosing a new garbage disposal (which we’ll cover later).

Horsepower can be compared to the engine in your car: A V8 engine has more hp than an inline-four engine because it has two extra cylinders and larger pistons that can move at faster speeds while pushing air in and out of their chambers. Similarly, a garbage disposal with 1/3 hp will have less power than one with 3/4 hp even though both models have similar size motors inside them; this is because 1/3 hp motors are generally smaller and slower than 3/4 hp versions.

Here are our top picks for the best garbage disposals.

When buying a garbage disposal, there are several factors to consider. You’ll need to decide on the horsepower of the motor and whether or not you want a continuous feed garbage disposal (a unit that can run without needing to be switched or turned off). The following sections describe these considerations in more detail.

InSinkErator Evolution Excel 1.0 HP Household Garbage Disposer

The InSinkErator Evolution Excel 1.0 HP Household Garbage Disposer is the best garbage disposal for your kitchen. What makes this disposal so special? It has all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a top-notch model, including:

  • A 1 horsepower motor
  • A 3/4″ grind chamber
  • 115 volts of power at 60 Hz, with 3400 RPMs to chew through food waste at lightning speed!
  • An integrated circuit breaker to protect against overloads and electrical surges. The disposer also features superior jam protection technology that senses when something gets stuck in the grinding chamber and automatically shuts down if necessary—to prevent any damage to your kitchen sink or other appliances. Finally, this model comes with an optional sound insulation system that muffles noise while keeping your ears safe!

Waste King Legend Series 1/2 HP Continuous Feed Household Garbage Disposer

This Waste King Legend Series 1/2 HP Continuous Feed Household Garbage Disposer is a great choice for a high-powered continuous feed garbage disposal. It features an ultra-powerful motor that delivers 1/2 horsepower of crushing force to efficiently pulverize food waste. The unit’s sound insulation helps keep noise to a minimum, and the sealed splash guard prevents messes from occurring during use. The power cord length is 6 feet long, and it also comes with 3 bolt mounting hardware for easy installation.

The Waste King Legend Series 1/2 HP Continuous Feed Household Garbage Disposer comes with dishwasher safe components for easy cleanup after each use, so you don’t have to worry about rusting or corrosion caused by steam buildup in your sink drain pipes over time (which can occur if the hose isn’t cleaned regularly). This model has earned 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon based on more than 800 reviews from customers who feel like they got their money’s worth after purchasing this product!

Waste King L-8000 Legend Series 1 HP Continuous Feed Household Garbage Disposer

The Waste King L-8000 Legend Series 1 HP Continuous Feed Household Garbage Disposer is a great choice for anyone looking to upgrade their kitchen. With a heavy-duty continuous feed operation, this garbage disposal can handle the toughest jobs. It features stainless steel grinding components and an Insinkerator EZ Mount installation system that makes it easy to install. The durable galvanized steel construction provides lasting performance and reliable service.

Some of the top garbage disposals to consider.

The InSinkErator Evolution Excel 1.0 HP Household Garbage Disposer is one of the most popular models on the market today. It’s a continuous feed disposer that’s easy to install and also easy to use. It grinds up food scraps quickly, making it an efficient way to dispose of food waste in your home or office.


  • High-powered motor can easily handle larger items like bones, fruits and vegetables safely
  • Continuous feed design means there’s no need for manual feeding or batching up waste before grinding it down
  • Available at all major retailers including Lowe’s, Home Depot and Amazon

Cons: None noted yet


So there you have it—our top picks for the best garbage disposals on the market today. There are a lot of choices out there, and the process of narrowing down your options can be overwhelming. But hopefully this article has helped you make sense of what’s available and allowed you to see some clear winners in terms of reliability, performance, and customer satisfaction. As always with appliances, we recommend doing plenty of research before buying anything so that you know exactly what features matter most to you!

Kitchen Composting Bins For Small Garden

Small compost bins are perfect for the tiny urban garden or balcony. Small kitchen composting bins are designed to be put in a cupboard, so they don’t take up valuable space. Skip bins Christie’s Beach can provide you a kitchen compositing bins if you want to request it from them.

Tiny compost bins are usually made of metal with an inner bucket that is made of plastic or lined with plastic.

Small kitchen composting bins are great for someone who lives in a flat or apartment and doesn’t want to make a big show of their compost heap.

Composting can be done in your back yard but it is not always easy to find space to keep a large compost bin, which is why small kitchen composting bins are a good choice for the urban gardener.

The food waste from your kitchen will rot down quickly in even the smallest of composters and any worms you have in there will help your heap to decompose faster too. You can buy a small kitchen composter at hardware stores, garden centers and online and they vary in price from about $20 – $50. Some come with a lid which helps keep smells under control, especially if you plan on using your kitchen composter in an enclosed space like a cupboard or pantry.

Composting is a great way to recycle your kitchen waste and reduce the amount of trash you throw away. Trying to compost with a trash can is messy and difficult, so many people give up before they reach the end of their first bin. However, there is another option. Kitchen composting bins are designed to make composting easier and more effective. Composting in your kitchen can save you money, reduce your trash output and improve your garden’s soil without requiring a lot of space or effort.

Composting in your kitchen can be very convenient if you have a small garden or limited outdoor space. This article will help you choose the best kitchen compost bins for your needs and compare them for effectiveness and ease of use.

If you have a small garden, consider using kitchen composting bins. This will help you avoid unpleasant odors and insects while producing rich organic matter for your plants. Compost bins are also ideal for apartments or in homes where space is limited.

A bin can be constructed out of wood, plastic or metal. For the most effective composting, it is important that your bin has ample air circulation. A good idea is to add slats to the sides of the bin to promote air circulation. Also, make sure that any drain holes are kept clear from debris so that excess water can escape from the bin.

Kitchen composting is a great way to reduce the amount of waste you put into your garbage bin. Depending on your lifestyle, you may be able to fit a small compost bin in your kitchen. This will allow you to keep food scraps and other organic material out of the garbage. A best skip bin hire is a must in every place where there is so much waste to dump.

When you are buying a kitchen composting bin for the first time, it is important to realise that these items come in various sizes. You need to take into account where you will be placing your kitchen composting bin before you buy it. The following article will outline some of the things you should look for when purchasing this type of bin.

How & When to Declutter Your Home

If you are going to declutter your home, you need to know how much stuff you have, how many rooms you have, and whether decluttering is more or less urgent than fixing up the house. After that you may find a budget bins Adelaide near you.

How many rooms? A survey of the average person’s home would show that most families have three bedrooms, at least. That means you could probably get away with just one room declutter. If your house is bigger, it might be possible to declutter half the house at once.

If you are considering a complete declutter, then it helps to divide up the rooms in advance so you can see where everything is likely to go. Otherwise there is a risk of being paralyzed by what should go where. If your house is bigger than three rooms, you will want to take some trouble locating things before getting started.

If you want to declutter your home, you should start with the things you don’t want. If you want to declutter your home, you should start with the things you don’t want. There is always something in the way of everything else.

For example, if you want to declutter your home, you should start with the things you don’t want. For example, if you want to declutter your home, go through all the papers on your desk and throw out everything that isn’t related to doing what you do. That’s how I learned not to hoard. Then go through all your photos and throw out everything that isn’t worth looking at for more than five seconds. That’s how I learned not to waste time looking at photographs of my family when I could be doing something more interesting with my time.

Then go through all the books you’ve written and throw out everything that is not related to writing or learning or thinking or reading or working or creating. That’s how I learned not to be so attached to any one thing I was interested in. Then go through all the things in your house and throw out everything that is not worth keeping because it is old or damaged or ugly or doesn’t fit into some category that somebody thought up long ago, then threw away half their possessions themselves because they didn’t know what else to do with them anymore. That’s how I learned not to accumulate stuff just because it belonged somewhere else.

Removing things from your life is like removing bricks from the building you are in. It’s not like removing bricks from a neighbor’s house. They can’t see your messy house; they don’t know what you are doing; they won’t care; and they won’t want to know how.

But in our minds, you are just taking stuff away. You’re not really changing anything. Your house will still be there for you to live in after the mess has gone. And besides, isn’t that what decluttering is all about? You get rid of the stuff that isn’t nice, so that you have space for the things that are nice.

It’s not really true that you don’t need to do anything. If you have a lot of stuff, it means there is no room for yourself or your family or your friends or anyone else anywhere near where you are living. And if the people who love you want to be near you, they will have to pay rent somewhere else. So there’s no way around it: this stuff has to go somewhere else, somewhere it can be useful and beautiful and inspiring.