Declutter your home ready for Christmas with Katie Piper's top tips
Christmas can be a stressful time for everyone, especially given the year we've all had, so Katie Piper is sharing her top tips for sorting out your wardrobe, your sleep and your mind so you can enjoy a relaxed Christmas Day.
WardrobeTake everything out that you don't wear and do one of the following things:- If it is seasonal, pack it away until the weather gets warmer- If you have put on weight or lost it, either sell it, donate to charity or swap with friends. - If you find something you've never worn, decide if you really like it. If not, do one of the above. If you do, bring it to the front and give it a go. - Organise your wardrobe into sections and colours. This will make you aware of what clothes you actually have and less likely to wear the same things again and again.
Makeup - Wash those makeup brushes. You don't need any fancy kit, just washing up liquid and warm water. - If you look after your brushes they will last longer and your makeup will go on better- wipe down any containers with a cloth soaked in warm soapy water and check the best before dates on things like foundation and concealers. Like food, makeup has a best before date and you want to make sure yours is still good to use. - If you have been using your mascara for more than a few months, get rid and buy a new one. Mascaras harbour bacteria and you want to make sure you keep your eyes healthy.
Sleep and mindfulnessThere are some fabulous apps that can really help relax you, help you to see the positives in your life or take you through guided meditations. These can make a difference if things around you are starting to get busy or chaotic. Some good ones are: - Calm - Buddify- Happify - Naturespace It's a really good idea to try to get your sleep pattern in good shape. There are lots of products that can make a difference. Katie likes the following: - Liz Earle Bright Eyes Ritual, £40: This is perfect if your eyes are dry and tired from working or looking at a screen all day. It comes with soothing eye lotion, reusable pads, eye cream and a Gua Sha (a stone massaging tool). - Anatome sleep oil, £35: These come with different essential oils, the frankincense one is perfect for this time of year. Rub this oil into pulse points and the soles of the feet. - Chiltern Lavender pillow, £10.50: These tiny pillows are made of Harris tweed filled with lavender and can be popped on your bedside table or underneath your own pillow. - Little Pot of Magic Headache Balm, £6.95: This is great for hangovers, headaches and that tired feeling you get if you have been staring at screens all day. Massage a little into your temples for relief. - Botanics Aromatherapy pillow mist, £6.50: Spray this around the bedsheets and pillows for a restful night.