BLOGGER, SPEAKER & WRITER
After simplifying and decluttering her own life, Rachel became passionate about simple living and decided to turn her ability to simplify and declutter into a career through her Business – Life Edit. As a professional organiser and consultant, Rachel helps people declutter not only their possessions, but also their schedule and selves, helping them to identify life’s most important ingredients.
We sat down with Rachel to uncover her story..
Tells us a little bit about what you do.
I blog, write, research, teach, and present workshops on various aspects of simplifying your life - from decluttering your home, to productivity workshops, to time management. As well as writing and teaching, I also work as a one on one coach, helping people simplify their homes, their schedules and their lives.
Three words to describe yourself?
life-curator, idealist, simplicity seeker
What does being mindful mean to you?
Learning to be present to all the moments that make up life - the ordinary, the exciting, the mundane, the fun, the challenging.
Shot by: Amanda Wignell Photography. Make-up by: Grayson Coutts
"Be present to all the moments that make up life"
Talk us through a regular day in your life.
I’ve got 3 young kids, so the day can be varied and unpredictable at the best of times.
I start everyday with my morning coffee, and have done since I had young babies. It was the one time in the whole day I could sit down before the demands and chaos of wrangling small children took over, and it’s still a non-negotiable for me. I then put on my running gear before I have time to deliberate abut whether I really feel like it, and head out for a run through Cornwall Park. At the end of my run, before walking back into the noise and chaos, I do a mindfulness exercise for about 5 minutes.
The rest of my day is a mixture of kid wrangling, tidying and organising, cooking, cleaning, feeding kids, reading, writing and all those other things that go with juggling life, work, parenthood. My days are not jammed though; if things start getting too full, I assess what things are truly important, and what I need to let go of. I refuse to buy into the myth that we have no choice about how busy our lives are.
What do you love about your job?
I’ve always been a teacher at heart. I love reading, learning, thinking, discovering and practicing the art of simplifying my own life, and teaching everyone I know about how to do the same.
One tip for living a more mindful life?
Put your phone down! Being constantly connected to your phone is the single biggest thing standing between you and a mindful life. Even if just for a few minutes a day, practice paying attention to what’s around you - look up while you’re walking down the street and be present to your life. Your stress levels will thank you.
Who inspires you?
People who beat to their own drum, and who play to their strengths. I could name so many. My friend Sriwhana Spong is an incredible New Zealand artist who’s art always surprises and inspires me. It comes from the soul.
If you could tell your younger self one thing, what would that be?
Follow your curiosity. Do what you love, not just what you’re good at.
What are your top Instagram accounts to follow?
I apply my minimalist approach to social media too; I don’t spend a lot of time on it, and only follow a handful of people. My top accounts are those of my best friends, who I love and admire.
First thing you notice about a person?
Whether they are comfortable in their own skin.
Dream dinner party guests?
Krista Tippett, journallist and podcaster at onBeing, author Elizabeth Gilbert, and my favourite comedians Louis C.K, Jim Gaffigan and Tina Fey (nothing beats a good laugh).
One book everyone should read?
Walden by Henry David Thoreau. I love love love this book. It will definitely inspire you to assess what you really need to live well.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
The advice of English architect and designer William Morris was, “Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."
That one quote started me on this whole journey of simplifying life. I took it and ran with it, way beyond the confines of my home. I’ve turned it into my own version: "Have nothing in your life that doesn’t add meaning, purpose, or beauty. "
"There’s not a one size fits all system."
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