“Have nothing in your house you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
Your home is your castle. This intimate space is a reflection of who you are and what’s going on in your deepest psyche. Is your home a peaceful abode simplistic in possessions and thoughtfully designed….or is it merely four walls housing overflowing closets, unruly junk drawers, and piles of clutter?
You don’t have to be a perfectionist or hire a full time cleaning crew to create and maintain a peaceful, tidy environment. The fastest way to an organized home? Living simply. By embracing minimalism, you can make your entire home a space of true tranquility and contentment.
Embracing minimalism leads to less stress, cleaner spaces, a clearer mind, and deeper happiness. Not only will you spend less time cleaning, organizing, and looking for things, you’ll be able to better utilize the extra time to focus on other areas of your life. While the benefits of minimalism are many, the guidelines for the lifestyle are fairly simple.
Retain only what you actively use:
“The space in which we live should be for the person we are becoming now, not the person we were in the past.”
One of the biggest enemies of minimalism is keeping things you think you might need someday. We grossly overestimate our future needs. Those screws from who-knows-what? Spare buttons for your blouse? The Allen wrench from the assembly kit from your Ikea dresser? We’ll let you in on a little secret: toss them all. If you haven’t used it in the last nine months, it doesn’t need to be taking up room in your home. Let it go.
A few exceptions to this rule include special use items like formal wear, holiday decor, sentimental tokens, or camping equipment. The rest? Pack it up, and send it off to be better utilized by someone else.
“Your home is your living space, not your storage space.”
When it comes to embracing minimalism, here’s the first step: Don’t ask yourself how much you can possibly cram into a Container Store plastic tub but rather how much can you live without?
Organizational guru Marie Kondo suggests evaluating your possessions with the simple question: “Does this spark joy?” If the answer is “no,” Kondo tells her clients it’s time to say goodbye.
Once you’ve rid your life of the unnecessary, you’ll be amazed how much more you enjoy the possessions you already have. In fact, this frees you to find a deeper peace in life as a whole, but, decluttering just once isn’t enough… you have to work to keep it that way.
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“Be a ruthless editor of your home at all times. Ask yourselves: ‘What does this object mean to me?”‘
Perfecting a life of minimalism is an ongoing process. Many find value in taking a long weekend and performing a thorough purge of their house. While this is a great starting point, the minimalistic home wasn’t built in a day.
Well-meaning gifts, travel souvenirs, and shopping excursions will inevitably litter your home with more items and objects. Without vigilance, it’s easy to let things creep back to their previous state of disarray. Otherwise, you may find that your once spotless room is now cluttered with random items.
Because possessions accumulate (often without our notice), you’ll probably find yourself doing several small purges instead of one large purge over the course of a year. Give yourself grace, and plan for this.
Much like yoga or meditation, a minimalist lifestyle is a practice- one that requires continual intention…but not perfection. As you embrace a life of minimalism, you’ll discover deeper contentment- free of clutter and filled only with what you love.