Blog Minimalism

Clutter

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” William Morris

Is your home an intimate sanctuary wreaking of style and comfort? Or is it more like an episode of Hoarders? You probably fall somewhere between a solid attempt at your Pinterest home decor dream board, and sentimental packrat status. You’re not alone.

Happiness starts at home. Instead of excessively cleaning, organizing, and reorganizing the hodgepodge, how about tossing it? Want less maintenance and more free time? Decluttering is the solution.

Below, I share a few tips for beginning a minimalist journey at home. Take this opportunity to clear out the clutter and start fresh. Renew or even reinvent your living space. Identify what is essential, and ditch the rest.

  • Sell, sack, or donate. Clothing and other well-preserved items that are of no more value to you are ideal for selling. Donate the miscellaneous. Sack (toss) everything in between. Start with the easy-peasy stuff, like the things we undoubtedly have too many of: towels, hangers, pens, mugs, magazines, and books. I used to be a pen and book hoarder, hardcore, but I made my sacrifices in the name of minimalism. The closet is a fun place to declutter, and I go into insane detail about it here.
  • When evaluating an item, make a specific case for how often you use it. When is the last time you used it? Is it essential to your daily life? Is this the only tool that can get the job done, or do you have another more efficient option just like it? If it has no practical use, does it make you smile when you see it?
  • Everything in your home needs to have a home. A place for everything, and everything in its place. It helps you decide what is worth finding space for, and what can be eliminated. Keep floor space and counter surfaces clear; that tends to be where the homeless knick-knacks collect.
  • Anything that gives you a second (or a fifth) thought, sack it. When in doubt, throw it out. Own only the beautiful and the useful. Applying this concept makes decluttering easier, and allows your living space to be a true reflection of your personal style.

Use it or lose it, peeps. Take it room by room, one surface at a time, and don’t overthink it. When you sack stuff, don’t look back. Be confident in your decisions; you know you. Decluttering is an ongoing process, so don’t be too hard on yourself. Keep at it!

For an in-depth audio tour of the paring down process, tune in to this episode of the podcast.

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