You've probably heard the word minimalism within the past few months. It's a trending lifestyle that people everywhere are trying to adopt. Many people have the idea that to be a minimalist they must rid their households of anything that isn't essential for life. Only living on essentials is not what this minimalism movement is all about.
Many people view this lifestyle as one that has many restrictions on what you can or cannot have, but the truth is, there is no rulebook to minimalism. Minimalism is solely about finding freedom. You can access this kind of freedom by ridding yourself of the unnecessary stress that comes along with owning so much stuff. Don't get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with possessions. The problem arises when we give meaning to these items that don't contribute anything back into our lives. For instance, if you have a collection that has significant meaning to you and makes you feel proud to own them, you should keep them. But let's say you have a living room with so much furniture in it that cleaning day is dreadful, you should minimize your home.
Here are three simple ways you can apply minimalism to your everyday life:
- When going through your things, ask yourself "Does this item bring me joy?" "Are special memories attached to this item?" "Why am I keeping it?" If none of these questions provoke any reason as to why you should keep this item, then throw it into the donation pile!
- When it comes to birthdays, holidays, or any occasion that invites loved ones to give your family gifts, ask for experiences rather than items. Activities can especially be fun for children! Family members could gift them with a lasting memory of going to the zoo rather than giving them a toy that will only bring temporary happiness.
- Go shopping with an intentional list of the items you truly need to purchase. Doing this will help you only go into the stores that you need things from rather than window shopping and leaving with way more than what you intended to buy. Intentionality will automatically help you declutter your overflowing closet and boost your bank account!
Everyone can adopt minimalism into their everyday lives. Minimalism is not just for people who want to live in small spaces. Whether you have a large house or a small home, you can start today by reducing the things you keep and genuinely enjoying the things you have. If you need help de-cluttering your space, ask your realtor for a recommendation.
Household clutter is an insidious problem in many homes because it happens gradually and you may not notice it until it actually infringes on your living space and begins degrading your quality of life. As is the case with many problems, the first step to solving it is to recognize that you need to do something about it.
Clutter can assume many different forms in your house, but the effects are always negative. Whether you need to eliminate clutter in one room or your entire house, tackling the problem always results in a feeling of relief and accomplishment. By taking it one step at a time and focusing on the benefits of reducing clutter, you'll be able to create a positive "ripple effect" in your mind, your family relationships, personal productivity, and other aspects of your life.
Improved efficiency: Everyone knows the frustration of not being able to find something you're looking for. It's problem that may happen with increasing frequency when you're surrounded by clutter. By taking the time to sort through a cluttered closet, cabinet, garage, basement, or bedroom, you'll be able to eliminate junk, regain lost storage space, and find useful things that you forgot you even owned! When you discover belongings that your family has outgrown or stopped using, you can free up valuable space by either selling, donating, or throwing away unwanted items.
Psychological benefits: A room or home that feels cramped, cluttered, or disorganized is not at all conducive to relaxation, smooth family relationships, and feelings of contentment. If you're even a little embarrassed about the way your home looks, for example, you'll be less likely to invite family and friends over to your house. One of the benefits of actually planning a family gathering or dinner party at your home is that you'll be motivated to organize, clean, and straighten up many areas of your home -- everything from your kitchen and bathrooms to your living room and family room. Also on the plus side: Having a feeling of pride about the appearance and decor of your home is not only personally satisfying, but it can also benefit your social life!
Inspiration: Once you've reorganized your furniture, where needed, and created a more spacious feeling in your home, you'll often feel more motivated to apply a fresh coat of paint to scuffed walls, organize bookshelves, or replace old draperies with new window treatments. One thing leads to another. When you see what a difference a few household improvements can make to the look and feel of your home, you'll be inspired to find more ways to enhance your living space. With any luck, other members of your family will also be inspired to help keep the house looking neat, well organized, and clutter free. While you shouldn't expect any miracles or sudden transformations, remember: Rome wasn't built in a day!