I have learned a lot about myself now that I’ve downsized from a 2,400 sf home to a 1,200 sf apartment. The first thing is that I actually like living in a smaller space. I like how cozy it feels and how easy it is to keep clean.
I learned that I don’t enjoy home maintenance chores or DIY projects. I did learn to garden and I have used those skills to have a nice container garden.
Along the journey of downsizing I read a lot of articles on how to simplify and declutter your home but when I speak to people about actually doing it it’s always met with a great overwhelming sigh. People feel defeated with just the thought of going through their stuff.
I get it, it can seem like a daunting chore and I think it’s because we have an idea in our mind that it should be a one and done experience but the truth is simplifying and decluttering is a lifestyle change. When you look at it that way it makes for a more realistic goal.
Here we offer a few tips for a minimal lifestyle.
1. IDENTIFY YOUR AREA OF CLUTTER:
Is it clothes? Is it paperwork? Is it gadgets? Once you identify where the clutter is you have an area of attack.
Don’t run out and purchase cute bins for storage, because you most likely already have one or five. Start by decluttering the last bin you bought when you thought you were going to get super organized. Use that empty bin to start a system.
2. DE-CLUTTERING IS NOT A ONE TIME CHORE:
It’s ongoing. Clean your closet three times a year and build on what you really love and looks great on you. Get rid of everything else. Seriously, if you don’t feel fabulous, get rid of it. Even your workout clothes, house clothes and underwear. Once you’re left with what you love, you will begin to rebuild a basic wardrobe around these pieces.
3. PRACTICE GIVNG AWAY:
Look for things to give away, sell or donate. A few thoughts to keep in mind are: If you haven’t used it in a year you don’t need it. If your collectibles aren’t on display, it’s junk and if you haven’t Done It Yet it’s no longer a DIY project.
These are a few ideas for getting clutter free. Do you have any you’d like to add? Please leave a suggestion in the comments.