From documentaries and news articles to hashtags and Youtube videos, the word “minimalist” is just about everywhere these days! Sure, trends come and go, but people who follow this lifestyle seem to be onto something.
So, what is minimalism? It’s doing more with less! Adopting a minimalist approach can transform the world around you—helping you save money, become more productive, protect the planet, enjoy the little things, and live simpler.
While some people actually limit the number of belongings they own, you don’t have to be so rigid! To start, try tweaking simple parts of your daily routine and watch how the rest falls into place.
There is so much more to life than stuff! Are you ready to maximize your time & money, and enjoy the comfortable spaces in your home without distractions cluttering the mood? These simple steps will help you on your journey!
Quality Over Quantity
Instead of grabbing that t-shirt or knick-knack just because it’s on sale, ask yourself if you really need it. Is it a quality product, or is it only marked down to a reasonable price? Will you use it soon, or is it something you might see yourself wearing at some point down the line?
So often, we buy things out of impulse instead of necessity. And the result is a home packed with things that we never use and don’t value. Before you shop online, enter a mall, or even a grocery store, remember your goal and stick to it.
When you buy quality pieces that will last you years and years to come, they might cost a little more, but the money is worth it! Your home should be your place of peace. Limit the junk for the ultimate retreat away from the rest of the world.
Clear the Clutter
If you’re anything like the families I work with, over the years, you’ve accumulated lots of stuff. Clothes, gadgets, tech tools, kitchen appliances, toys, toys, toys—you get the idea! If you want to build a solid minimalist foundation, you’ll want to start in your home.
This weekend, go through your home and collect the items you never use. Pick up all the old DVDs & CDs. Grab clothes that haven’t been worn in years. Look through the garage for old toasters, waffle irons, and blenders that are no longer in use. Sort through the kids’ room for any toys that your children have outgrown.
Once you have all the clutter, pack it in a box and store it somewhere for 30 days. Keep note of whether you had to dig through the box for items during any part of the 30-day period. If not, it’s probably safe to say that you no longer need these items. Community donation centers would be happy to take them off your hands!
How could something so simple cause so much clutter? My clients find that paper quickly becomes a huge problem. Bills, letters, junk mail, old homework assignments, receipts—you name it—paper will quickly cover your surface areas if you don’t nip it in the bud.
Luckily, in our digital age, going paperless has never been easier. When you have the option, always choose paperless bill statements. Take some time to go through all of those old documents collecting dust and shred them! Reduce your carbon footprint, minimize stress, and declutter all at the same time.
Experience the World
Birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, how do you show the people you love that you care without buying them stuff? That’s an easy one! Buy them experiences instead.
Sure, your kids might love the newest Lego set, but they’ll also enjoy a trip to the beach loaded with delicious snacks and time to play in the sea. Your teenager might be clothes-obsessed, but they will also like tickets to see their favorite band.
Researchers found that while money can’t buy you happiness, it can buy you experiences, and experiences broaden our minds, expose us to new things, and leave us with memories to last a lifetime.
Rethink What It Means To Be Happy
Whenever I work with my clients, I always offer a unique approach to their particular lifestyle. If I came in and gave them a cookie cutter method, the house would be back in a chaotic state in no time!
Before you declutter or try and change your lifestyle, you have to shift your mindset first. Talk to your family about what matters to you the most. Is it being able to spend time together? Is it the Sunday mornings where everyone is piled into the kitchen? Double down on the things that bring you joy, and remind yourselves of this whenever you lose sight of the goal!
If you’re ready to get your home in shape so you can live out loud in the spaces you already love, I want to hear from you! I help families with judgment-free organizing methods that make sense. You’ll be amazed at how much time and space you’ll free-up by clearing the clutter for the home you deserve! Click here to get started.
Annie Kilbride is the CEO of Life Simplified, LLC a professional organizing business.