Fact: The average person in the US has as much ‘individual space’ in their home as an entire 1950s family – shared. On the flip side: There are now more self-storage facilities in the US than McDonald’s restaurants!
Enjoy saving money, feeling less stressed, having more time to spend with family and friends, or simply having a neater home! De-clutter your life!
Value matters: Minimalism isn’t about simply getting rid of excess possessions, it’s about choosing to give more weight to those you value the most. Instead of having twenty framed photos that youlike, choose to display five that you love. Once you’ve decided which items cannot be parted with, and which you feel more comfortable letting go of, you can begin the process of actually letting go.
Bottom Line: Living a more minimalist lifestyle means we can reclaim some of this wasted time and spend it doing something we love – rather than standing in front of a jam-packed wardrobe despairing over which shoes work with which skirt!
+30 ways to de-clutter your home and life in 2016
If you can’t eliminate, reduce. – Do you really need ten sets of bedlinen for your two-bedroom apartment? Or twenty bath towels for a family of four? Chances are, you don’t. Donate, dump or repurpose these excess items and free up space.
Dump the ‘just in case’ stuff- Things like random screws, 6 inch pieces of string, one-off buttons, the end of a roll of insulation tape and all those other junk items you’re hoarding ‘just in case’ have got to go! Try the 20/20 rule. If you can replace it for $20, and can source it within 20 minutes of your home, then you can get rid of it safe in the knowledge it’s easily replaceable if needed.
Evaluate your sentimental items – Letting go of sentimental things can often be the hardest. But this brings us back to point number three – ‘decide on the value of your items’. Chances are ticket stubs from concerts you barely remember, or cards from a birthday two decades ago, aren’t bringing you much value.
Simplify your morning routine – Start the day as you mean to go on…and simplify! Streamline your personal care routine, in your newly de-cluttered bathroom, and then enjoy a simple breakfast in your minimalist kitchen. Take some time out to stretch, meditate, read, savor your coffee, or do whatever else makes you happy. Just keep it simple.
De-clutter TIP: Have you heard of Project 333? It’s a minimalist fashion challenge – Here’s the deal: Assess your closet. Choose 33 items of clothing (or less) that you will wear over the next 3 months. Donate or store the rest. FYI: Pick classic, neutral pieces and you’ll never be stuck for something to wear.
TIP: The ’one in, one out’ rule. If you really have to buy something new, then swap something else out. This way you’re guaranteed not to slip back into your old, clutter-filled ways!
Check out more ways to de-clutter your way to a more peaceful 2016…
VERSE: “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD” Psalm 150
QUOTE: “A person who loves his job, will never work a day in his life.”
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