How to Start Minimizing
Once you have decided to adopt a minimalist lifestyle, the first step I recommend is to declutter your home and mind. Decluttering your home may seem like an easy concept at first thought. It's easy, just throw your junk into a box throw it out or donate it...right? Well yes, but it can be harder than you imagine. Decluttering can become a daunting task because most of the time, we are not aware of how much stuff we have actually accumulated in our homes. Some of us are excellent organizers [out of sight, out of mind] and while organizing is great, the purpose of minimalism is not just to organize your stuff and put it away. It is to only keep the things you really need and want. Distinguishing the two can become challenging for many.
If you are wondering where to start, I recommend starting in your bedroom. Take a look around...does your bedroom feel relaxing/inviting? I believe keeping your bedroom neat is most important. Why? Your bedroom is the place where you rest, your sanctuary, if it is not neat your mind cannot be at ease. Think about it, your bedroom is where you wake up and start your day. If it is chaotic, you are more likely to have a chaotic mind, thus a chaotic day, making it difficult to retreat into your bedroom to rest at night. It becomes a vicious cycle. YES, VICIOUS! It can greatly impact your mood, which has an impact on those around you. If you're interested in reading more, read this article in the Elite Daily by Leigh Weingus, Yes, Cleaning Your Room is Important for Your Health.
Here is how I started decluttering my home:
- Gather large storage bins [at least 3 or more, if possible.]
- Determine which area or room you would like to declutter [always work one room/area at a time.]
- Label bins: Keep, Donate, Trash.
- Start decluttering.
Now for #4, it is easier said than done, but start small and take it one day at a time. You can start with your dresser, closet, underneath your bed, nightstands, where ever. To help you determine what to keep, sit down and really think about it. Ask yourself the following questions:
- What is its purpose or function?
- When was the last time I used it?
- When is the next time I'll use it?
- Do I need it?
- Does it hold sentimental value?
- Does it have a home in my room?
Remember everything you keep should serve a purpose, be used often, make you happy, and have a designated place in your room. This is what works for me, it may not work for everyone, but I suggest giving it a try. Let me know in the comments below what works for you? Any ideas you want to share?
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