By now everyone reading this blog knows that I hate clutter. And if you follow me on Instagram, you may also know that I’m participating in a challenge to clear out clutter from my house this year! Does that mean I regard myself as a minimalist? Eh, probably not. However, I find the whole movement fascinating! Let’s talk about that, and how it relates to domestication!
Minimalism can mean different things to different people. There is no single set of rules that need to be followed to class you as a minimalist. Joshua Becker, founder and editor of the website ‘Becoming minimalist’ says “minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we value most and the removal of everything that distracts us from it.” This statement perfectly summarizes minimalism. Minimalism is about being intentional with the way you live your life and aligning your time with what means the most to you. Minimalism doesn’t have to be about getting rid of everything you own, but about making room for more of what matters, allowing you more time, more peace, more space and more freedom.
Minimalism itself is not a new concept; many religions encourage people to get rid of things that are considered to be a virtue. Figures such as Indian Civil Rights leader Mahatma Gandhi have preached about the powers of a simple life for years. With the rise of people broadcasting their ‘simpler’ lives on social media, it is almost becoming fashionable to have less. Whether travelling the world with just a single backpack or living in a small eco house, people are becoming more interested in simplifying material aspects of their lives.
I’ve heard folks talk quite a bit about their New Year’s resolutions in the past week or so – you probably have, too! And something I keep hearing over and over from people is, “I’m gonna declutter my house!”
I’m right there, too. I have a whole list of spaces in my home that need some major decluttering, and I’ve already started on a few of them. But the other day, someone asked me why I was even bothering with it at all! They felt as if clutter was what happened when life happened, and there was nothing that could be done about it.
First of all, I don’t believe that for a second. Second of all, I know it’s not true in MY home, so I knew it couldn’t be true for everyone. And third, when Mackenzie Fox contacted me with a guest post on this very topic, I then had the facts to back up my assumptions! She puts it quite well, and gives us some simple steps to follow to get the decluttering process going! Read on…
Do you live in a highly-organized living space, or can you just not be bothered about the “creative” chaos that surrounds you? If you belong to the second category, you might want to re-consider your fondness of clutter for the following, very important reasons (quite a few of them are related to your health):
- Although you might think you are living in the perfect symbiosis with your clutter, the fact remains that it does cause stress and anxiety. Huffington Post conducted a survey which showed that a whopping 84% of people were worried that their homes were not clean or organized enough, while 42% feel anxious when their houses are unorganized and cluttered.
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We all tend to accumulate too much stuff over the years. We buy things we think we have to have, but after a few months, they end up stashed in a closet or attic and we go months without seeing them. We get gifts for birthdays and Christmas that we don’t really love but we don’t have the heart to get rid of out of respect for the giver. We hang onto clothes that we’ve grown out of in the hopes that we’ll lose those 10 pounds finally.
Over time, it can all add up. Every closet and storage space in our home is packed with things. The clutter reduces the amount of space we have in the house, and it can make our homes less comfortable and inviting. Clearing out the clutter can help you feel more relaxed in your own home.
Here are a few smart ways to get rid of clutter in your home:
Analyze Every Space
You may not even realize how much clutter you have in your home because you have stuffed it away out of sight. Once you start sorting through your closets, your garage, your attic, and your crawlspace, you may be shocked to realize how much you have accumulated.
In order to really reduce the clutter in your home, you need to go through every space and analyze every item in every box. You’ll be able to maximize the amount you get rid of and the space you create.
Be Honest and Objective
There are many reasons why we hang on to items that we don’t necessarily need anymore. You may think that you’ll use the item again, such as those reams of fabric you’ve stored for craft projects. Or you may think that you’ll need them again, such as those specialty kitchen utensils and pans that you only used once.
So, we’ve now lived in our house for almost two-and-a-half years, and I noticed something the other day: we’re starting to accumulate STUFF.
Now…I HATE stuff. There’s no point in just having STUFF. And it really bothers me when I look around the house and I just see STUFF.
So I’ve been working on eliminating some of our stuff. Some has gone to friends or family who are in need of it. Some has gone to the consignment store or a yard sale site where we can get a little money for it. Some has been digitized and shredded. And some has just plain been thrown away.
I’m feeling a lot better about things in this regard lately, but, allow me to point this out: there’s a difference between having STUFF and having things that just need some good organizing. I mean, you really shouldn’t get rid of all of your socks because your sock drawer is cluttered. Your feet might get cold at some point. You just need to save a little space and do a little organizing.
So when Georgia from FlexiSpace contacted me to see if I was interested in her Space Savers Encyclopedia infographic, I wasn’t quite sure what a Space Savers Encyclopedia was! But as soon as I saw it, I knew it was exactly what I needed…and probably what some of you need, too!
Less than 7 months until Christmas, y’all.
I’m sorry – I couldn’t resist.
Can you believe that today is JUNE 1?! (It’s also the beginning of hurricane season, which is a big deal for us in Florida. And since the painters literally finished painting the outside of our house on Friday, I’m not sure whether we’re totally smart – since everything is nicely sealed now – or totally gonna have an insurance claim on our hands – and have to pay for new paint all over again! I guess we’ll find out…)
Anyway…today is the day we find out the top five posts here on the blog for the month of May! Let’s see…