I still remember reading this blog is one of the very first blogs I learned about minimalism. I was impressed by this minimalist family owning less stuff and live minimally.
When I’m practicing minimalism, I found the benefits of minimalism in every aspect of my life. It’s not only about getting rid of excess stuff or clean out the closet. It changed my mindset to live simply and intentionally.
With a minimalist perspective, I choose to own less, spend my time on something that I love and add value to my life.
Minimalism looks different in everyone’s life. I’m not an extreme minimalist. I still like buying and keeping things that I love, just like craft books and stationery.
When I first started my minimalist journey, I felt like there’re tons of things to do. I then focus to simplify my home first because I was surrounded by clutter at that time.
Today, I’d like to share with you how to get started to simplify your home that’ll make things a lot simpler and make your life easier.
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5 Ways to Simplify Your Home
1. De-clutter and Get Organized
I’ve to admit that when I first wanted to get my home pretty and organized, I bought a lot of storage supplies. I was trying to keep all the things and never thought about to purge anything. This was so wrong.
I just have too many things that I don’t use and not love anymore. I kept all those things just because I don’t want to waste them. I felt like I was wasting my money if I purge them.
Finally, I realized I just have too much stuff. Yes! Too much and I don’t have spaces for them. No matter I’ve a ton of storage containers, I didn’t feel they fit it in my small townhouse. When I look around my house, I didn’t feel good.
So, I’ve decided to purge all the stuff that I don’t use or love anymore. I donated the clothes even though they were expensive when I bought them. I gave away a lot of books and duplicate kitchen gadgets to friends. I dumped all the love letters from my ex-boyfriend.
Throughout the decluttering process, I felt such a release. I know what I need. I desire a space that makes me calm and relaxed. I’m pursuing an intentional living and not material possessions.
If you want to simplify your home, I encourage you to de-clutter first. Get rid of those stuff that you don’t use or love, you’ll then realize what kind of storage supplies you want and how many you need to buy. You’ll know what would fit it your space that you love.
2. The 2 Minute Rule
The 2-minute rule from the book Getting Things Done by David Allen helps me to stop procrastinating and do things at once. Anything that can be done in 2 minutes, just do it.
Instead of accumulating your mails, just open and sort through them. Hang up your jacket and put your dirty clothes in the laundry hamper when you back home. All these things just can be done in a minute.
It’s very easy for us to get out something. But we’re not always like to put it back immediately. Once we implement the 2-minute rule at our home, our house became less clutter and more organized.
3. Clean as you Go
I’ve talked about this many times when you want to cut down on your cleaning time and keep home neat. Never let your dirty dishes pile up, hand wash them or load them in the dishwasher while you’re waiting for your coffee.
Wipe down your stove after each use. Wipe down the spills, your countertops and clean up the dining area immediately after dinner. Empty your garbage daily. All these cleaning habits help to simplify your home and save you time.
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4. Get Everyone Involved
I’m trying to keep our home tidy and let me tell you, it’s not easy. My husband is a naturally untidy person. When talking about cleaning and tidying work, we’ve different standard. I’ve no idea why he likes to throw out the clean outfits on the floor for next morning. I finally got a huge basket for him. Problem solved.
Give up the perfectionism. Just get every family members involved in tidying the house. Even kids can help the small household chores. My daughter likes helping to sweep the floor. I just let her do it though it’s not perfect. But that’s okay. I can always fix it later.
5. Living with Less
I love to keep things simple. Having fewer possessions at home means you have more space to live and spend less time cleaning and organizing.
When we choose to have an intentional living, we know what is important to us and bring value to our life. Have a budget on everything, home, auto, grocery, travel, entertainment, etc. You’ll know where’s your money going.
We like to spend money on travel which brings us joy and experiences. With that said, have a budget in mind made us do less shopping. I’m happy to live with fewer possessions. Less stuff means less mess at home. Plus, we don’t have to spend a lot of time to take care of them, clean and organize.
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Simplifying my home gives me more time and space to enjoy and focus on the things and people that are important to me. Do you have any tips to simplify your home? Please leave a comment and I’d like to know.