I still remember the minimalist mom being one of the very first blogs that inspired me to go back to minimalism. I was impressed by this minimalist family owning less stuff and live minimally.
Once I started practicing minimalism again, 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 stuff, spend my time on people or something that I love that can 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 started my minimalist journey, I felt like there’re tons of things to do. Then I focused to simplify my home first because I was surrounded by the clutter at that time.
Today, I’m going to share some tips on how to start simplifying your home, and this will 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 got 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 don’t love anymore. I kept all those things just because I didn’t want to waste them. I felt like I was wasting my money if I purged them.
Finally, I realized I just have too much stuff. Yes! Too much and I don’t have space for them. I got a ton of storage containers, I didn’t feel that they would 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 relief. I knew what I need. I wanted a space that could make me calm and relaxed. Intentional living is what I wanted and not material possessions.
If you want to simplify your home, I encourage you to de-clutter first. Get rid of the things that you don’t use or love anymore, you’ll then realize what kind of storage supplies you want and how many you need to buy.
2. The 2 Minute Rule
The 2-minute rule from the book Getting Things Done by David Allen motivated me to stop procrastinating and to 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’re back home. All these things can be done in a minute or less.
It’s very easy for us to get out something. But we’re not always likely 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 your cleaning time and keep home neat, you need to adopt this habit. 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 we talk about cleaning and tidying work, we’ve got a different standard. I have no idea why he likes to throw clean outfits on the floor for the next morning. I finally got a huge basket for him. Problem solved.
Give up the perfectionism. Get every family member involved in tidying the house. Even kids can help small household chores. My daughter likes to help sweep the floor. I just let her do it though it’s not perfect. 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 decided to have an intentional living, we knew what things are important to us and bring value to our life. Have a budget on everything, home, auto, grocery, travel, entertainment, etc. You’ll know how much you’re going to spend.
We like to spend money on travel which brings us joy and experiences. With that said, having a budget in mind made us do less shopping. I’m so happy to live with fewer possessions. Fewer things mean less mess at home. Having less stuff mean we don’t have to spend a lot of time taking care of them.
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Simplifying my home can give me more time and space to relax each day 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.