There are so many ways to simplify your life and embrace minimalist living. One of the best ways to get started with minimalism is decluttering and simplifying your home.
Practicing minimalism involves every aspect of my life. It’s not only about owning less stuff, getting rid of excess and clearing out the clutter, but also living intentionally.
Today, I’m going to share some tips and tricks on simplifying your home, which will make things a lot simpler and make your life easier.
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5 Ways to Simplify Your Home
1. Declutter and Get Organized
I’ve got to admit that when I first wanted to make my home look more organized, I bought a lot of storage supplies. I was trying to keep all the things and never thought about purging anything. This was so wrong.
I got too many things that I haven’t used for a long time. I kept all those things because I didn’t want to waste them. I felt like I was wasting my money if I get rid of them.
Finally, I realized I just got too much stuff and not enough space for them. Even though I bought a ton of storage containers, I didn’t feel that they would fit in my space. My home still looked cluttered.
So, I decided to get rid of things around the house and only kept things I truly need, use or love. 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 threw all the old love letters from my ex-boyfriend.
A cluttered home can be a source of stress. Throughout the decluttering process, I felt such a relief. I knew what I need. I wanted to create a calm and relaxing space, and live a more intentional life.
If you want to simplify your home, I encourage you to declutter first, organize second. Get rid of the things that you don’t use or love anymore, you’ll then realize how many and what kind of storage containers you actually need.
2. The 2 Minute Rule
I like the strategy of the 2-minute rule. It comes from the book Getting Things Done by David Allen. By following this productivity rule, it helps to stop procrastinating. Anything that can be done in 2 minutes or less, do it now.
You can apply the 2-minute rule to any of your new habits. 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 less likely to put it back immediately. Once we implement the 2-minute rule at our home, it became less cluttered 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 your 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 perfectionism. Get every family member involved in tidying the house.
Even kids can help with 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 value our lives.
Have a budget on everything, home, auto, grocery, travel, entertainment, etc. It lets you see how much you’re spending and helps you live within your means.
We like to spend money on travel which brings us joy and experiences. With that said, sticking to a budget made us do less shopping and save money for travel. We choose experiences over material possessions. Experiences create memories that bring us joy.
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 cleaning and taking care of them.
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Simplifying our home gives 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.
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