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Decluttering and Creating A Minimalist Home

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Decluttered homes can lead to increased stress levels and a cluttered mind. While some people find no detriment to living in clutter and disorganization, others find that accumulating stuff around the home can massively impact their quality of life.

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For this reason, minimalist shows and lifestyles are becoming increasingly popular as people look to clear their homes, lives, and minds for a more relaxed way of life.

If you want to create a minimalist style for your home, this post looks at some tips that can help you out.

Make a List

Split your home up by room, then split rooms down into sections such as your beauty products, clothing, toys, ornaments to make the job at hand more manageable. Then work your way down the list, one section per day or week, and so on.

Start Small

Getting started with decluttering can take as little as five minutes every day if you’re a complete newbie. Once you are used to this, increase the time to 10 minutes per day as you become more invested.

Remove 1 Item Per Day

Every single year, you would then have to remove 365 objects from your home. Increase this to two items per day, and you would have given away 730 items that you no longer required in your life. Once it becomes too simple, increase this value by a factor of two.

Use External Storage

Storing seasonal clothing or treasured items you cannot bear to part with can take up space. The idea behind minimalism is to remove all of the stuff. Using external storage options such as Smartbox Solutions, Inc. can allow you to still keep hold of them without having to find a space for them within your home, especially if you are short on space.

Document Your Progress

Choose one part of your home, like your kitchen counter, and take a photo of a small area. Quickly clean off the items in the photo and take an after photo. Once you see how your home could look, it becomes easier to start decluttering more of your home. Do this every time you need the push to keep going to inspire you and, more importantly, to see how far you have come since you started.

Get Some Help

It’s easy to “forget” what your home appears like to a new visitor when you’ve been there a while. Get a friend to come into your home with you and help you to view it as if you were a visitor too. Note your initial impressions of what you would change and create a list of items you discovered and want to change.

Use The Box Method

Sort your belongings into four boxes and name them as follows:

  • trash
  • give away
  • keep
  • re-locate

You can do this in any area of your house, and each object should be placed in one of the boxes below. You must complete everything on your list, no matter how unimportant you believe it to be. This may take several days, weeks, or months, but it will allow you to see how many objects you really own and what you should do with each one once you have a clear picture.

Heather Brummett

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