You’ve probably heard the term “minimalism” before. It’s a lifestyle that emphasizes simplicity, so you might wonder how to go about it. Well, there are many ways to declutter your home and simplify your life without sacrificing happiness. Here are some quick for creating a clutter-free home you will love!
Don’t be afraid to get rid of stuff
This can be tough, but it is necessary. The first step in decluttering your home is deciding what needs to go. What items are no longer useful? Which ones do you simply not use anymore, or even haven’t used in years? What would make someone else happier if they could have them instead?
If you are selling your home and moving, it’s time for something new. You could use this chance to buy something more useful or better suited for your current lifestyle (i.e., if you’re an avid gym-goer and now want some workout clothes). When considering what goes and what stays, think about how much joy the item brings you—or can potentially bring you—and whether its presence adds value to your life at all.
Asking these questions will help shed light on which items belong in your home and which don’t; if an item doesn’t meet one or more criteria listed above, chances are good that it should go!
Consider getting rid of old furniture pieces
If a piece of furniture isn’t used often, we often associate items with positive memories. It could be an old family heirloom or the desk where you first wrote your novel. You might feel like it’s difficult to part with something that has so much meaning attached to it. But if you don’t use it and there is no room for its current location in your home, ask yourself: is holding onto this item worth cluttering up my home? The answer might surprise you. It’s a known fact that downsizing is a good way to keep a home tidy. It will also help you make your new space feel like home. So, if you want a clutter-free home, consider removing old and unnecessary pieces of furniture.
It’s what we do with our things that matter. The best way to clear out clutter is by actively using and enjoying the items you have in your home. If you no longer use an item, or it has lost its value to you, then it’s time for it to go.
Think twice before selling your belongings
The general rule is to use all of the things you organize around 10 times before selling them. You might have a piece of furniture like a bookshelf or desk that’s collecting dust because it’s not getting enough use. You can put it to work by using it as storage for your craft supplies and items in your closet overflow. You’ll be surprised at how many more uses you find for an item when it’s easily accessible and right there in front of you.
If you’re unsure if an item is worth keeping, try using it for a few more weeks and see if it gets used. If, after three months, the item hasn’t been used at all, then chances are it’s time to let go.
Declutter your home before and after the move
Unpacking can be stressful, especially if you’re moving into a new home. You want to unpack quickly to start making your new space feel like home. But it’s also essential to ensure that everything ends up in the right place, where it will work for you and your family. Before and after the move, you will probably have plenty of things to sort out and pack. You should start with a clean slate to avoid clutter in your home. Decluttering after the move will help you tidy your home and settle in without stress.
Create a home filled with things you love
The best way to maintain a clutter-free home is by getting rid of things you don’t love. You might love the new bookcase you bought, but if it’s taking up space in a room that’s used for other things, and there are books on your shelves that you haven’t read in years, consider selling off some of those books or donating them to a library sale or charity shop. The same goes for clothes: if they’re not as flattering as they once were, or if they’re still too big even though you’ve lost weight since buying them (or vice versa), get rid of them!
The same goes for furniture: just because something looks good doesn’t mean it has a place in your home. And even if it does have its place, do you enjoy sitting on it? Are there cushions that need reupholstering? If so, either fix them up yourself (if possible) or hire someone else to do so.
Keep it simple!
As you’re going through your home, keep it simple. This will help you avoid clutter! Keep things in their place and organized. If you can’t find something, you don’t need it. For example, if you are buying your first home and want to make it as cozy as possible, keeping everything simple will help you with that.
In other words, keeping it simple doesn’t mean you have to get rid of most things you love in your home. All you have to do is choose decorations, artwork, and pieces of furniture that serve their purpose perfectly. If you don’t have use for some items, you will not be able to achieve a clutter-free home.
The keys to achieving a clutter-free home are decluttering and organizing. A clutter-free home is not only more pleasant to be in, but it will also help you focus on the things that matter most to you. If you want to learn how to get started decluttering your house, we’ve got some great tips for you!
- Written By: Emma Jones