A tidy space means a tidy mind, so if you’re feeling cluttered mentally and physically, it’s time to detox your living space and have a clear out. Minimalism has never been more on-trend as we favour leaving only a few prized possessions on show over having everything in easy reach.
Decluttering your home can seem daunting, especially if this has been building up for a long time, but we’re here to show you exactly how you can declutter to achieve a minimalist feel and enjoy a calmer mentality.
Decide where to start
Biting off more than you can chew is a common problem when it comes to having a spring clean and it’s important you don’t go too hard as otherwise, this can just put you off completely. Instead, take a look around and decide what is bothering you the most in your home. If your bedroom is the main culprit for feeling cluttered start there, or if even going into the kitchen stresses you out, this is your starting point.
Work through one room at a time during decluttering as if you start multiple rooms, you may just end up with even more mess out on show. Once you’ve finished a room, shut the door and move onto the next.
Minimalism should be a complete lifestyle change, so there should be no rush to get it all done in a day. Take things slowly and adjust to your newfound habits.
One of the most important stages of decluttering is getting rid of things you don’t need, want or use anymore. This can be the most difficult step as we all tend to build emotional attachments to objects way too much.
When deciding whether to keep something, take a good long look at it and think about the last time you used it. If it has not been recently, it’s time to either throw it out, give it to a friend or donate it to charity. Anything that is broken is a must get rid of. Don’t keep things for the sake of keeping them if they just don’t work anymore.
If you’re unsure of something, put it back and make a note of it. Revisit the room in a month and if you haven’t had any use out of it since then, then you know it’s not worth keeping.
Invest in good storage
When trying to achieve a minimalist look, it can be tempting to just throw everything in a cupboard and shut the door. But as we said, a tidy home is a tidy mind and although you may be fooling visitors, you will know that mess is behind the cupboard door and you won’t achieve a calmer mindset.
Instead, make sure everything you own has a proper home and invest in some decent storage to keep on top of where everything is. Consider a label-making machine to make things that much more organised and clear.
Try store away as much as you can and keep out only the things you use regularly or that look nice out on display. Remember you can slowly build your on-display ornaments over time, there’s no rush to find things that work in the short term.
Once you have successfully decluttered, it’s important you keep on top of everything as the time goes by. Take aside an hour a week to sort through sections of your home, and you will soon be able to enjoy a minimalist home and decluttered mind.
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