When I was younger, I had about 10 pairs of (a slightly different) blue jeans. I’m sure I was the only one that could tell the difference which is what justified me having them.
Same thing goes for striped tanks, a bookshelf of books I’ve never read, and cd’s that sat covered in dust.
When it came time for me to tidy up my room, it was such a stressful task that I would get halfway through it, and then give up. Going into my room didn’t feel like my stress-free zone because of all the clutter and items that weren’t fulfilling me.
Fast forward to when I met my husband- Mr. OCD. The first couple of months when we moved in together was a huge wake-up call to me. He just didn’t have a lot of “stuff”, and yet.. it made so much sense. Since he was in the military, he had to be ready to pack up and move at a moments notice. Now that I was in the picture, I had to follow suit.
I started to evaluate all the items I was starting to tow around from place to place and realize that I was literally hauling junk that didn’t serve its purpose anymore. That was the moment I started living more simply, which in turn led to a stress-free environment.
Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t make the full transition right away, it took quite a long time to get to where I am now.
Follow this quick guide to jump-start your journey to a more minimalistic lifestyle.
4 Steps to Help Declutter Your Home
1. Stop Impulse Purchases and Make Sure You Are Bringing in Things of Value
It’s hard to finish a plate of food if someone keeps putting more on it. Similarly, it’s hard to clear up space and organize if you keep bringing crap in. Make it easy for yourself- when trying to pare down, you need to curb your appetite for items that aren’t going to fulfill you. Just for the first couple of days, avoid bringing home anything at all.
2. Group Similar Items Together
You need to be able to focus on what you have and see patterns on things you purchase multiples of. Take note if you have 4 different kinds of hair brushes, or too many coffee mugs when you only use one or two. Once you have a little inventory- pick each individual item up and ask yourself if a) do you use it? B) do you like it? And c) is it still relevant in your life? It’s okay if you aren’t 100% for getting rid of it, but put in aside and you can come back to it. Just realize you don’t need multiples of some items, and pair down to just the bare minimum.
3. Find a Place for Everything
Finding a place for every item is key and makes cleaning SO much easier. Once you start finding homes, you start realizing some items that don’t fit anywhere which in turn is something you might not need or want anymore. You’ll be surprised what you find does not fit your needs anymore.
4. Quality Over Quantity
We believe that purchasing high-quality items is always the best route to go and worth the price tag. For instance- I used to bundle up in the winters with layers upon layers to keep warm, that is until I met the Arc’teryx Down Jacket. This 800 down fill jacket keeps me warmer than if I were to wear a couple layers and a big puffy jacket. I was able to get rid of 3 items by replacing them with the down jacket. Same goes for furniture- we don’t purchase items that will fall apart in a year or two. We purchase items that are sturdy, we are proud of, and absolutely love. Sure the price tag is heftier, but would you rather buy an expensive couch once, or multiple inexpensive ones?
These are just the first couple of steps to get you going in the right direction. It’s not going to happen overnight. I am not perfect, I still have items that I know I should get rid of, but can’t part with just yet. And that’s okay. It’s starting that’s the hardest part.
Happy purging 🙂