Your parents just cleaned our their house and dumped ten boxes of your childhood mementos on your doorstep. You spend an afternoon digging through them and end up discarding all but one box full. You feel a little lighter watching all that stuff head off and out of your life and you start examining the rest of your stuff a little closer. 🔍
Do you really need six mixing bowls? Maybe the three boxes of unopened wine glasses you received as a wedding gift could go? The more you realize the amount of clutter surrounding you, the more the clutter starts to bother you. Can you relate? If so, minimalism might be your new best friend. ✨
SIMPLY THE ACT OF RIDDING YOUR LIFE OF EXCESS TO FOCUS ON WHAT'S IMPORTANT.
As the idea of minimalism has become more popular, more methods have popped up as guidance in the process. There is no one “right way” to live a minimalist lifestyle; it’s all about deciding what works best for you and what you will stick with in the long term.
If you’re completely new to the idea of minimalism, a great place to start is with The Minimalists. They host a podcast, have a book and website, and tour around the country. They define minimalism as a way to free yourself from things like fear, overwhelm, worry, guilt, depression etc. It’s not about a strict set of rules, but applying a few concepts to achieve freedom and bliss in your life. They have a number of ways to go about it and give minimalism a fun feel - but make no mistake, it’s still a lot of work.
If rules are your thing, you may take more to the KonMari method of minimalism. This method focuses what to keep vs what to get rid of and operates within these six rules:
Commit yourself to tidying up
Imagine your ideal lifestyle
Finish discarding first
Tidy by category not by location
Follow the right order
Ask yourself if it brings your joy
The entire process is explained in Mari Kons’ book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Her method summed up is: does this item bring you joy? If the answer is no, it has to go.
If you aren’t looking for a major lifestyle change but the idea of decluttering is appealing, try the four box method. Set out four boxes and assign each a label: one for give away, throw away, put away, and undecided. Move through each room in your house and organize all the clutter into the boxes. Make a trip to a donation store, fill up some garbage bags, find homes for the put away items and circle back to your undecided box to redistribute the items into one of the other three.
Tip: Sometimes letting go of things is hard, putting things in the undecided box gives you more freedom to think on it. Put the item in the box, let it sit there for a couple of days and come back. to it. It will help you distance yourself from the emotional ties and make an objective decision later on. 📦📦📦📦