4 Pile Declutter Technique
"Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from it."
I've been extremely content with living a minimalist lifestyle that I would like to give back to those that want to start living the same way. Minimalism is more than just having a capsule closet, which is how I started my minimalist approach to life. With minimalism comes space, and by having space we can re-direct our energy on what means most to us. It is so easy to get caught up in consumerism and buying things that we don't necessarily need that we forget to actually live contently. A few people have reached out to me asking how they can de-clutter their home and start living more simply. I hope that this post will give you some ideas on how to do that!
The idea of the "Konmari Method" (see my previous post here) is to minimize the amount of clothing you have by choosing articles that you need and love. The same ideology can be applied to anywhere in your home. It is important to start with one "area" of your home at a time, it can even be a corner of your living room or work space if you choose to do so. Depending on how many things you have this takes a lot of time and energy for some people, so remember to dedicate a day or two for a single space. For me, it took me almost 4 days to put together me and my husband's capsule closet(in the end we had 15 trash bags to donate!).
Begin by asking yourself some of these questions:
1. How do I feel when I'm in an empty room?
2. Do I get a peaceful night's sleep when I go to bed?
3. Does my living room create a sense of calmness and relaxation upon entering?
4. Is my mind decluttered when I'm in my work space?
5. How do I protect my personal space? How much of it do I need?
Start by making piles of clothes, articles etc. for the room that you want to minimize. Be merciless in your selection when doing so.
Pile 1: Items I LOVE: they are necessary and I use them frequently
Pile 2: I want to keep this but I'm not sure why.
Pile 3: These items I no longer utilize: Donate.
Pile 4: These items are not in a good condition (ripped, broken, rusted etc.), throw away.
Pile 1: Put back in respectful space.
Pile 2: Store and keep for 30 Days. If not used, without opening the box, donate.
There you have it! You now have space. Go back to the initial questions and ask yourself how you feel after completing your first minimizing project. Feel good? Move onto the next space.
Please keep in mind that minimizing does not mean "none". Although there are some minimalists that live in a house with only a few chairs, one bed, etc. I myself love having decorations and color on my walls. The idea is to minimize so you can move easier and be happier, not to get rid of everything so you feel "empty".
Please let me know if I can help in any particular way! Feel free to comment or e-mail me with questions, concerns, and feedback.
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