Creating an ideal world can be a task that seems impossible when trying to do it in a big way, but all it takes to do it properly is a focus on making each life itself “ideal”. One of the best ways to do just that is to focus on minimalism and how it can bring order, comfort and clarity to each person who uses it. There are different ways to add minimalism in a big or small way to a lifestyle, but focusing on it in a broad sense is the best way to see what is realistic for a lifestyle and what isn’t. Take a look a these simple, quick helpful tips on becoming a minimalist and see which ones are the most realistic and approachable.
Get rid of anything and everything with holes
From clothing to tablecloths to linens to rugs, it’s important to get rid of anything with holes. If it’s a quality piece that is loved and appreciated, and the hole or ruined part is fixable, take it to someone immediately—no, not when you have time … now!—and get it fixed. This is going to be critical for making sure that each part of the home has quality pieces and that these inferior options will be thrown out, as they should be.
Use the “yearly” cycle
From clothes to appliances to cosmetics, if it isn’t used in a yearly cycle, make sure that it gets donated or thrown out. After all, what isn’t used in a year isn’t important enough to take up space in a home. This can be tricky to do, as parting with “important” possessions is always difficult, but focus on the fact that anything that gets donated can be enjoyed by someone who will treasure it every single day, so it’s truly for the best.
Pick the preferred pieces of clothing and use them as a base for the rest
Triaging a closet is one of the hardest things about minimalist living. The key to doing this as painlessly as possible is to focus on those favourite pieces in each closet. Use these staple pieces that are so loved and get rid of anything that doesn’t make the same feeling pop up when it is held or worn. This may need to be done in stages (especially those who have all four seasons) to really get the closet slimmed down.
Replace inferior options with quality ones
For all things that your purchase with the new minimalist lifestyle in mind, remember that quality is key. From a new pair of boots to a microwave, quality should be the determining factor when shopping. Sales are great, but only if it’s for something that is to be trusted in terms of its overall quality and purpose in the household. Resist the temptation to shop just for the sake of doing it! This is money-saving in the long run.
Keep on top of the paperwork
One of the biggest things to clutter modern homes is paperwork. Whether it’s bills or newspapers or junk mail, it needs to be sorted through and filed according to its role. Recycling or garbage can be thrown out, and those important papers that need to be kept, should be filed away neatly out of sight.
Organize through kid’s toys regularly
It’s a common fact that most kids have too many toys, and organizing through them once or twice a year really isn’t enough. The home should be emptied of toys that aren’t played every week. A kid’s attention span changes, and those important toys can be kept, but those ones that never get used can make their ways to donation boxes where other children will be able to enjoy them. Once a month, this cleaning and parsing process can really be useful and is time-saving.
One thing that often gets overlooked in minimalist living is the idea of decor such as paintings and rugs and extra furniture. These pieces of decor aren’t really serving a purpose and can be donated to those who can really use it in their homes. Focus especially on paintings, bookshelves and knick-knacks. Most of them don’t have sentimental value and can be donated to someone who wants them. This will also help display those pieces that do, in fact, have sentimental value.
Make it a family thing
A great aid in minimalist living is to make organizing and sorting a family affair. This means time with loved ones, and a team effort to help make the workload lighter and easier for all involved. It will also help determine which items have true sentimental value and which ones just have perceived sentimental value. Sharing minimalist living can also help each family member really appreciate all that they do have, and it means that it will become easier to organize their own belongings down the line when moving or decluttering for whatever reason.
Keep it up
When it comes to minimalist living, it needs to be upheld each and every day. This means regular rounds of purgings and organizing, but what tends to happen is that this gets easier and faster as time goes on, so no more weekends filled with sorting and cleaning, it’s just a few minutes here and there and the house stays clean, organized, and the family’s life will be equally uncluttered and enjoyable.
Often minimalist living gets thrown in the same category as self-deprivation, and this really isn’t how it’s intended to be understood. Realistically speaking, minimalism is a comfortable and rewarding way to live, it’s about filling your home with items of value and taking away anything that doesn’t truly matter. Whether it’s useful to use minimalist everywhere in life, or just in certain parts, it’s worthwhile and rewarding as a lifestyle. All that’s left is to take these handy tips, apply them to life and see just how it all works out. Most people are surprised by how accommodating and satisfying it can be when done in the proper way.