Minimalism is one principle of home decor and design that people have chosen to follow for centuries. Having fewer possessions is not only a relief for some, it also reduces the number of choices you need to consider when making a decision.
Having less clutter will also bring some awareness to your shopping habits, and before long you should find yourself shopping for less. De-cluttering your home is better for your schedule because you spend less time shopping and less time cleaning and caring for your possessions.
But when you’re used to having a house filled with knickknacks and miscellaneous belongings, where do you start? In this article we’re discussing our best tips for decluttering your home!
Make Giving a Personal Goal
Giving away personal belongings can be hard to bear, especially for those who have lived through leaner times. There is a difference between an item that’s used regularly and a possession whose usefulness is questionable.
By giving away things that you don’t use, you’ll see how little you actually need in your day-to-day life. Some people have chosen challenges to help them accomplish their goal of reducing clutter — a simple and common challenge is give one possession a day away either anonymously or not. It’s also a good way to practice generosity while cleaning out your home.
If you count the number of items that are currently in your wardrobe, you’re likely to own more than you need. Project 333 limits a person to 33 items of clothing for 3 months. You may adjust this number if it seems like too much a stretch, for example you don’t have to include socks, undergarments, and outerwear in the count.
Also, if 3 months seems like too much of a stretch, consider trying out the restriction for shorter periods. Start with one week, then two, four, and so on until 3 months is within reach. This will limit your wardrobe to only clothes that are often used, and will allow you to keep your closet clutter-free.
The 12-12-12 Challenge
This challenge is accomplished at one time. You will start with 3 categories: donation, garbage, and relocation and 12 items from your possession should be allocated to each category. In the end, you’ll find that you’ve thrown out 12 things, given away 12 things, and found a permanent spot in your home for 12 things. The importance of this exercise is that you’re making room for the possessions that really matter have a place in your home. After repeated exercise, soon you’ll know where everything belongs in your home.