It all started with a book…. ''The life-changing magic of tidying up''… I loved the book, it's a great book to give you some direction, yet that doesn't mean that you need to follow everything that it says, but use it as a tool to give you Ideas.
After I finished reading that book, I was introduced to other books more towards minimalism. That's when I started researching the minimalist movement, there are so many people choosing this lifestyle, some taking them to crazy extremes, others decide to do it for different reasons, they want to be more eco-friendly, others they like the aesthetics, others do it because it fits with their frugal lifestyle.
I have read books, some blogs and even watch videos on all different views, only one single thing tied them and that was that they were all living minimalistic lifestyles.
I started to see this minimal concept as a tool that I could implement in my life and my home in a way to:
- Get rid of all the extra stuff we have lying around collecting dust.
- Hoping that our home runs a bit smoother.
- Freeing up time in our (my) schedule by not having to be picking up messes every day.
- Being more conscious of the things we purchase and making more eco-friendly choices when possible.
- Also as a way to avoid consumerism, it is so easy to get sucked into buying the latest trends, electronics, cars, etc.
I have done so much already, yet I can't wait to go for another round. My husband is loving the simplicity and how the feel of our home has changed and he loves helping with the little projects that I have been doing.
I will be journaling my next wave of declutter, this time around I just jumped into it and didn’t take any pictures.
So here are a few tips if you want to get started;
- It needs to be done in stages, this prevents having to repurchase things simply cause you threw the original by mistake.
- Start not by room, but by space for example; in my room, I started by decluttering the nightstands, then the next day I did my vanity, and the day after the closet and kept on going on the rest of the house.
- once you have a full room decluttered look and see if you love the room and/or if you need to do some redecoration.
- Don't start in another room until you have completely finished the one you are working on.
- If something is broken needs to be replaced or repaired please do at the moment because if you leave it, you won't ever get to it and it will just be clutter.
- Make a budget!!! there will be things you will want to change a budget will keep you on track and prevent you from spending too much.
One thing is for sure decluttering your home, your space makes you feel so good, so centered. It's amazing that something so simple can bring so much peace and balance.
I honestly can’t wait to see where this journey takes me. Have you been thinking of decluttering or maybe reducing all your possessions in your house?