Once you’ve managed to declutter your home, how do you keep it that way? In our consumer-driven world, the temptation to buy more stuff is just a mouse click away.
Here are some decluttering tips that can help:
1. Before you buy something new, ask yourself these 3 things:
“Do I need it?”
“Do I love it?”
“Does it fit with the life I want for myself?”
2. Apply the “One In, One Out” method. If you buy a new shirt (that you simply must have), get rid of a shirt that you already own.
3. Make sure everything you own has a “home” where you can easily put it away when you’re not using it.
Consider what Francine Jay, a self-acclaimed minimalist says about clutter:
“To me, being a minimalist isn’t only about white walls and empty spaces. It’s about eliminating the distractions that keep us from fully appreciating life.
The less stuff we have cluttering our homes (and the less “to-do’s” cluttering our time), the more energy we can devote to the things that are truly important to us.
My goal is to find that elusive point of “just enough,” whereby I own nothing more than that which meets my needs.
I believe that minimalism isn’t about emptiness for the sake of emptiness — but rather making room to move freely, think clearly, and open ourselves to the beauty and wonder of life.”
I think she captures it rather nicely.
With calm, cool thoughts,
~ Maggie ~
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