Creating a minimalist home is truly a dream come true for me and my family. We love being surrounded only by things that bring us joy. But, don’t be fooled, the stress-free life with less didn’t happen overnight. My biggest suggestion, especially if you have a lot of clutter to work through, is to take it one room at a time. Trying to run through an entire house in a few short days will probably leave you with a big mess and a defeated attitude. In this post, I’m going to walk you through how to start minimalist living by decluttering your home one room at a time.
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The first thing to do is find yourself 5 good sized moving boxes and get them labeled.
You can take these boxes with you from room to room as you declutter so that everything stays easily organized instead of ending up in piles on the floor.
Having these boxes laid out will also help you clear your space so you can tidy it up and make some changes. If you’re going to put in the effort to downsize each room, I think you should take the time to make any other changes in order to make that room feel more welcoming and homey.
Before you begin pushing furniture around or digging under beds, start by gathering any paperwork or paper products that might be laying around.
The funny thing is, you could toss furniture, get rid of old toys and makeover a room, but somehow if there are still papers scattered everywhere a room still seems cluttered.
When it comes to decluttering a room, paperwork is a great place to start. If you have a room with old school papers, bills that have been paid, or stacks of magazines, start working your way through them.
Let’s dive into the top 3 types of paper clutter that consume our homes.
If you’re like a lot of parents and have a hard time letting go of your kid’s old school work, report cards, or paintings, set them in your “Keep” box.
How to keep old school papers
Using a 3 ring binder is a great way to keep all of these things together and organized in one spot.
There is a whole new craze sweeping the minimalist world called going paperless.
We are living in a digital age and a lot of things come to us in digital format. There are a lot of important papers that we have that either get lost or have to be filed into a filing cabinet.
What creating a paperless home does is put all of these documents in one digital location that you can access from anywhere!
There are a few places to put magazines:
Whatever you decide to do, get those bad-boys outta your house!
Maybe I’m the only one who has DVDs, tinker toys, and bobby pins scattered in every room of my house.
These objects are a minimalist nightmare. Every time my kids bring home a “goodie bag” from a birthday party I die a little inside.
But enough about me…
DVDs and electronics
If you rarely listen to or watch these items, see if you can “sell” them! There are some great places to get started when you are wanting to make money from old items.
Tinker toys – I’m going to get really honest with my parenting skills here. More often than not, when a tiny toy has been lingering in my house it ends up in the “Toss” bin. However, you may choose to show some compassion and put it in the “Put Away” bin.
Hooray!! It’s finally time to declutter the bigger items like nightstands, dressers, chairs, lamps…
Chances are you have thought long and hard about which of these items you want to get rid of and know the ones you aren’t yet ready to let go of. If you are still having a tough time deciding, what should stay and what should go, here are some things to consider:
Now that you’ve created a clear space to work with, it’s time to get in there and clean. Sweep, vacuum, dust or mop; whatever you have to do to give that space the TLC it deserves.
I swear magic happens after this step. Now you’ll find yourself with a totally clear, totally clean, fresh slate of a room. The possibilities seem endless!
Ok, your room is clear, cleaned and ready to be lived in again, but maybe you want to fix it up a bit first? Have you been considering a new paint color or some more stylish curtains? Then make those changes now!
Creating a minimalist home is all about creating a simple, clear space that you love. I’m not saying to break the bank and buy a whole bunch of new furniture! In fact, I’m telling you not to do that!
What I’m saying is find a few minor touches you can make in order to make this space more cozy and welcoming.
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It’s time to put your “Toss” in the trash (or recycling,) bring in your “Donate” box, get everything “Put Away” in the correct place, “Sell” whatever items you can and then start putting away your “Keeps.”
Once you’ve cleared away the things you don’t want, you can start getting intentional about your minimalist space. You have decluttered, made-over and all-around gotten your space ready to be lived in again.
This might be the time that you find there is more in your “Keep” box than you actually want to keep. That’s ok. Those other boxes are still right there waiting for you!
Now is the best day of them all…the day you get to sit back and breathe in all of your hard work. Even when I was a kid I loved this time. There is something so soul calming about a clean room. This one clean room has the power to totally amp you up to continue on your decluttering journey and inspire you to keep on going!