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.
Many posts will tell you that you can create a minimalist, clutter-free home in a weekend. While this is an appealing idea, creating a quality, peaceful space isn’t quite that simple.
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.
I told you, I’m all about starting small. 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 the 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.
Ok, we’re working our way up in the world! Once you’ve cleared through all those pesky papers, work your way to those little things scattered around. 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…
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.
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!