A big trend in the minimalist world is, of course, decluttering. Decluttering is usually the first step on a minimalism journey, and whether you follow a Marie Condo method, a packing party or another idea, if you stick to it, you will get there in the end.
But what happens when you have done your initial declutter? How do you keep your belongings decluttered and your home in a minimalist state? Well, the truth is, for me, I can’t. My house has never been as decluttered as it was after that first declutter, and the truth is, I am completely okay with that. I have found my minimalism groove, and here are 5 things that help me stay minimalist.
- Decluttering while tidying.When I put away the washing, when I put away the dishes, when I am clearing up papers, I always keep decluttering in my mind. I try to look at each item I put away, and make sure it is something that I still want, that I still use on a regular basis. I check the condition of these items and make sure they are something that can still provide value.
- Declutter when something breaks.When something breaks, I do not replace it, at least for 30 days. For example, I recently talked about how I have not replaced my kettle that broke a couple of months ago. When an item breaks, I think it is a really good opportunity to test myself, to see if I could live without whatever it is. I never could have imagined that I, an avid tea lover, could live without a kettle, but the fact is, I just don’t need one.
- Declutter when someone needs something.When someone around you needs something, that is another great opportunity to declutter your home. After all, one mans trash is another man’s treasure, so if you can help someone else with something you might not be using, or could live without, why not try it? You can even lend the item out to someone on a temporary basis, just to see how you do without it. Just be careful that the person actually needs or wants the item, this is not an excuse to palm off your stuff.
- Declutter seasonally.Whether its clothes or holiday decor, decluttering seasonally is another great way to keep your clutter in check. At the end of the season, when putting away items, if there are any that you don’t love or that are broken, that is a great time to part with them.
- Declutter when you feel like it.Sometimes, we just have to work with our moods. Some days, I wake up and I am just in the mood to declutter, and some days I just don’t. Whatever you are feeling, go with it, but really, really go with it. When you feel like decluttering, really go for it, declutter everything you can while you are in the groove. Often, getting into it not only keeps you in the mood, but you can often build on it to achieve other small goals in your life.
What helps you declutter? I would really love to hear about it in the comments below. I am always up for trying new ways to declutter my home. Do you like what you are reading? Why not subscribe to hear more, or comment below what you would like to hear me talk about.