“Clutter is not just physical stuff. It’s old ideas, toxic relationships and bad habits. Clutter is anything that does not support your better self.” ~ Eleanor Brownn
Decluttering means getting rid of unnecessary items you free your time, wealth, space and life from stress.
Reasons to declutter your life:
- Less wasted time. Everything needs time to be maintained. It’s up to you where you spend it. You can either invest your time on possessions or in your passions. The more you invest time on stuffs that give you a false feeling of pleasure, the lesser time you will have for what actually matters; as simple as that.
- More time to invest on what’s important. As you choose to reduce clutter, you will be left with the only things that matter. Your hobbies, passions and professions; you can spend your time doing what makes you feel alive because values are valuable.
- Money under control. Give away, donate to the charity, throw away or sell, whatever you do with the unimportant stuffs you save money (By selling you actually earn money). The more you reduce the lesser your maintenance cost would be, which means more money would be saved.
- Freedom to be free. When you will have less things to be worried about you will be free to do things that will make your life rich, you will have less burdens to travel freely whenever and where ever you want. And as minimalism saves money you will have less worries for emergency.
Where to start decluttering?
Where ever you want to. There are lots of areas in your life that can be simplified. Not only the rooms, shelves or digital life needs the magic wand of minimalism but you can also apply it in the areas like your health, schedule or even in relationships.
The best thing about minimalism is that there are no fixed rules. Keep as many things you want to keep as long as they are important and necessities (Forget about the myth of 100 items).
How to start?
- The beginning. The most helpful way would be tell the idea to your family, show them the benefits and ask for their opinions. This will make minimalism a mutual way of living among your family members and the teamwork will make the change faster and enjoyable.
- Changes take time. Start by taking 1 hour each week (Sundays or Holidays) to declutter a small area. Don’t try to do the whole thing in one day. Acting on smaller parts will help to adopt the changes easily.
- And determination also. Every change feels weird and uncomfortable at the beginning. That’s why you need to keep your inspiration and motivation alive by continuously learning about the topic and discussing them with your family.
- Try experimenting. Find new creative ways to get started with minimalism. Try the box theory TheMinimailsts said in their TED video or make a list of priorities of items to take action based on it.
5 Questions that help decluttering: (Found them on internet)
- Do you use it regularly?
- Does it have sentimental values?
- Are you saving it “just in case”?
- Do you have more than one?
- Can something else replace it?
Living the way of a minimalist.
Like any other habits or lifestyle minimalism needs to be maintained to keep it alive. Like time never stops the improvement should never be stopped. Find new ideas (I am sure you will get many as days past by) to apply to improve the way of life.