The idea of a minimalist life is attractive to many people. It’s nice to imagine needing less and saving more money. Minimalism also appeals to those who want a smaller or nonexistent carbon footprint. Cutting down on what you need reduces your pollution, so it’s a dream many people want to achieve.
Once you take a look around your home, you might realize it’s going to be a bit of a challenge to get started with minimalism. The first step is to get rid of things you don’t need, so you only use what’s necessary every day. Anyone who’s lived in the same home for years, has a family, or generally holds onto things they buy or receive knows how easy it is to dread any kind of cleaning.
Here’s how to get started with minimalism and start decluttering. If you take things one step at a time, you’ll get through the extra mess around your home and finally begin the minimalist lifestyle you want for yourself.
1. Start With One Room
Cleaning an entire house will take a while. Even if you live in a one- or two-bedroom apartment, there will be closets, cabinets and other storage areas to sort through. Before you wonder how you’ll ever finish cleaning, narrow your focus down to one room.
Start with a place you use every day, like your kitchen or living room. Seeing it with a new minimalist design will give you enough energy to tackle the rest of your home. Once you pick which room you prefer, you can get down to business.
2. Organize Your Shelves
Messy shelves are an eyesore, especially for minimalists. Cluttered decor doesn’t look good in a home with pared-down necessities, so start with your shelves. Take down any old picture frames, wilted plants or dusty books. Leave whatever looks nice, but see what works best on its own.
3. Get Decluttering Supplies
There are many kinds of decluttering supplies you can use to clean your home and make it neater in the future. Trashbags and antibacterial wipes are great for cleaning, but you’ll also need boxes and bags for the belongings you decide to donate. Don’t forget about optional supplies like label makers, clothes hangers and file folders for all the little things.
4. Remember Your Junk Drawers
It’s easy to clean the messes right in front of you, but don’t forget about junk drawers, too. The place you throw paperclips and markers may conceal 67% of your household junk, especially if you have more than one drawer for odds and ends. You can always get more bread ties or bag clips later if you need them.
5. Make a Schedule
Once you finish cleaning your designated room or your home, make a cleaning schedule so you keep up your new minimalist environment. Remembering to dust, vacuum and declutter regularly will help you maintain your new organized life and thrive in it.
Focus on One Task
Getting rid of clutter from over the years may take a while, so focus on one task at a time. You’ll eventually make your way through the mess and live the minimalist life you want.