Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful. ~ William Morris
I've been intrigued lately by the idea of minimalism, owning less to live more.
At first I thought - this was just decluttering with an artistic name. I still say that it's mostly decluttering but I've learned that it's just the how part of minimalism. To be successful at the how you need to address the why part of minimalism.
By now you're asking, "what does this have to do with house cleaning?" Well the answer is simple, a minimalist home is one that is quick and easy to clean and we are all about quick and easy house cleaning here.
Now first I must clear something up. Minimalism is not about sacrificing your comfort or living with nothing. Although, online I've read stories which for me goes to the extreme - one guy actually gave almost everything away keeping only his laptop and a few things that would fit into a knapsack.
Through reading stories online I've found that minimalism is a uniquely individual journey. It's not about sacrifice, it's about recognizing that you are not defined by material objects, knowing what you have and appreciating. In the end what you are doing is keeping items you love and/or are useful. This is a whole lot better than having overflowing garages of stuff you don't use.
Minimalism has many benefits and I like to sum them up as follows- STEM, gaining Space, Time, Energy and Money.
"Do I love it?"
"Will I use it?"
Third, in a minimalist home, you know exactly what you have and how many, so you avoid any repeat purchases.
The first step is to understand the why of your journey, otherwise you can get a whole lot of decluttering done and instead of feeling free, you feel depressed looking at empty spaces. In a situation like this- in no time at all your home will return to its original state.
Next, you can categorize your stuff. For example your categories could be, books, towels, socks, furniture etc.
Then for each category decide on the number of items you really need- like instead of 20 towels, maybe you only need four. So choose the four best towels from the bunch and and get rid of the others. The guidelines in this paragraph are from one minimalist's story here.
Since I started learning about it, I've stepped up my decluttering and have become conscious of what is allowed to enter the home. Here is a list of what I've done so far.
So my dear reader, minimalism is nothing to fear, it not about depriving yourself of the pleasures or luxuries of life, it's about freeing yourself of material objects that you don't love or use. Remember if you choose to start on this journey of minimalism, yours is a unique journey, one that will lead you to a home that is quick and easy to clean.
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