Today – Minimalism, Space & Letting Go
‘Letting go’ is a phrase commonly adopted in many areas of life – let go of toxic people, let go of the past and let go of the clutter! The latter has become increasingly popular as more people look to adopt a minimalist lifestyle. There is a certain satisfactory feeling of being able to live comfortably in your home without clutter, which is actually a task that is a lot simpler to achieve than you would think.
Achieving minimalism begins with a very basic step – decluttering. Eliminating clutter in your home will immediately create more space and streamline your home’s aesthetics and functionality.
The biggest challenge in achieving a minimalism lifestyle is usually just getting started. What do you keep, what do you throw away or donate, what if you need that aluminous green couch in the future.
Everyone has their own version of what minimalism means to them. Here we discuss basic steps to help with the process of ‘letting go’ in the home.
Start with one room at a time
Decluttering and cleaning an entire home at once can be intimidating. Focusing on one room at a time will make the task of decluttering a lot less daunting. One way to simplify the process is to put all your energy into a specific room until the job is complete and you have achieved an adequate and successful clean up – then move on to the next room.
There’s a place for everything
It’s important that you find a place for all items and designate certain areas for where they belong. Whether it be in a cupboard, in a box or on the floor; ensure that these items are packed away in their designated areas to make sure that the room remains decluttered.
Clear all surfaces
You will be surprised how much space opens up when you eliminate all surface areas of clutter. Kitchen counters and dining room tables are common areas that tend to gather items quickly. Get into a habit of not using counters as dumping areas – rather place them in their dedicated space. If no space exists, perhaps you don’t need that item!
Make use of in-house storage
There are so many opportunities to store regularly-used belongings in a way that doesn’t appear as clutter. In addition to drawers, cabinets and general storage furniture, you can also buy functional furniture that serves more than one purpose. For example, an ottoman that has space to store blankets inside, or drawers under the bed to store socks and extra bedding.
Use self storage
Once you’ve decluttered and tidied your home, you may realise that not all belongings can be stored at home and nor can you simply get rid of them. This might include sporting gear, seasonal clothing, sentimental items or hobby gear that you just can’t let go of. The good news is that you don’t have to! Self storage units are an incredibly convenient way to safely store your belongings conveniently and open up your home to space. The accessibility of self storage is extremely beneficial as you can access your belongings whenever you need to, with the self storage unit acting as an extension of your home. Take advantage of self storage services and use a reliable brand that you can trust with your valuable belongings.
These are five simple and effective guidelines that can help create a decluttered and minimalist home. It’s never too late to start the process and get one step closer to living a minimalist lifestyle.
Sandra Morris writes for leading UK self storage company Storage King, offering insight and tips into home improvement and how best to leverage property value, specifically for first-time buyers. A writer by day and a reader by night, Sandra is passionate about sharing her property and self storage knowledge to making a positive contribution to people’s homes and their investment returns.