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How to Simplify Your Life and Home in 10 Easy Steps

by Household Essentials • May 07, 2019
How to Simplify Your Life and Home in 10 Easy Steps
 
If you’ve come to this blog, you’re just one of many people looking to simplify your life and home by decluttering your space and embracing organization and a “less is more” mindset.
 
It’s no wonder that decluttering and organizing your home goes hand-in-hand with simplifying and improving your quality of life. Many people find that organizing and minimizing clutter in their home can contribute to a space that is more relaxing and soothing. Studies have shown that your living environment affects your physical and mental state, and a clean space can help you feel more productive and energized.
 
If you’re thinking about embarking on a journey toward simplifying your home and, as a result, your life, these 10 steps should set you on the right track.
 
1. Start small
 
Many people can feel easily overwhelmed by the thought of decluttering their entire home, which can sometimes prevent them from ever starting. It’s OK to start small. Even if you only work for 30 minutes a day or a couple of hours every weekend, you’ll soon start to see a difference. As time passes, you may feel empowered to knock out bigger decluttering tasks as your decluttering journey gains momentum.
 
2. Shift your mindset
 
The road to simplicity wasn’t built in a day. As time goes on and you make strides toward decluttering and simplifying your space, give yourself time to enjoy and adjust to the new life you’ve brought to your home. When  bringing any new items into your home, evaluate the place they’ll hold and think objectively about them. Is this something you’ll likely toss later on? What purpose does it serve? Is this something you truthfully can’t live without? Is it replacing something you already have, or is it just an addition? Help prevent the need for future decluttering by avoiding bringing clutter into your home in the first place.
 
3. Work room by room
 
Whether you plan to work slowly or more aggressively, working room by room is one way to chip away at simplifying your home. It’s OK to start with smaller or “easier” rooms, too. Even if it’s an easier task, completing it will help you gain momentum in your process.
 
4. Work by category
 
Similarly (and in addition) to working by room, many people find it helpful to work by category. This is especially helpful for larger rooms with more clutter, like a bedroom. Spend time working through each category, whether it’s clothes, accessories, books, papers, or other groups of items.
 
5. Visualize what you want your space to look like
 
Look carefully at your space and try to visualize what you want it to look like. Eliminating clutter is likely a part of your ideal vision, but are there other items in your space that are preventing you from achieving what you have envisioned?
 
6. Figure out what you use
 
Many people struggle with holding on to items they might use someday or under certain circumstances, or not knowing just how many things they need. A common strategy for dealing with this is identifying what items you use or don’t use over a period of weeks or months. For example, for kitchen utensils, empty everything into a box or bin and take items out as needed. After you use them once, keep them in the rotation. Anything left in the box after a month can be donated. For clothes in closets, a common trick is to turn all your hangers backward. After you wear something, put it back on the hanger and put it back in your closet the right way. After a month or two, identify the pieces you don’t wear as often by looking at the hangers that are still backward.
 
7. Identify problem areas for clutter
 
Clutter problem areas can be entire rooms or closets, or areas within rooms. Keep track of where clutter usually piles up and look for reasons why. It’s important that you not only go through the process of decluttering, but also actively think about how to prevent clutter from collecting in the future.
 
8. Keep surfaces clean
 
Resolving to keep surfaces clean can be a huge step in preventing clutter from accumulating. As you go through your decluttering process, however long it takes, make sure to keep tabletops or other surfaces where clutter tends to accumulate clear. Instead of setting miscellaneous things down where you usually do, take care to sort through, store or dispose of them immediately.
 
9. Find smart organization solutions
 
Making sure that every item in your home has a designated spot is important to keep areas clear. If everything has a proper place, it’s easy to keep things where they belong and not let them accumulate in other spaces.
 
One of the most difficult parts of decluttering or trying to achieve a more minimalist look or decor style is dealing with those small, essential items that you want or need to keep handy, but don’t want cluttering up tabletop surfaces, shelves or drawers. Invest in household storage and organization solutions that keep these items in a specific place, but also stored away.
 
10. Create organizational systems
 
Whether it’s a new way to hang your clothes, a system for making sure mail or papers don’t pile up, or shifting how you store pantry items, putting structured systems for organization in place will help you (and others in your household) keep things where they belong and easily identify clutter.
 

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