Recently, after watching many videos on minimalism, I have finally started taking my first few steps in living life more simply. I wanted to share a few tips and tricks you can use to instantly live a de-cluttered and minimalist life. However, before we begin, I would like to clarify that minimalism isn't about owning NOTHING or owning so little. In my humble opinion, minimalism is about owning more of what you use,need and love and owning less of what you don't use,need or love.

Why is minimalism beneficial?

Many scientific studies have been conducted to assess the physical and mental benefits of living in a de-cluttered and minimal environment. Some of these benefits are:

  • Being surrounded by a clean environment has been proven to reduce stress levels of both women and men
  • Performance,productivity and creativity are increased when you have a spacey, minimalist environment. That is because you are able to focus on the task at hand instead of being distracted by all the clutter in your environment.
  • Having a minimalist environment is usually linked to having a strong mental state. Now, it doesn't necessarily mean that you're not thinking of anything! What this means is that you are able to filter your thoughts so that the positive ones remain and the negative ones go away. Furthermore, minimalism promotes clarity in your unconscious mind too, as you have literally and figuratively gotten rid of the excess trash and junk.
  • Having a de-cluttered environment is closely linked to having a higher self-esteem.This is because having a de-cluttered environment can unconsciously trick your brain into thinking that you have your life organised and in order.

Now, I will give you a few tips which you can follow so that you can get started on basic minimalism.

  1. Plan before you act- The first thing to do is to make a plan of action. Whether you do this by a To-do list or a checklist, it is important to plan how you will go about de-cluttering your life. A good plan of action is to split everything into categories. You can do this by the rooms in your house or the type of objects you own. It's up to you! After you have a plan, you can allocate time to different sections so that you do this whole process as productively as possible. You don't have to do everything in one day, in fact, I recommend that you split it up over a few days so that you don't get burned out and are as fresh as possible for the mental and physical de-cluttering you're about to do! I have created a printable for you guys to help you plan out your de-cluttering sessions, you can access it here.
  2. Sort through- This is the step where you actually start doing the work! The first thing you must do is to sort through your objects. Your objects must be split into 3 piles: Essential objects which you love and use, objects which you love yet don't use and objects which you don't use and/or don't love. By sorting your objects into piles, it will make you think about how much stuff you have which you don't actually need or use.

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    the 3 different piles you need.

  3. The final judgement- Under this step, you need to take a look at pile 2 and 3. First, split pile 3 into 2 parts. Things to trash and things to donate or giveaway. Trash the stuff you don't need straight away and neatly pack the stuff you need to donate so you can give it at your local charity shop when you have time. Next, take a look at pile 2, there are definitely things in this pile you can donate, put all of these things into your donate pile. Next, re-evaluate the stuff you have left in pile 2, is it really necessary to keep everything? You have to remember that materialistic stuff doesn't show who you are and doesn't really represent you as a person. Maybe it's time for you to let go of some of these objects which you think you can never part with.
  4. Clean-up- This is the easiest step! Tidy up the things you have decided to keep. Clean-up storage boxes and surfaces. Organise everything so that it is easy to find when you need it.
  5. Maintainance- You have to understand that this isn't just a one-time thing. True de-cluttering is an ongoing process. You have to take time every month to go through your stuff and follow the same steps as listed above. Maybe you can schedule a clean-up Sunday once a month? It's up to you, all that matters is that you review and evaluate the stuff you have so that you don't accumulate anything extra.

That's all for this post, in the next few posts, I may talk about de-cluttering virtually and maybe even de-cluttering your wardrobe.

Comment below, what tricks do you use to make sure that your environment remains uncluttered?

Also, would you like to see and article about virtual de-cluttering?

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Published by Aatika Seedat