When working toward having fewer physical possessions and decluttering your household, it does not always need to be area-specific. Being that Spring has finally sprung here in brisk Michigan, it only seemed right that we started our spring cleaning.
With our digital clutter out-of-the-way, we felt it was time to put the focus back on physical clutter throughout the house. We allotted ourselves the same general guidelines as with the area-specific decluttering.
- Pick something small.
- It should take 15-30 minutes from start to end.
- Make 3 separate piles. (Keep, Sell, Donate/Trash)
- Make sure to have a box handy. (You don’t want a pile of stuff that you’d like to donate or sell cluttering some other part of the house!)
- Have fun. Don’t make this a chore.
Of course, while sorting through your entire house this way, the keep pile is void. This time, it is a matter of removing that which does not add value to your life. A quick clean sweep of the house to remove the obvious and allow for better analysis of that which remains.
Because we have already sorted through the majority of our household, it allows us to better understand that which we no longer use or that we use so infrequently that it is unnecessary to keep it around (when something else could be substituted, ex. cooking pizza once every 6-8 weeks doesn’t require a pizza cutter in the drawer when a paring knife could do the same).
A single quote could be the main guideline for the entirety of this spring cleaning, or for becoming minimalist in general.
Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. -William Morris
This is what drives us toward further minimalism of physical possessions. Our venture to remove all distractions so that we are left with only that which brings beauty or use into our lives.
Were you able to rid yourself of more unnecessary possessions? Do you know where you will focus during next week’s Minimalist Monday? Or do you think that everything you own is of use or beauty?