By Rita Wilkins
The Downsizing Designer

Perhaps you are one of the lucky ones.

  • You’ve already downsized to a smaller, more manageable home and in the process, you got rid of a lot of the things that you no longer wanted, needed, or used. Like all of those boxes in the basement or attic that had been sitting there since your last move.
  • You’ve even continued your decluttering journey once you moved to your smaller home because you have less space and you don’t want it to look cluttered.
  • Your home feels organized, comfortable, and peaceful. You like how the uncluttered space makes you feel.

But now you’re wondering… What else can you edit from your home and your life to make your life even simpler?

First, I want to congratulate you if you’ve come this far. I know you put a lot of work into it, many hours, and perhaps a few tears along the way.

But for those of you who have not yet accomplished your downsizing and decluttering goals, please don’t get discouraged. Rather, be inspired by this message and these minimalist decluttering because you, too, can learn how to declutter and live happily with much less.

Just remember that the clutter didn’t appear overnight, nor will it disappear overnight. It will take time, energy, and focus on one drawer, one shelf, and one closet at a time.

Downsizing and decluttering is a process. It’s ongoing. It’s a work in progress. 

There’s always the next step, a next level that you can achieve especially when you understand how living with less improves not only your home, but also your family life, your finances, and your stress level.

Bottom line: Living with less makes room for you to live more!

These 6 tips that I am sharing will help you edit or curate your home and your life so you can begin to experience the joy and richness of a minimalist lifestyle.

What does it mean to curate your home and your life?

It’s about being intentional, mindful, and purposeful. It’s about using what you have and having only what you need and love.

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6 Tips to Curate Your Home So You Can Have a Simpler Easier Life:

1. Develop a minimalist mindset

The less you have, the more you will value what you do have. It allows you to make room for what matters most. More time with loved ones more experiences and more memories.

2. Use less and reuse more

The less you have, the easier your life becomes.

  • Less to clean
  • Less to organize
  • Less to manage
  • Less expense

Making do, repurposing, and reusing what you already have is being intentional. It saves time, money, energy, and resources.

3. Create positive habits

Everything you own should have its own “home” so you can find it when you need it. Putting it back where it belongs each time saves time, energy, and frustration.

These purposeful habits make life easier.

4. Develop regular maintenance routines and schedules

Spend 15 to 30 minutes each week decluttering things that found their way into your home (i.e., junk mail)

Each night before you go to bed make sure the counters are cleaned off, dishes are done, and clothes put away.

This intentional practice gives you peace of mind as you go to bed at night and as you wake up in the morning.

5. Keep an “outbox” near the door

This box will serve as a visual reminder to regularly declutter what you no longer want, need, or use.

When you give these items to people who want, need, and will appreciate them it is a purposeful form of recycling.

6. Enjoy the seasonal changes

When you change out clothing seasonally, it’s an opportunity to go through closets and remove what no longer fits or items you do not wear.

When you donate these items to people who want or need them, like winter coats, you are being intentional, mindful, and purposeful.

When you learn to declutter like a minimalist, these 6 simple tips, used regularly will help you achieve that simpler more abundant life that you are seeking.

You will save time, money, and energy that can be used on things that matter most to you. Once you start implementing these tips you will quickly realize how living with less improves not only your home life, but also your family life, your finances, and your stress level.

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