By Rita Wilkins
The Downsizing Designer

Words are powerful.

If we tell ourselves, we can do something, we can. Conversely, if we tell ourselves, we can’t do something, we probably can’t.

When it comes to decluttering, your home, I often hear, “I can’t possibly get rid of XYZ… (mom’s, china, my kids, artwork, their high school trophies)” 

And… when I mention the word minimalism, it is often construed as deprivation for getting rid of all the things you love.

Not so.

In fact, decluttering and minimalism are about simplifying and minimizing things that get in the way of living a richer, more abundant life.

As you’ve probably experienced yourself, too much clutter in your home, can cause you to feel anxious, overwhelmed, and exhausted. it impacts the quality of your life in so many ways.

  • You can’t find what you need when you need it and that’s frustrating.
  • Your “to-do” list never ends there’s always something!
  • You waste way too much time, and energy, on cleaning, organizing, and re-organizing your stuff.

When you think of it…

  • You go to work to earn money so you can go buy stuff.
  • You take that stuff home and then you have to manage it, clean it, organize it, look for it, and repair it.

Buying more “stuff” contributes to that vicious cycle. 

When you choose to live a simpler life with less stuff

  • You have less to do, to clean, organize, and manage.
  • You have more white space on your calendar so your “to-do” list is shorter.
  • You have more time, energy, and freedom to focus on what matters most to you
  • And… you even end up saving money because you buy less stuff!

If you are ready to create a simpler life, with less this year, try using these powerful minimalist words/maxims.

To inspire you, motivate you, and encourage you to clear the clutter that distracts you, wears you down, and gets in the way of the life, you really want to be living.

To challenge your belief that more stuff will actually make you happier

To see clearly what matters most to you, so you can make that a priority in your life.

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Use these powerful words to help you create your own minimalist home and mindset.

1.   Declutter

When you have less stuff, you are making room for more living. If you want to live a simpler life, start by removing and getting rid of excess clutter… i.e., stuff you don’t want, need, or use.

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2.   Notice what’s left

Hint: once you’ve removed stuff you don’t want, need, or use, you start to notice what is left over and what makes you happy. It’s the things you need that serve a purpose in your life and that are meaningful to you.

Focus on these things that matter most, and prioritize only what you value.

This helps you focus on what you want to spend your time, resources, and energy on.

When you know what’s important to you, life gets much simpler.

3.   Say “NO” … A LOT!

Clutter is not just stuff.

Clutter is anything that gets in the way of living a simpler life.

Eliminate anything on your calendar that is unnecessary and that takes time from what matters most to you i.e., obligations and “shoulds”.

Learn to leave white space on your calendar by saying no to what you don’t want.

4.   Decluttering equals self-care

Remember, your home is your living space not a storage space for things you don’t want, need or use.

A clutter-free home provides calm and nourishment to your mind, body, and soul.

5.   Experiences matter far more than stuff!

Which is more important to you? Having more stories to tell about experiences you’ve had or having more stuff you bought to take care of and manage?

6.   Edit, edit, edit!

Decluttering is an ongoing process. Make it a routine, and establish new habits to consistently, and edit your home and your life. Remove anything that you don’t want, need, use, or love… Anything that does not add value to your life.

7.   Gratitude, contentment, “enough”

When you are grateful for what you have, when you are content with owning less, you shift your perspective from wanting and needing more.

8.   Little things matter most

When all is said and done, it’s the tiny moments you remember and will value the most…

If you want to create a simpler life, start by removing excess clutter in your home, and in your life. Use the power of the minimalist mindset and mantras to inspire and motivate you so you can begin to experience the true joy and meaning of living an abundant life with less!

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