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Minimalism – How to Minimize Clutter from Life


There are one hundred and one things that you can get rid of to de-clutter your home. There’s also important stuff that you should keep. If it’s emotional memorabilia, don’t throw it away by all means. The same applies for useful possessions or items that you will surely purchase again. Keep the things if you can create space for them in your home.

Toss out duplicate utensils and small household necessities. Dispose of broken things that are not worth repairing or will cost you more if you buy a new one. Throw away gifts that you are not keen on using. Or if your instinct says you don’t need the mug, picture frame, or decoration. Dump things that are no longer useful to any of the family. Gather all of these household items according to category – Keep, Donate, Sell, and Reuse.

List with Timelines for De-cluttering

Build a list for each room that requires de-cluttering. Then, come up with a reasonable timeline to finish your task in every area. One day per room looks logical enough but allocate one day off for performing other chores or relax to avoid getting burned out. De-cluttering should be done one place at a time to make your work more manageable. Organize the rooms according to priorities.

Sort out the room by sections listing down boxes, closets, shelves, and cabinets or dressers. You need a space for all the stuff. Make up your mind on things to keep and those to do away with through a garage sale or giving away to charity. Ideally, you require three containers.

  1. For things you intent to keep
  2. Items you want to dispose of
  3. Belongings you think must be stored

Label each container accordingly so you don’t get mixed up while in the process of cleaning your abode.

Some items to get rid of are the following:

  1. Old clothes, magazines, books, and throw pillows
  2. Broken makeup and fashion accessories
  3. Old toys and decors
  4. Unimportant documents and old mail
  5. Birthday or greeting cards
  6. Expired food and condiments
  7. Expired medicines
  8. Broken toys

Buy Goods that you need

People make purchases every now and then. However, there are things people buy which are of no use to them. You must control your urge to avoid impulse shopping even before you enter the department store or supermarket. Formulate realistic criteria for commodities that deserve your hard-earned money. The cardinal rule is not to buy anything that will simply end up in the closet or trash bin. Most people own a heap of junk that is not really useful but find it difficult to throw away. Keep this idea in mind. You’ll end up spending a lot more money, wasting time, and exerting effort by having more crap inside the house.