Minimalism: How to Apply It To Your Life
When it comes to minimalism, there are many things that you can do to help declutter your house, mind, electronics, and more. Knowing what to do and how to commit to minimalism is the biggest part of avoiding stuff from controlling your life. It’s important that you actively practice minimalism and look for ways to best declutter your life.
Minimalism isn’t an easy lifestyle, but it’s a rewarding one. You’ll have more time to do the things you love and even devoting your time to others. By decluttering your house, mind, and actively practicing a minimalistic lifestyle you’ll benefit from it and so will others. Here’s an in depth list on how to apply minimalism to your life.
Declutter your Closet
As you all know, I have a capsule wardrobe. So, I only have about 30 pieces of clothing that I wear per season This allows me to keep my closet to a minimum and it allows me to buy more expensive and quality clothing that will last much longer than the cheap stuff. Not only do I have a smaller closet, but I also have more time in the morning because I don’t stand sifting through my closet for hours on end trying to find something to wear. I know how each piece creates an outfit in my closet and it just depends on how I’m feeling that day. I get dressed in less than 3 minutes – tops!
Declutter your Kitchen
I don’t know about you, but my pantry is just about the most cluttered thing – well, in my whole house. It’s something that takes a lot of time to go through and organize and I just can’t seem to find the time to do it. Shame on me! My pantry is the next thing on my list. By organizing your pantry, it’ll take much less time to cook because you’re not digging through your whole pantry looking for a spice or a certain ingredient. I’m hoping to buy canisters and label them all to make cooking more efficient.
Declutter your Electronics
This is a huge one considering modern technology. CD’s and DVD’s are a thing of the past! Get rid of those old CD’s and DVD’s that are taking up precious room in your house. Turn them into electronic copies and back up those copies on a hard drive or even in iCloud. As a designer, I already pay for iCloud services. I may as well use them to declutter my life too!
Declutter your Home Office
Paper is another thing of the past. I hardly do anything on paper anymore considering technology. So, any paper that you have laying around in your home office like old bills, tax documents 7 years or older, to do lists, budget sheets, etc. Those can all be done online and you don’t need to clutter up your home by having those lay around or even have a filing cabinet dedicated to papers.
Declutter your Notifications
This one is a huge time saver for me. I get constant notifications from my email (I have two emails – personal and professional), Facebook, Instagram, and several other Apps on my phone. Simply turn off those notifications because they’ll distract you from the task on hand. It’ll save you time because you won't have to refocus on the task that you were doing before Seventeen.com sent you an email on “Top 10 Ways to Get a Guy to Like You” popped up in your notifications.
On the same note of decluttering your notifications, do yourself a favor and unsubscribe from those pesky unwanted emails. I used to sift through over 50 emails a day from unwanted sources. After unsubscribing from several places, I only have about 5-10 emails a day that I actually read and value. I’ve gained back precious minutes from clicking and opening each and every email and I also get less distractions from those notifications.
Declutter Your Bedroom
I don’t know if I’m the only human on the planet like this, but I can’t sleep well when I have a cluttered bedroom. Everything needs to be in it’s proper place or I lose valuable hours of my sleep. It takes me longer to unwind and relax because I keep thinking about the clothes on the dresser that need to be folded or the nightstand is super messy from a recent cold. It drives me up the wall. Be sure to declutter your space as much as possible. Sure, leave a couple of candles that smell good. But the rest can go!
Declutter your Bathroom
I’m mostly talking to you ladies that spread your makeup, hair products, hair tools, and other things all around your bathroom counter. (Don’t worry, this happens to me occasionally too!) Just put all that stuff away and clean off your counters. You’ll save yourself time from searching that counter for the eye shadow brush that mysteriously found its way under the hand towel along with 12 bobby pins that you just scoured the house looking for. See where I’m going here? Just take a moment to organize your bathroom space and simplify your morning getting ready process.
When you’re following the minimalistic lifestyle, you’ll become much more aware of how you spend your time and what you spend it on. You’ll realize that you spend a lot of time on certain daily tasks by over complicating the process. Analyze your time and see what ways you can improve on and how it suits your lifestyle the best.