• Declutter Now-Minimalist Home Inspiration

    Posted on February 28, 2010 by in Decor, Inspirations, Minimalist Lifestyle

    One thing that I love about minimalist decor is that it is easy on the eye.  I do not feel overwhelmed, and I can enjoy the quality of what is around me.  It isn’t difficult to find everything that you need, when you know exactly what you have and where it is.   To create a minimalist lifestyle, you must declutter your home.

    There is always room for improvement when decluttering is involved.

    This process can take months to even a year depending on how much you own, and how minimalist you desire your life to be.  I have no intentions to become an extreme minimalist.  I do hope to be free of storage containers and organizers completely though.  There is no need to organize stuff that I probably could do without anyway.  I will have one exception, my art supplies which are already organized and put away nicely.

    Clean out as if you are going to be moving in a month.

    This concept is just to get you started with some gusto.  Everyone loves a fresh new start, yet usually dislikes the process of moving.  The accumulation of possessions can be shocking especially when having to pack and label a lot of boxes.  The actual moving day can be exhausting when you choose to hold on to everything from the past.  Or you can decide to eliminate the drama by clearing out now.  If you were to move next month what would you really want to take to your new home?  What do you absolutely love?  What things are you keeping because they were great at one time, or you think you may need it later?

    There is no need to keep anything that is unused.

    If you don’t use it now, you probably won’t even think about it later.  Let it go.  It is that simple.

    Get rid of three things a day.

    To pare down on what you own can be extremely time consuming and a huge process.  It took years to collect everything that you currently have.  By choosing to do a little bit everyday the task has now been simplified to a larger span of time, versus trying to get it all done in one weekend.  Minimalism is about simplicity.  Clearing out unneeded or unused items is necessary to live in an organized stress free environment.  Why not make the task of doing it simple as well.  Even one thing a day would be easier to start with.  With that thought process you could easily let go of three items.

    The best rule ever…

    If something new comes in, something old must go out.  This will keep you from accumulating too many things ever again.

    In the meantime, these photos are to encourage you tackle new projects of minimalism.  Each photo unique to its own style and minimalism.

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4 Responses so far.

  1. Joanna says:

    just found your blog.. am loving it! Since I sold my business, and after years of everything being stuffed behind doors.. by me and my hubby and 5 kids….. argh!!! i am finally liberating myself of ‘stuff”. You are so right in all you’re saying!! It’s funny to being with, but after a while you become a bit obsessed – well i am anyway. But still, having fun with it!
    Am also following simplemom.net – you might like her too.
    thanks again..

  2. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Joanna,
    Transitioning to a truly minimal lifestyle is such a process. I took some time off now I’m back to it again. I’m ready to go to the next level. It is extremely liberating! If you’re having fun with it, the process will be enjoyable as well as rewarding.
    Best Wishes,
    Dawn Michelle

  3. BC_Chelle says:

    Hey, Dawn Michelle! Great blog! Thank you for sharing minimalism with the masses.

    Be blessed!

    ~Chelle

  4. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi BC_Chelle, Thanks so much! Have a beautiful day!