Minimizing Clutter

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If you are anything like me, a lot of your anxiety in life is tied to your environment AKA your home. Recently I watched the Netflix documentary, Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things per my husband's suggestion. Now, while I am in no hurry to rid ourselves of bed frames and side tables, I love the idea of slimming down what you own.

I am, admittedly, kind of a messy person and a little OCD at the same time. I know. These two statements contradict each other, but in all honesty this is how I work. My office at most times is a mess. My bedroom, clothes everywhere. My kitchen and living room? Usually spotless. It is because I exist mostly in the bottom half of my house and I take pride in keeping it clean and organized. This isn't always easy when it comes to having a toddler and two dogs. Slowly, I have really focused on how to rid our house of unnecessary clutter and to keep it (generally) clean. A lot of this minimalist thinking started when we were going through the steps to try to sell our house a couple years ago. We got rid of furniture we didn't need, tidied up messy spaces with a more organized approach, and got rid of BAGS of clothes. When we did this, we realized how much we actually loved our house and it felt like we could breath again. We ended up not selling the house. 

 

In addition to the house, I like to think of my style and my designs as a form of minimalism. In a world where trends move fast, this momma simply can't keep up. I love the idea of the time capsule closet because I usually only have three or four favorite pieces of clothing anyway. I also use my clothes as the background for my jewelry because I love to accessorize. Hence why I use the "three necklace layering" idea. You really only need a few key pieces and then you can slowly add to your collection. I put a lot of time and effort into my designs and I want you to love these as your go to pieces.

It is amazing how much decluttering can really help your overall mental wellness. Here are some tips that I figured out along the way that can maybe help you as well.

  1. You don't have to fill every space. This includes wall space, shelf space, etc.
  2. Less is ALWAYS more.
  3. Less "stuff" on the shelf means it is easier/quicker to dust and clean.
  4. It is okay to let stuff go. Don't like that side table anymore? Get rid of it. Better yet, sell it. Haven't used a casserole dish from your wedding, ever? It's time to let go of it.
  5. Simple is chic. From your jewelry to your wall.
  6. Throw spam mail away immediately. Don't let it sit on your counter for months. If it contains any important information, shred it. Immediately. No need to keep it around.
  7. If you have a lot of decorative pillows, only purchase pillow cases, not the whole pillow, so you can rotate through the seasons.
  8. Store extra blankets or pillows in baskets or a trunk to reduce a cluttered room.
  9. Extra points if you have functional decor (i.e. beautiful cookbooks, musical instruments as wall decor, a basket for towels to wipe dog paws, etc.)
  10. Large framed chalkboards make for an easy and cheap way to change out artwork in your room.