The recent Netflix series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, has started a minimalist revolution in the US. The KonMari method consists of gathering all of one’s belongings only keeping those things that “spark joy”. If you’re looking to start your minimalist journey, we’ve put together a list of a few good places to start!
Pack it Up
Most of us can attest to having a junk drawer and let’s face it, many of those drawers turn into junk rooms eventually. Together with family or friends, pack everything up into boxes as if you were moving – except for absolute necessities. Over the course of the month, slowly unpack only the belongings you actually need. You can pick out a few items each day, or each week if you really want to test yourself. Then by the end of the month, you will be able to see what items are still sitting in boxes and can be either thrown away or donated!
Arrange Your Closet
You can thank Oprah Winfrey for bringing this decluttering tip to the mainstream. If you have a full closet with clothes you forget to even have, it may be time to start a donation box. Start by hanging all your clothes with hangers in the same direction. After you wear an item hang it back in your closet but facing the opposite direction to show that you have worn it. In a few months time, you will start to see which clothes you should probably part ways with!
After going through these minimalistic tips for your belongings, it will be important to make decluttering and organization a habit. Mail and stacking papers can lead to a good percentage of our clutter. Rather than stacking them all over in our home office, kitchen counter, or in a drawer, designate a specific inbox tray for all your mail and papers. This will keep your paperwork better organized and all in one place. This will also keep the paper clutter from spreading throughout your home.
Clutter will find you whether you have a new home or have lived in the same place for years. Simply clearing out the unnecessary items from our homes can be extremely rewarding and important for your homes’ cleanliness. If you’re still hesitant to get started going minimal, remember to ask yourself which items truly spark joy!