Less is more. Minimalism is the art of living a simpler life with less clutter in our homes and less worries in our mind. It is living in the present moment with less surplus life clutter.
Minimalism is a process of finding out what matters in our life and letting go of all the physical objects and emotional strongholds using up our precious time and energy opting instead for a simpler, cleaner more beautiful life.
Our homes are only the beginning of the journey and minimalist homestore we focus on quality purposeful pieces that will streamline our homes.
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Declutter Your Life: Quotes that Will Help You Let Go
Written by Courtney Carver
It may take some time to declutter your life, but it will be time well spent. As you let go, you’ll begin to really understand what matters to you. You will likely notice that the stuff that surrounds you, and demands your attention and energy isn’t as important or meaningful as you think.
That’s exactly what happened to me. When we downsized a few years ago from a big house to an apartment less than half its size, I wasn’t ready to let go of some things. I sealed up five boxes of stuff I thought was important. I wrote the following in big letters on the top of the box. “Put in storage. Decide later.”
When we found our new apartment, there wasn’t any storage space so I let those five boxes go. Today, if you offered me one million dollars to tell you what was in those boxes, I couldn’t do it. I don’t remember. The stuff wasn’t important.
Letting go of my stuff helped me remember what mattered to me. Letting go helped me decide how I wanted to live. If you’d like to let go and declutter your life, these quotes will help.
Less stuff. More love and connection. Ok?
If you don’t use it, let it go. If it doesn’t add value to your life, let it go. If you can’t afford it, let it go. If you don’t want it, let it go. If it weighs you down, let it go. Own what you want but remember, it owns you right back.
Challenging myself to dress with less with Project 333 changed my wardrobe but more importantly it changed me. I realized that no one cared what I was wearing and that I could feel confident, smart, beautiful and loved without buying anything new because I am confident, smart, beautiful and loved. Not because of what I own, or what I wear, but because of who I am.
You are too.
We have to stop believing our happiness lies in the next thing we buy, or the next thing we do, or the next person we see, or the next goal we accomplish or expectation we meet. Happiness isn’t waiting for us. Happiness is within us. It’s not always available to us and it can be fleeting but it is not something you can earn, buy or find.
To clarify, a full house not counting people and pets, just all that other stuff.
You have to organize your things over and over again, but you only have to de-own them once.
Don’t save the good stuff for a special occasion. Life is a special occasion. Use the good dishes. Wear and enjoy your favorite things. Let go of the rest.
Think about how you really want to live in your home. Then you’ll know what to make space for.
I know it sounds obvious, but time after time, we declutter after the holidays or for spring cleaning, or because we are sick of all of our crap and then what do we do? We fill up all the spaces. Stop filling all the spaces. The next time you make a little space for yourself, fill it with all the ways you really want to do life. And if you don’t know what you want to do with the space, just sit with it. Take your time. Answers will come.
Simplicity = clarity.
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7 STEPS TO A CLUTTER FREE LIFE
“The thing I love the most about hotel rooms is how tidy they are and how they are not filled with all my stuff”. This is a common feeling, the surplus things we own can sometimes make us feel weighed down, or even trapped, paying for storage is an example of things gone too far, at this rate our possesions may well be on the way to owning us. Time to put things back in order and choose good living over things. The reality is most non essential items in our homes use up valuable real estate and could indeed be be given away for a new life elsewhere. The place to start is our 7 step guide to making room for life:
1. Gifts & Old collections
A gift is a beautiful thing, it is a sentiment of affection that is given through a physical object. If however, we will never use the item, doesn’t mean you have to keep it.
“We hold onto gifts even though we don’t like or enjoy them because we feel guilty giving them away,” says psychologist and author Dr. Bartell.
“They weigh us down emotionally and cause physical clutter. We keep things that don’t match our sense of style, and we then don’t have space for items that would truly bring us joy.”
The same applied to old collection of items. We often collect things during specific times in our lives – but that interest doesn’t always last a lifetime. “The collection is associated with memories of a time in life or a person, and so the difficulty with parting can be the unconscious feeling you are abandoning the memory or person,” says Dr. Gail Saltz, psychiatrist and host of “The Power of Different” podcast.
2. Clothes and Shoes
Everyone clears out their wardrobe at some point, when they move home, change their lifestyle, change clothes size. The age old question of how many clothes does one person need? is valid. Project 333 by Minimalist Courtney Carver advocates dressing with 33 items (including shoes and accesories) for 3 months.
If this sounds too difficult consider sorting your wardrobe into seasons, so many people I speak to would love to have a “capsule wardrobe”, but what most people don’t realise is that they already have one, it is the items we take on holiday, the items we seem to wear-wash-wear, are our favourite clothes by default, and if they are not, then we need to ask ourselves why are we living by defult and not through purpose an example is not wearing our favourite clothes. We need to go from an unconcious capsule wardrobe to a cocious purpuselful one, then we can see the keys items we really are missing. When buying new clothes a move from disposible fashion to quality forever clothes should be the way we live. My mother recently gave me a handmade merino wool jumper her mother made her in the 70s and it has made it into my winter capsule wardrobe because real quality lasts decades and decades. Buying quality over quantity is a no brainer to protect the environment.
When sorting through clothes Marie Kondo has a method of sorting what to keep and what to throw away mainly focused on our emotional response to each item. If it does not “Spark Joy” she beleives we should dash it out. She says we should put all our clothes on the bed, sort items into two piles the spark joy pile and the thank you, but no thank you pile.
Paperwork can quickly stack up if we do not follow the one touch rule, we should treat it in the same way as our email inbox, one touch then sorted.
Marie Kondo recommends sorting into two piles urgent and information stacks. My husband and I have a cloud, but I have heard of people having a remembereing things whatsapp group with their partner where they take a photo of anything they need to remember and then shredding everything right away. In this digital age there is no reason to have any paper floating around.
Old greeting cards, receipts, manuals, boxes and even photos are part of this paperwork category. One touch rule.
Having no paperwork can make you feel much more in control and ontop of your finances. Consider going digital with all bank statments and downloading money management apps like dashboard, where you can view all your credit card and bank accounts in one place.
4. Kid’s clutter and your own childhood keepsakes
Clever storage bins and teaching children to stow away their own items is setting up your kids for a minimalist lifestyle too. “Kid clutter makes parents anxious, because it is so difficult to clean up and to find a space to keep it, so it worsens the feeling of being out of control — a feeling that so many parents already have around raising kids, when things aren’t going smoothly,” says Dr. Bartell. Teaching children overconsumtion is wasteful is important and can sav children from a life of debts as adults.
Letting go of our own childhood keepsakes is something we all face in our lives and the attic makes it our own future problem. “Facing up to the fact that a former treasure no longer holds its old magic is to acknowledge that we ourselves have changed. And often that realization forces us to ask ourselves, okay, what now would be a source of happiness?” says Waters.”Change always brings up questions of who we are and what we want out of our lives. To find that the collection of dolls we’ve had since childhood no longer enchants, is to be forced to grow up. Always a tricky prospect.” If you have ever watched toystory you will know toys need loving children.
5. Broken items
Items that are broken end up on our own to do list and this makes us relive how it became damaged and make us feel guilty we have not yet taken it to be repaired. The one month rule should be applied here, we should give ourselves 30 days to get it repaired or it is time to say goodbye. End the to do list and set yourself free.
“My theory is that it’s a feeling of lack,” says , Anjie Cho architect and inerior designer. She belives we hold onto items because we think it might be useful one day and we will not have enough in future.
6. Books, CDs & DVDs you no longer love
“Books inspire such strong emotions, because they have been portals into other worlds, they gave us other lives and expanded imaginations,” says Christina Waters, PhD, author of Inside the Flame: The Joy of Treasuring What You Already Have.
Most of us have CDs that represent a special time in our life, but today is important too. Mainstream CDs are all available online, DVDs can be recased to use up less space. Music and books matter, but consider going digital where possible.
7. Unplayed hobby items
When we don’t contiue a hobby the left behind item is a nagging reminder. Minimalism is about being content with today.
“Abandoned or unused hobby supplies are a form of aspirational clutter. It’s much easier to collect the materials for a hobby than to make the time and effort to pursue it,” says Francine Jay, the blogger behind Miss Minimalist and author of The Joy of Less.
We need to make a decision if we have to see our tennis racket or violin we have not played in years we need to set a target, for example give ourself 30 days to use it or donate it, you may find this approach will lead you to reconnecting with your old hobby or at least drawing a line and moving on without having to feel guilt every time we see the unsued and unloved item
One in one out rule to help Letting go
A good tip is to donate one item every time you buy an item this is the “one in one out rule” needs to exist with all items entering your home to maintain your wardrobe, kitchen and every room uncluttered and will save you ever having to declutter again.