A friend and I took a walk last week and my favorite topic came up, Minimalism. Our daughters are best friends, we have vacationed together and have grown very close the past few years. Yet, she didn’t really know how far our minimalist lifestyle was going. As we strolled the trail, she simply asked me, “how do you get started with something like that, I feel so overwhelmed by the amount of stuff we have. Your house always looks clean.” I realized in that moment, that I had been a fraud!
I will be honest, I like to have an organized home, however I am not an organized person. I used to spend hours cleaning my home, so it would be ready for guests. It wasn’t simple. It was actually quite exhausting. My friend see’s my home when I have spent time cleaning, and removing items from the counter tops and tables. She didn’t see the laundry strewn about the rooms, or the toothpaste smeared sinks. She saw the picture I wanted her to see. I wasn’t a tidy person, I just knew how to hide all my crap!
I wasn’t a tidy person, I just knew how to hide all my crap!
When I chose minimalism, I found that my home was no longer a mess all the time. I could actually tidy it in mere minutes. All the stuff, was the cause of hours, of agonizing cleaning. Once I removed items from my home, I found that everything had a place, and I could put things away. This lead me to some of my favorite tidying up tricks.
- If it doesn’t serve you, remove it. Take the time to declutter so the things you take care of are actually items that you need or love.
- If it takes less than 2 minutes, do it right now. Don’t put off taking care of a task if it takes less than 2 minutes to do. This will save your counter tops from becoming a landing spot. When you begin taking care of things quickly you will immediately see the benefits of keeping things tidy.
- Make your bed. Making your bed sets the tone for the rest of your room. If the bed is made, you are less likely to allow clutter to make it’s way into your room.
- Put everything away on your counters. I love having a clean kitchen, and counter tops. When the kitchen is clean it sparks more creativity. I am happy to make a meal, when I start with a clean slate.
- Before Bed, take a walk through your house and put things away. If you can start your day off without the mess, you set the tone for a better day!
- 5 minutes is all you need. If a task seems daunting to you, instead of trying to tackle the entire job, set a timer for 5 minutes. When the timer goes off, give yourself grace to walk away. If those 5 minutes motivated you, then by all means, keep up the good work!
Not because we have too much, but simply because we live here.
When you read this, you may be like my friend, whom thinks my home is always picture perfect. My heart wants you to understand that life is messy. Our home still lacks organization. Not because we have too much, but simply because we live here. I still trip over stuffed animals or Legos on my way to kiss my kids goodnight. Minimalism isn’t about perfection. Instead its a clear awakening, to life full of possibilities. Allowing ourselves to see clearly what truly matters.
Don’t seek perfection. Instead live this messy, crazy life, with intention. Do what you want, seek your own path, and keep pressing on.
Live Simply Friends,