May 11, 2021

Minimalism: what do you really need?

Minimalism is a personal process that requires asking questions about what is truly essential to you in your daily life. What people consider essential can vary greatly from one individual to another.

So what is minimalism?

Many people tend to associate minimalism with a major decluttering of their living space. However, that’s just one step in the process. The latter involves not only sorting material belongings but making a significant change in lifestyle. This can involve relearning to consume responsibly and logically and choosing balance and simplicity. In fact, choosing minimalism means accepting to keep only what is really important to you.

How do you “minimize”?

Over time, we accumulate a lot of objects. Some evoke memories or are back-up items, i.e., “in-case-I need-them” belongings. For some, these items are so important that they become the basis of their sense of security. To begin, do a visual inspection of each room in your apartment or house, including your cupboards. Make sure to have a neat and tidy space before engaging in this exercise. Then, and then only then, will you be ready to start the major overhaul.

Simplify the sorting operation

Going one room at a time, look for things you don’t use or almost never use. Sorting experts recommend working in the following order: clothing, books and magazines, documents, miscellaneous objects (practical, electronic, etc.), followed by sentimental objects (gifts, cards, photos, souvenirs, etc.). For each item, ask yourself if you could live without it or why it’s so necessary for you.

The second step is to divide your physical belongings that you don’t need anymore into three categories: To give away. To sell. To throw out. Charities like the Salvation Army, Renaissance and neighborhood thrift stores will be happy to accept your donations. Many online sales platforms (e.g., Facebook MarketPlace, Ebay, Etsy) are ideal for giving your possessions a second home or making some money. To make this activity more fun, invite one or more friends to help you. It’s a great opportunity to offer them some gifts.

Some advantages of minimalism

Daily upkeep of your living space will require much less time and effort than before. You’ll feel like your home is more spacious and bright. With everything in its place, you’ll easily find what you’re looking for. Your apartment or house will finally become the relaxing haven you have always dreamed of creating.

Spring is the perfect time to take on this project!

See also:

Creating a Welcoming Vestibule

Depersonalizing Your Home to Sell It

8 Storage Ideas for Your Home

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