Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. If you desire to live with fewer material possessions, then minimalism can lend a hand. A minimalist lifestyle allows people to understand their potential; because of this, they see others around them with the same potential to achieve success. It is marked by clarity, purpose, and intentionality. At its core, minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it. It is a lifestyle that forces intentionality. As a result, it forces improvements in almost all aspects of your life.
Below are 5 mindful moves or habits that can have a profoundly positive impact on your day-to-day activities in your home.
Mindful Move #1:
Discard Waste & Wash Your Dishes as Soon as You're Done Using Them
The Result: It's safe to say, no one particularly likes washing a sink full of dishes. It's best to discard the remaining waste in a receptacle and wash your dishes immediately after using them. Not only does it become easier to maintain a clean, clutter-free kitchen, it negates the anxiety of having to clean the large "pile" of dishes or attract pests.
Mindful Move #2:
Sort Through Mail When You Receive It
The Result: Mail is one of those things that tends to pile up fast. Instead of sorting through a massive pile of bills and junk mail as the "pile" grows, it's easier to do it on a day-to-day basis. It only takes a couple of minutes! Immediately place any papers you don't need in the recycling bin and scan and save digitally any important documents that you might need to reference later.
Mindful Move #3:
Clear Off Counter Tops Every Night
The Result: No matter how neatly lined-up your appliances are on your kitchen counter are or how organized all of your beauty products are on your bathroom sink, if there are too many things on your countertops your home will look very visually cluttered, not to mention hide crumbs and other residual fragments. Make it a point to wipe down counters and store things away into cabinets and drawers when you're not using them.
Mindful Move #4:
Be Strict About What You Bring Into Your Home
The Result: Maintaining a minimalist home isn't just about keeping organized the things that are already have in your home, it's also about keeping out things that you don't really need. Be more mindful about what you say yes to. Your space is finite and precious. Only take in the things that you absolutely love and know you will use. Don't let family members unload their junk on you. Give yourself 24 hours before you "confirm order" on an online purchase.
Mindful Move #5:
De-clutter Little Spaces on a Regular Basis
The Result: Although doing a major cleanse of your home in one fell swoop is ideal, finding time and energy to do so is challenging - don't let that deter you from minimalism. By de-cluttering one little space of your home at a time, you still achieve minimalism bliss. Make Sundays (or any other day of the week) your de-clutter day and tackle just one junk drawer, kitchen cabinet or closet shelf. It doesn't have to take long at all. You'll be amazed at what you can get done in a short 15-20 minute time frame.
From my heart to yours, take what you will and pass it on.