Today I am going to share with you how I continue to keep my home clutter free. One of the big questions I get is, “How do you stay minimalist? or How do you keep the clutter from returning?”
First I have to start by saying, I have already decluttered my entire home over the past year. I went room by room and decluttered every single area of my home, read becoming minimalist what has changed.
Everyday Minimal Habits
I stay minimal and clutter free by keeping up with a few simple habits. The first thing I do throughout the year is keep track of what is entering my home. I try to stay extremely picky with what I allow to come into my home in the first place. The simplest way to do this is think long and hard about what purchases you make, and I also say no to most free offers (unless we need the item).
I also have a one in one out policy. This is a strict policy that I have made for our home. If you have ever spent a year of your life decluttering then you know what I am talking about. While decluttering can be fun once in a while, a solid year of decluttering is a lot of work. If anything comes in I make sure something similar is going out. An example would be I buy a new shirt I make sure I am donating a worn out item. If the kids get a new toy I will ask them to pick something they don’t need anymore to donate. By doing this we stay neutral or at our current amount of items. Even with this policy somehow things creep in!
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This is when the seasonal declutter enters the picture. How to do a seasonal declutter? This is really easy because this is a simple quick declutter that can be done in an hour or less. Each time the seasons change I go through my house and gather any items that I know we haven’t used in a while.
The reason this is easy is you are not having to take everything out and go through it with a fine tooth comb. All you are going to be doing is entering the room, looking around and thinking about what you haven’t used or maybe something that broke or your kids grew out of. I don’t like to think too much about these items, actually if I have to spend too much time wondering then I usually just keep the item. I feel these seasonal declutters should be obvious things that you know you don’t need or haven’t used. Use common sense, if it is an item that you will need next winter then don’t get rid of it!
We have capsule wardrobes in our family so that makes it really easy to stay on top of how much we have in our closets. Each season when I change my wardrobe around I pull out anything that is too worn out or doesn’t fit and add this to the seasonal declutter box.
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This year I surprised myself by filling a medium size box for the goodwill. I have noticed with the more decluttering I do the easier it is to make decisions on what to keep and what to donate.
With this seasonal declutter 4 times a year I am able to keep my home clutter free without much effort.
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