While definitions of minimalism vary, the fact is that the fewer things you own, the easier it is to keep them organized. It is not for everybody but the concept of owning only the essential makes so much sense and truly makes life easier. Normally very organized people tend to become minimalists. You can learn more about it here.
3- It is ok to look messy if things are grouped together by category
This is not a rule I would follow since I like to look at pretty things and enjoy an organized place. However if this is your style, it is ok to group all your shoes in a large container, for example, all together. All your keys in another small container, and so on. You will always know where things are and no matter what style of organizing you follow, find the one that works for you.
4- Keep Decluttering a little bit every day
Organized people don’t wait until their life requires a massive organizing overhaul. They almost unconsciously look for any opportunity to get a tiny bit more organized. If you have a few minutes to spare, look around to see if you could put something away or find a new way to store the item.
5- Don’t Let Sentimental Clutter Hold You Back
It’s easy to fall into the trap of assigning sentimental value to everything we own, making it impossible to get rid of unnecessary clutter. Learn to let go.
An object is just an object, after all. Even if this object was a key element in your life in the past (like your grade 1 notebook) you don’t have to be looking at it to keep the good memories in your heart.
6- Store Things Where You’ll Remember to Look for Them
Although it seems obvious, we all have different ways to categorize items. For example, for me keeping the wine glasses close to the wine bottles make more sense but some people prefer to keep them close to the other glasses.
However if your organization criteria sounds unusual for the people living with you, let them know where they can find the items. Communication is key when sharing a space with other people. Everybody will be able to find everything.
Also be aware that evey time you make changes on where things are, it takes some time for everybody to get used to the new location.
7- Cycle Kids’ and Pets’ Toys
If you have kids or pets, cycle their toys so that they’re not all scattered around the house at once. A good rule is to keep 50% to 75% of your toddler’s toys and your dog’s squeaky toys packed away, rotating them every so often. Feng Shui purging should always include kids and pets stuff.
8- One item in, One item out
Bringing a new item into your home, whether it’s new clothes or new toys or new books, means you should take a hard look at the items you already own. Is there a shirt in your closet you haven’t worn in over a year that your new shirt could replace? If so, donate it. Make it a rule and avoid accumulating unnecessary things.
Hope these Feng Shui decluttering tips will make you feel good this spring. Actually even before that, starting to sort your possessions and recycling your home will have an amazing emotional effect in your life.
Your Spring Cleaning Feng Shui will make you feel refreshed and renewed to enjoy Spring and your nice and tidy home!