Building a Minimalist House: Quick Start Guide

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Marie Kondo has taken the world by storm with her decluttering tips. However, it takes more than finding out what “sparks joy” to improve your home. You need to build a minimalist house and this guide packed with tips will get you along the way.

Visualize a Minimalist House

Before you start to build a minimalist house, take a moment to imagine how you want your home to look. Which pieces of furniture do you want to keep? Which items do you want to donate? A clear vision will serve as a beacon through the process of decluttering your home.

Be Ruthless when Building a Minimalist House

Two of the most important questions to ask yourself when decluttering is: Do I need this? And: Do I use this? We often want to hold onto junk because it’s been around for so long, that we almost get a sentimental attachment to it. But you will never achieve a stress-free, minimalistic home with this mentality. Always ask yourself if you have used it in the last month. If the answer is no, get rid of it.

Set a Time Limit

Always set yourself a time limit per room. By giving yourself, say, an hour for each area, the mentality that you’re working towards a deadline can often push you to finish what you’ve started. This technique is also great in helping you make more decisive choices when throwing stuff out – the quicker you can get it done, the quicker you’ll be finished!

Declutter a Little Bit Every Day

Many of us shudder when it comes to thinking about decluttering our entire home, and we end up quitting before we start. But most of us can commit to decluttering just 20 minutes per day. The problem with that is we often think only doing 20 minutes will never make a difference. The truth is, by spending just twenty minutes a day decluttering, you’ll have a clutter free home in no time, and you will never feel overwhelmed by the amount of decluttering that needs to be done.

Declutter Your Belongings

Tackle your surface clutter one room at a time, with three bags to divide everything into: one bag that you’ll keep, one bag to be trashed, and another bag to be donated. Make a resolution to get rid of everything that isn’t either beautiful or useful.

Go Through Your Home By Category in Order to Build a Minimalist House

Once you’ve sorted out your surface clutter, it’s time to get deeper. Tidying guru Marie Kondo recommends that you should go by category instead. One day you can go through your kitchenware, another day your makeup, another day your linens, and so on. This will produce a much more effective result.

Everything Needs a Home

How many times have you needed something and just couldn’t find it in your home? This can be anything from keys to a band-aid. Then you end up having to get a new key made or going to the store for band-aids. Then guess what? You end up finding what you needed after you dealt with the aggravation of not being able to find it. Therefore, everything you own needs a home and needs to go to their homes after being used. Practice this habit daily and then in no time, you will have a clutter free home.

Throw It Away

Get in the habit of recycling or throwing away things that you no longer need. Every day do a quick purge and get rid of things that pile up on your desk or kitchen counters. Daily mail and papers are the biggest clutter culprits. Be sure to shred or recycle mail and documents that you do not need right away and file anything that you do need.

Set Up Routines

Establish set routines, so you know what must be done every day. Eventually, these routines will become a habit so you will do them without even thinking about it.

Pick a Spot for Papers

Rooms may be filled with papers in different spots – on the counter or dresser, in drawers, and sometimes even on the bed. Find an in-box tray where you can put your papers. Divide this area into receipts, manuals, bills, flyers, and whatever else you need.

Invest In Storage for Your Minimalist House

Adding new storage solutions to your home is a great decluttering and cleaning tip because it makes it easier to tidy and clean.  Inbuilt closets may be expensive but worth it in the long run. It’s also a good idea to use boxes to divide up the storage that you already have. Try turning around the hanger every time you wear each item of clothing. If there are any items that you haven’t worn after a year, it’s time to donate them.

Create A Rota

A rota is one of the best decluttering and cleaning tips because it will help you get things done in the evenings so that your weekends aren’t ruined by housekeeping. The tasks don’t have to be big – change your sheets one night, do your laundry another night, clean your bathroom the next night, and so on.

Stop Buying Unnecessary Things

One of the biggest ways you can stop clutter in its tracks is to stop buying unnecessary things. By only allowing what you need to enter your home, you will cut down on the number of items you will need to clear out later. Before you buy an item, think about whether you really need it, or if it is just something you will regret buying and need to declutter someday.

Deciding what to get rid of is one of the toughest parts of decluttering. Believe it or not, there are some things that are easy to get rid of.

Top 10 Declutter Habits to Adopt in Order to Build a Minimalist House

  1. Stop bringing new clutter into your life
  2. Spend 20 minutes every day decluttering
  3. Break large declutter projects into bite-sized chunks
  4. Follow the one in one out rule. Buy a pair of shoes, get rid of an old pair
  5.  Get rid of anything that you have not used in the past year
  6. Make your bed, do one load of laundry, and wash your dirty dishes daily
  7.  Learn to say “No” without giving an excuse
  8. Remind yourself that you deserve to live clutter free
  9. Don’t be afraid to get rid of something. Most things you can easily get again if needed
  10. Stop buying stuff just because it is on sale.  Yes, you may save 50% on the item, but you will save 100% if you do not buy the item at all

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