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Learning how to simplify your home is extremely important! Your home should feel like open arms upon entering, and embrace you once you do.
Your home should be your safety net; the place you relax, rejuvenate, and build the strongest relationships; and where you are most comfortable.
The sad part is often times this is not the case with your home. You walk inside, see the clutter, and instead of relaxing, you become flustered. You instantly see the longest ‘To-Do List’ awaiting you, and that becomes all you can think about.
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Or maybe you have the coming home to a clutter-free home figured out, but something still does not feel right.
As you walk around your home, you still feel cluttered. You feel like the feeling of rest and relaxation is missing, but cannot figure out why.
If you are in either of these situations, please keep reading, because I am going to help you fix this!
There are two things you gain from this blog post:
- How to simplify your home in 4 easy steps
- How to simplify your home for good
Both are critical for getting your home to a relaxing state and keeping it that way! Let’s dive into it.
How to Simplify Your Home in 4 Easy Steps
In order to have a calming and peaceful home, you have to keep it simple. Often times the more that is seen, the less your mind can relax. It is constantly working, and the more it sees, the harder it works.
Following these steps to simplify your home will help ease how hard your mind works and allow you to rest and relax in your home.
Step 1 // Remove all home decor from the walls and shelves.
Box it all up and put it out of sight! By removing all decor from the walls and shelves, you are able to start with a blank slate. Leave it blank for at least 2 days.
You want your mind to reset and allow yourself to remember which pieces you truly miss. You may be surprised by what you remember and what you do not.
Step 2 // Pull out the pieces you miss.
For the past 2 days, you have thought of the pieces you enjoy and miss seeing. Pull these out and think of where you want to put them.
You do not have to put them back in the same place if you do not want. Enjoy what you have put out again for a minimum of 2 days without pulling out more.
Step 3 // Sort through what remains.
The pieces left are pieces you have either already forgotten about or they did not mean as much to you. If you have one or two pieces you come across you still really want to put out, do so now!
The rest need to be sorted for donation, selling, or tossing; and dealt with according as fast as possible.
Step 4 // Enjoy your new found sanctuary.
Now that you have rid your walls and shelves of the clutter you thought you loved, enjoy it! Your mind is finding a greater peace it did not have before you decluttered your home decor.
How to simplify your home for good
Now that you’ve gotten your home to a simple state, where you can relax and enjoy your home, you want to keep it that way.
The second part of this blog post is going to provide you with what you need to do to keep your simple home with zero worries of reversing all the hard work you’ve done.
1 // Don’t rush decorating your home
Home decor is one of the easiest ways to clutter a home without realizing it. When you take your time decorating your home, you’ll be more mindful of what you put back out on display.
2 // Do a 30 minute decluttering spree daily
If you haven’t heard about my 30 minute decluttering spree exercise, check it out so that you know how easy and effective this work is!
Doing this daily will help you stay on top of keeping your home simple.
If you’re like me and have an already super simple home, it won’t take that long, as long as you stay consistent.
3 // Remove furniture you don’t need
Just because you have furniture doesn’t mean it is useful. Declutter the furniture you aren’t utilizing and free up that space in your home.
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4 // Keep horizontal surfaces clutter-free
The quickest way to make a home look cluttered is having a lot of things on countertops and tables.
Clear off all the clutter from these surfaces and see how amazing your space looks afterward! I promise it will motivate you to keep them that way.
5 // Always go to bed with a clean kitchen
Going to bed with a clean kitchen not only allows you to sleep better at night, but it also delights you the next morning. Make sure you do this no matter how you feel or how tired you are.
Trust me, once you start doing this for a while, you’ll hate it when you skip out and wake up to a dirty kitchen.
6 // Meal plan and shop your pantry first
Kitchen pantries, refrigerators, and freezers need to be shopped before you go to the store to bring home more food. This helps keep things simple, reduces your food costs, and helps you not waste any food.
You’ll be amazed at how much longer you can go in between grocery shopping trips by shopping the food you already have first.
7 // Make your bed every morning
Start off your day with a win and clean space. It not only starts your day in a great way, but it is a constant reminder of how nice it is to have a made bed.
This win spills over into other parts of your life, including keeping other areas clean and tidy, increasing productivity, and overall boosts your mood.
8 // Keep a donation box by the door that goes out to your vehicle
This ensures that all donations are in one place and easy to get out the door when your box is full.
Having things to donate all over your home can clutter your home and allow you to forget to take something to the donation station.
A box by the door is simple, clutter-free, and you’ll never forget anything you need to take to the donation station.
9 // Clean as you go
Waiting for water to boil? Why not switch out the dishes or fold a load of laundry?
By doing something when you’re waiting on something else to finish, you’re being more effective with your time, which keeps your home simple, clean and tidy.
I use the rule, “Never leave a room empty-handed,” to ensure that I’m always being proactive with keeping my home simple.
For example, if I have a hairband on my nightstand and I’m headed to the bathroom, I grab the hairband and put it back in its home. It’s a small habit to start and very effective for keeping your home simple.
10 // Adopt the minimalist lifestyle
Living simple is great, but when you adopt the minimalist lifestyle, things become even more simple.
This doesn’t mean to go extreme unless you choose to do that.
It just means to remove all of the excess from your life and be very intentional with what you have and do.
This is the biggest reason that I’m able to clean and tidy my home in 30 minutes or less every day.
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Simplifying your home is a game-changer when it comes to relaxing and enjoying your home!
Just remember that once you simplify your home, you still need to take action to keep it that way.
The good news is that the things to keep it simple will become habits over time and you won’t think about all the work it took to get you to a constant state of simple.
If you’ve followed this advice and have turned your home into your oasis, please share below in the comments! I’d love to know how it went for you and what action you’re taking to ensure it stays that way!
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