4. Think Before You Buy!
It’s so easy when you’re at a store and something is on sale, or your friend just talked up this great new gadget, or you just see something you think could be useful in your home—so you buy it! The truth is, being a critical shopper is really going to help you reduce the amount of clutter in your home and help you live a more minimalist lifestyle. We’re all guilty of going out and buying things that we don’t really need. You often end up not using them, or you meant to return them but never did. Rather than getting caught in this situation, just be critical when you’re out shopping. I’ve been doing this lately with clothing, stuff for the house, and even groceries! I can tell you—it really has been a great way to reduce all the “stuff” that comes into the house.
5. Detach Yourself
We all have some inherent sentimental attachment to certain items which makes it feel practically impossible to get rid of them. Think letters from family, tickets from concerts, children’s toys, books from school… that kind of stuff. These are things that you’ve kept with you for a long time, or it’s been handed down to you by someone special. These items are typically associated with a lot of guilt, so when we get rid of them it’s like we’re getting rid of that memory. We’ve actually done a whole video on how to get rid of sentimental clutter, and trust me, I’m not ruthless! I know what this feels like because I’ve got a bunch of stuff that falls into this category that I need to deal with.
Stick With It!
According to research it usually takes two months (or 66 days to be exact), to create and really solidify a new habit. This means that you’ll have to stick with these minimalist decluttering practices for 66 days before it starts to feel natural. It’s sort of like healthy eating, you have to make it a lifestyle choice, not just go on a “diet” that will inevitably result in gaining all that weight back. You’ve got to decide that you want to live in a space with less clutter and live that minimalist lifestyle, and once you do, determine what that looks like for you and work toward it slowly. Like I said, it’s taken Chad and I almost two years to really develop these habits!