My first steps toward a Minimalist Home

I know hate is a strong word but it’s the only satisfactory way to describe my feelings toward clutter. I’m not the cleanest or most organized person by any means, unfortunately, but that is not due to laziness. In my case it’s largely due to me being clueless how to be systematically neat.

I’m constantly researching effective methods to achieve an organized and tidy household with long lasting results; some methods stick and others don’t. Recently, I stumbled across a book by Marie Kondo, titled The life-changing magic of tidying up, which says the first step is to discard items that no longer serve a purpose or give you joy. Makes sense, I thought. Previously I’d always buy large containers from the dollar store and stuff them with all the useless things I had no place for around the house. Stuff I didn’t want to throw out because maybe I’ll need this or that one day. The result: plastic containers with colorful lids taking up about one third of my walk-in closet. It was pointless, really.

And so I rolled my sleeves up, marched into my bedroom and dove right in. Believe it or not but I filled five large trash bags with items that were useless, broken or just garbage. Hauling those bags to the trash container outside felt incredibly liberating.

Next, I filled two laundry baskets with clothing, jewelry and purses to drop off at consignment stores. If I can make a quick buck, great! If not, then the items will be donated to Goodwill.

Lastly, I’ve decided to have a big yard sale next month and every day I’m adding new items into cardboard boxes, labeled Books & Movies, Toys, Kitchen Utensils, etc.

My ultimate goal is embracing a minimalistic lifestyle. I want to be able to walk into my house and not feel suffocated by clutter or unnecessary items wasting precious space. My house isn’t filthy, nor am I eligible to audition for an appearance on Hoarders – but it could definitely look more put together.

Has anyone else read Marie Kondo’s book and has it really been life-changing? What are some tried and true methods you guys have used to stay organized?

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