I’ve always love images of modern minimalist homes. White walls, streamline, minimal furniture, clutter free countertops. I thought I was emulating this pretty well until I started to really challenge myself to “cut the clutter…”
I’ve been reading the book “The Joy of Less” by ‘Miss Minimalist’ Francine Jay, and decided I needed to challenge myself to do a 30-Day Minimalist Home Challenge. These have been floating around the Internet for a while now, especially after The Minimalists showed up on Netflix (their ‘game’ requires you to rid of a total of 465 items by the end of it!). I like to walk to the beat of my own drum, so the next 30 days will be my take on minimalism in the home.
Minimalism is different for everyone and it’s important that you know your own comfort level when trying to live with less. You can get rid of as much or as little as you’d like. But, before you start to take control of your stuff, you first have to define it, what it means to you, how you acquired it, and what place (literally or emotionally) it holds in your home.
The Joy of Less mentions that we can group our possessions into 4 categories:
- Useful: In order to be useful, the item needs to be USED.
- Beautiful: These are items we like to look at. They bring us joy as we walk by, or they create a ‘visual harmony’ with other items they are placed with.
- Emotional: These may have been acquired as gifts, have a link to someone or some event in our past, or were inherited; We usually feel a sense of obligation with these items
- Aspirational: These are items we think impress others.
Before the challenge can start, define the items in your home and start to decide which items bring some sort of value to your life.
Day 1: We’re tackling the closet!
Have Less, Live More