Homeowners looking to simplify their lives are realizing that minimalist living has so many advantages: it’s cheaper, more eco-friendly, and allows them more time to do the things they want to do.
Some of the reasons homeowners want to simplify their lives are: their children have grown up and moved out, they are relocating, they are retiring, or they want to downsize to save money or reduce stress. Living simply brings more relaxation into your life and can allow you to focus on what’s really important to you.
Moving from a larger home to a smaller one makes minimalist living much easier. With a smaller home there are fewer maintenance costs, lower taxes and utilities, allowing more flexibility to do the things you want.
Start your minimalist lifestyle by following these steps:
1. Reduce your to-do list
Is it 3 pages long? Then it’s time to prioritize. Go through each item and ask yourself: Can it be done right now? Should you delegate it to someone else? Can you put it off until another time? Is it necessary? If the answer is yes then take the appropriate action until your list is cut in half.
2. Say no to major home projects
Draw the line when starting too many home projects, especially if you’re thinking of moving. Don’t spend time and money on expensive or unnecessary renovations. The idea is to simplify your living environment.
3. Downsize your home
Moving to a smaller house gives you more time since you won’t be spending it on cleaning rooms you don’t use. It can also save you money on heating and cooling, landscaping, property taxes, and upkeep costs.
4. Tackle the junk drawer!
A disorganized junk drawer will aggravate you every time you open it. Group like items together: rubber bands, change, batteries. Toss manuals or take out menus you never use. Use drawer cubes or a silverware tray to keep items organized and easy to find.
5. De-clutter your home
The more stuff you have the more space you need to store it, either with more rooms in your house or renting storage space. Beginning the de-clutter process can be overwhelming at first, so take baby steps. Start with one room, one closet, or even one file cabinet. Minimizing clutter in your home will make it a more relaxing place to live.
6. De-clutter your workspace
Simplifying your workspace will make you more productive. Get into the habit of clearing off your desk—and emails—at the end of each day. Organize both paper and desktop documents into folders so they’ll be easier to find when you need them.
Moving to a smaller home gives you more time and more money for what matters to you. Try these easy steps to start preparing for your move and simplifying your life.