Let’s face it. Some us have the tendency to be hoarders. This then creates the problem of having your room being cluttered by objects that are of sentimental value to you. Souvenirs from your relatives who have just gotten back from a foreign country, the bracelets that your friends have gifted you, the boxes of objects you have purchased (that one day you think might be useful because you intend to sell them off, it’s understandable). This list goes on, and so do the things in your house that is burdened by these items.

It gets problematic when you have a space to yourself that gets swamped with odds and ends.

The solution? Minimalism.

The word itself even looks minimalist, right? So let’s get our heads around this word and what it really means.

Minimalism, at its core, is stripping down a subject to only its necessary components. It’s a tool to clear any excess in your life by only focusing on what’s important. The purpose of this to find freedom, having time to do more as individuals and living in the moment.

Here are some tiny steps to start off on this minimalist journey:

  • Get rid of duplicates

Those spare mugs in the kitchen? Chuck them out. The plastic spoons and forks that you unconsciously compile from take outs? Throw them away. CDs and DVDs? Digitalise them. Copies of the same book? You only need one. You may also get rid of that small, unused TV kept in the corner of the living room, which is quite sad because you’re now using your newer, bigger, flat screen television in the living room. If your heart can’t take throwing away duplicated items, you may reserve them in a box and give them to someone who would benefit from them.

  • Minimal furniture and appliances

My house has multiple big tables in the most random places and now that I think about it, they’re not being used practically. This is a situation where I should be clearing out the furniture that really has no use in the house. All these chairs, where did they come from?

A minimalist room would only contain the essential pieces of furniture. Your living room might only have a couch, a coffee table and a television. Your bedroom can contain a simple bed, a dresser and a bookshelf. And that’s all you really need.

  • Clear the floor and surfaces

Your floors should be clean with no clutter of wires, bags, clothes, papers, bags; you name it. Even the surface of tables should be free from items. You can opt for a decoration or two on tables, but you can donate or throw away the things that you do not need.

You might be wondering, what if I still need them? The next step will help.

  • Store your needed things out-of-sight

Drawers, cabinets and bookshelves can store everything you need. They might get cluttered over time, but that’s when you can set a time to de-clutter your storage spaces. Designate certain storage spaces and label them. This will make your house look cleaner and free of litter.

  • Small commitments, small changes

It will definitely take time to adapt to a minimalist lifestyle. You don’t have to be an extreme minimalist, but surely it is rewarding to see that your living room or your kitchen is clutter-free. That is a good start. Once you get comfortable at the pace of changing your home with minimalism, you can slowly, progressively increase it as you see fit. It’s not a race to have the barest house in the neighbourhood and it’s definitely not easy to let go of objects that means something to you. It’s good to pace yourself as you see fit.

Minimalism doesn’t happen overnight and if it’s not for you, it’s totally cool. But you have to admit that there is still the fact that having a cleaner-looking home does affect your way of perceiving the notion of materialistic needs.