Wednesday, 1 July 2020

10 steps to a more minimal home

I love getting tips on how to de-clutter my space and I love the idea of having a super minimal lifestyle. However, I do own a lot of stuff, so it takes me a while to do a full de-clutter of everything! I find that clutter makes a space look very messy, and I much prefer both working and relaxing in a calm and tidy space. It's also supposed to be much better for your productivity if you have a minimal environment to work in as it allows you to focus on the task at hand. 

With this post I thought it could be used as a checklist so you can minimalise everywhere in your home, from the kitchen to the bedroom, or it could be done as a challenge - do one of these tasks every day for 10 days, and you will be left with a decluttered space you can relax in and enjoy. 

#1 Get rid of odd socks (you’re never going to wear them) this is an easy way to start. And while you're at it maybe check the underwear drawers, anything with holes in should maybe go too. I have done a post on how to create a capsule wardrobe if this post inspires you to minimise your wardrobe. 

#2 Donate old books (to a friend or to a charity shop) once I have read a book I know straight away whether it's something I want to keep forever and will read multiple times, or I know i'm never going to read it again so I might as well give it away so someone else can enjoy the story. Books easily pile up and its very rare that we do go back and read the same book again, so save the space for something more useful!

#3 Tupperware boxes - get rid of any containers that don’t have a matching lid. If you can't use it then what is the point of it taking up space in your kitchen cupboards!

#4 Clear up the bathroom - use up any 'almost finished' shower gels and shampoos that get left behind so you only have one of each product in the shower.  This will make the bathroom look much cleaner and less cluttered. 


#5 Clean out your handbag(s), get rid of old receipts and gross tissues from the bottom of your bag. I always find a lipstick or five when I go through my handbags and its so much easier when you are looking for something in your bag when its not full of rubbish from the last couple of months. 
   
#6 Back to the kitchen - get rid of any jars or spices that have gone out of date (we all have these - you know, the one you bought for one recipe that you made once and then forgot about) and make a list of any you actually use and need to repurchase. 

#7 Virtual declutter - declutter your inbox, delete junk mail, unsubscribe from email newsletters. This might take quite a big chuck of time, depending on when the last time you did this was, but its really worth it to actually be able to find an email when you need it. 

#8 The beauty stash - most make up shouldn't be kept for more than a year, things like mascaras are much less. Take a look at your make up collection and if you've had it for over a year and hardly touched it... do you really need it? Putting out of date make up on your face is likely to cause acne and skin problems and especially should not go near your eyes. Gift make up you don't use to family and friends so you can focus on using the products you love.  

#9 Photos - whenever I take a photo I usually take about 20 to make sure that at least one is actually good. Take some time to delete all the photos that didn't make the gram because someone has their eyes shut or its a blurry selfie. I also like to make photo albums so I have physical copies of photos to keep, this way it doesn’t matter if you delete some when your phone storage is full. 

#10 Declutter your bedside table - my bedside table becomes a dumping ground for random items I bring into my room, I end up with mugs, glasses, books, moisturiser, lip balm etc on there when I want it to be a calming part of my bedroom which essential items I can reach for once I get into bed. I like to have my bedroom as a relaxing space as this helps me to sleep. A messy bedside table doesn't help me to relax when I am trying to sleep and doing this makes the whole room look neater!

I hope going through these steps has helped you on your way to a more minimal home and lifestyle. Streamlining what we have in our living space allows us to focus on what is important and generally gives more peace of mind. 


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  1. This tips are great! I should put them in practice haha
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  2. I am definitely NOT a minimalist, I have so much clutter! I like to tidy but find it so hard to get rid of old books or makeup or extra kitchen tools. I need to dedicate some time to slowly eliminating the excess!

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    1. I totally get that it can really be a long process! Try and do a little bit each day to declutter!

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  4. Fab tips, my love! I love a de-clutter and hate unnecessary stuff. WHERE does all the tupperware come from haha?! There are so many little things we don't need that we can get rid off, like odd socks and things with holes in. My boyfriend keeps EVERYTHING it's a mission getting him to throw stuff away!

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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    1. Thanks! Haha I have NO idea! Yeah it all adds up and you don't realise! OMG I think its a man thing they will never get rid of anything, even the most un-useful stuff!!

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  5. These are great! I love minimalism! Very specific tips too, I like that!

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  6. Some great tips here! I have just moved into a new flat so I am currently going through everything I need and what I don't!

    Amber - the Unpredicted Page

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    1. Thats a great time to have a declutter and create a really nice space for yourself! Thanks for commenting!

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  7. I have always wanted to be more minimal! These tips are amazing! Thank you so much for sharing ☺️

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment! I'm the same I am always trying to work on creating a minimal space!

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  8. I love these tips, they're super helpful. I am guilty of keeping so much Tupperware, but am in the process of swapping to a more sustainable alternative. I think it is important to live a little minimally as the world has so much unnecessary trash in... as does my house! I am off to have a clean out!

    Em | www.loveemblog.com x

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    1. I have been trying to do that too! Yes I totally agree with you, aha I'm glad I have inspired you!! x

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  9. These are good ideas :) I am guilty of cluttering my space and your tips would be helpful. Thanks, Liza!

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  10. This was such a great post because there’s certain things you never think of getting rid of such as odd socks, old emails and I am guilty of photo hoarding (even when I know it’s photos I will never use lol)
    Thanks for sharing !

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    1. I know so many things you completely overlook! I am so bad for photo hoarding too haha! Thanks so much!

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  11. I love this! Totally with you on getting rid of odd socks, sometimes you save them for that long and the other one just does not turn up haha! Great post xx

    Hannah | https://luxuryblush.co.uk/

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    1. Haha yeah I have gotten rid of them and then found the other one later on which is really annoying! Thanks for taking the time to comment! x

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  12. Great tips! I'm the worst for half empty bottles in the bathroom and just opening new ones!

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    1. Aha thats one of my pet-peeves! The inner minimalist in me can't deal with that! x

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  13. These are some great tips! I love having a minimalist bedroom (I haven't moved out yet oops) and haven't cleared it out in a while so will be using your advice to do so. The odd socks always get me - WHERE DO THE MISSING SOLOS GO? I always like to give my makeup a quick wipe over and sanitise every once in a while; and clear out as I go. Thank you for sharing! x

    Paige // Paige Eades

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment! I have been using the lockdown to go over every section of my home I'm going to have nothing left! I know so annoying!! Its always the socks you love as well that go missing! Thats so good to keep on top of your make up I defo have things out of date that I don't want to part with! x

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  14. Great tips! I recently cleaned out my bathroom and it looks fabulous! Now, on to the rest... :) x

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  15. I love this list! It's so practical, minimalism posts usually make me a little nervous because I have a lot of stuff and honestly kind of like it that way but things like odd socks and random tubs without lids are definitely things that need decluttering. I have a digital declutter at least once a month because I hate it when that side of things feel messy x

    Sophie
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    1. Thats so good that you keep up to it monthly in terms of a digital declutter, I should defo set a time each month to do it! x

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  16. I currently live with my parents so I've not got much of a say as to how I want the house to look, but I'm determined my future home will NOT be a place of clutter! X

    🌿 Marissa Belle × marsybun.com 🌿

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    1. Hahaha I completely understand that struggle! Thanks for commenting! x

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  17. I have also been trying to be more minimal and I know I am going to sound weird but I love a good declutter! These tips are all what I am trying to do as well :) xx

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    1. Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment! xx

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  18. I love these ideas for a more minimal home. So important to keep everything organized!! Whatever we don't need, definitely find a different home for them :). Thanks for sharing!

    Nancy ✨ exquisitely.me

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    1. Yeah thats such a good way to look at it! x

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  19. Some great tips - I definitely need to take some of these on board! :)

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  20. I swear we do steps 1 to 4 on a monthly basis and they always become problem areas again within a few weeks haha. This is a great post, thank you so much for sharing!

    Hayley | happilyeverhomebody.com

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    1. Haha thats so good if you keep on top of it on a regular basis - the worst one for me is probably the tuppaware or maybe the socks, I think that always gets forgotten as I always think I will find the odd sock to the lid to the box! x

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