I read Joshua Becker’s The More of Less and fell in love with his approach to minimalism. He explains when you minimize items in your home it actually helps you to find what you truly want to do/ gives you the ability to help others more.
I would say this is very true.
In the past few months, I have decluttered a lot of the kids items and other things around the house. I was able to donate it to a “Moms Helping Moms” group as well as the Epilepsy Foundation.
It made me feel good knowing those items were going to good use. It also gave me the clear mind I have needed to restart my online coaching program.I used to train a lot of clients “virtually,” but between having the three kids and other things going on, it was hard to find the time to work on my program again. I started reading The Minimalist Home and it opened my eyes to even more. I started minimizing and decluttering some more this month, but this time trying to focus on the purpose of spaces. Take the kitchen for example (before; above photo);
I cleared out the counter tops and removed the coffee machine/ moved the paper towels. I already started putting away the toaster last year, but why not the coffee machine too? I make two cups in the morning and maybe a third. I found that I was constantly struggling in the corner to use the outlet for my phone or the laptop.
It’s been almost a week putting the coffee machine away after using (I wait 10 minutes to let it dry) and the kitchen vibe is so different, in a good way.
I rearranged our bedroom as well. I just missed having the bed against a light wall like in our old apartment. Well, the main reason was because there was a vent under that window for heat. It stopped working (and so glad it did, that small room gets hot fast!) last year and I thought to myself, why not put it there? What was I waiting for? I love, love, LOVE the bedroom even more now. It’s a space where I can find peace while reading or even doing work!I made the room fit the purposes I needed; comfort, quiet and focus. “The Minimalist Home” goes through each room in the house in great detailed. And although I don’t store anything at my desk, he does mention papers in the home office.
I was still able to take away valuable information on what papers you should keep or keep rid of even though I don’t have a set home office.
Even if you are not a minimalist, it helps declutter the home of items you may have never thought to get rid of or go through. Definitely give it a read!
Until next time… 🙂