Home is where we unwind, but it doesn’t help if your living space is in disorder. Here are 3 rules to simplify your home:
Rule 1: Get rid of clutter
Clutter is chaos. It’s eating up all the space in your home and robs you of room for more positivity. Our home is a living space and not a storage space, which is why it’s important to reduce the clutter to build more space for ourselves. It’s when we don’t have a clear idea of what we possess, that we end up buying more things. Many at times, duplicates of things that we already own!
Empty your boxes, drawers and wardrobes and examine the things that are in it. Once that’s done, it’s easier to organise your home and designate space for each item. This requires a lot of time and energy, so don’t expect to do it over an afternoon. Start with something small like your drawer in your nightstand and go through each and every thing. You’ll be surprised to find the things that you thought were lost or items that should be found elsewhere.
Decluttering lowers your stress levels and facilitates productivity. Having an organised home can help build clarity and space for your mind and soul.
Rule 2: Let it go
We all hoard a lot of things with the excuse that ‘It may come in to use someday!’. But does it? If it hasn’t been used in the past one year, you probably won’t be using it in the future as well. One of the way to simplify our living is to focus on what is essential and letting go of what is not important. What is considered ‘essential’ can vary from person to person, but the goal is the same : to make space for what adds value to your life.
We live in a society that makes us believe that our happiness is tied to the things we consume. We have all indulged in some ‘retail therapy’ at some point in our lives. The rush of pleasure in acquiring something new can definitely elevate moods. But that high fades just as quickly and we find ourselves in the repetitive act of shopping searching for that high again. We buy more and hoard more.
One of the key mantras to embrace the act of letting go, is to reflect on impermanence – the fact that nothing will last forever. No, that does not mean you be a nihilist and find no meaning in life, but the very opposite – cut ties with what’s not essential and make room for what’s meaningful. If you don’t use it or love it, get rid of it.
Letting go of objects is not just all about throwing things away. It can in turn help us build the habit of giving, donating and recycling. If it doesn’t serve you a purpose anymore, it probably can add value somewhere else.
When we are pushed to focus on the important aspects of our life and living with less, we gain a lot of self confidence. Instead of defining yourself with the trendiest clothes and shoes in fashion, you now have the freedom to define yourself by who you are and not what you own. More space to create and less to consume.
Rule 3: Commit to a system
Building a habit of decluttering and organising requires commitment. Doing it once does not do the trick, it needs to be followed through. This can be overwhelming but start with baby steps. Start with a simpler part of your home- your personal dressing table or a shelf in the living hall. This helps you gain confidence to move to the larger challenges in your home.
Set reasonable targets and plan decluttering sessions with the people you share your living space with. This develops accountability and helps anchor the habit in your life.
Putting your home in order can help us appreciate what we have, find joy in the things that matter and more heart to invest in what matters.