Becoming a minimalist means changing your life dramatically, at least for most people. That makes the idea exciting and scary at the same time. It's the scary part that keeps so many people from ever making these sorts of dramatic changes.
Becoming a minimalist doesn't need to be scary though, or even hard. If you take the right approach and use the right tools, you can transform your home into a clutter-free environment over time, and you can do so comfortably.
We explain simple steps you can go through using your spare time and access to self-storage in Littleton to help you transform your home over time. These steps and tips can be followed with ease, and with access to Littleton storage units, you likely won't feel overwhelmed at any point in the process.
Write Down What You Hope to Gain from Minimalism
It's nearly impossible to transform your home into the sort of minimalist space that you've seen in photos online or videos, without enough motivation. That's why this step is one of the most important of all. Sit down and write out the benefits that you hope to gain by becoming a minimalist.
Of course, you won't actually enjoy all the benefits on your list, and you'll likely discover some benefits you hadn't thought of by the time you're finished with your transformation. These benefits should be realistic, but they should help you get excited about changing your home.
Things like extra free time, being at peace while at home, saving money and similar benefits are a good place to start. Get specific about the benefits and try to make a list of at least five to get you going. Write them down, and keep them someplace where you will see them daily. This will help you stay motivated throughout your journey.
Start Small for Inspiration
Before you start taking truckloads of extra items to the donation shop, or offloading piles of items to your self-storage space, pick a small area in your home and focus on keeping it clutter-free for a month. It's best to start with a counter in your kitchen, a table in your home, or another section of your house that's known for its clutter.
Try to really focus on keeping the space clean. It needs to have the look that you imagine for your entire home for this step to work. During the month you can use this space for inspiration. Look at it often and imagine feeling the way you do about that one clean spot but about your entire house. As long as you can keep that space clutter-free throughout your journey, you'll have it to keep you motivated.
Toss out any Duplicates
Now that you're sufficiently motivated, it's time to get your hands on Littleton self-storage, or to set aside a storage space somewhere in your home you can use to process your extra items over time. With your space established, go through your home and weed out any duplicate items that you have. I'm not just talking about an exact replica of an item either.
A duplicate is another item that does the exact same thing as something else you have. Two toasters for instance, or a toaster oven and a standard toaster. It could also be a smart TV and a Roku or another smart box if both do what you need them to. Locate these unnecessary items and toss out the one you like and use less often. This might be hard at first, but it's the fastest way to get your journey to a clutter-free home going.
Tackle Your Wardrobe Next
With extras tossed out, it's time to declutter your personal wardrobe. Move the items you don't wear frequently to your storage units, while also packing away any seasonal items that you'll only need during another part of the year into the same storage.
Look at the closets of minimalists you look up to and use their own collections as inspiration to help you make adjustments to your own. Also, take advantage of any travel you do to help you refine your minimalist wardrobe and to really focus on having a core selection of clothing items and getting rid of the rest.
This process may take you a month or two, and that's okay. Work at removing items and refining your collection every week until you are happy with the results.
Fully Convert Your Home One Room at a Time
After you have your wardrobe transformed, you should move on to decluttering your house. Do this one space at a time in your home. Go through a single room, and send the extra junk to your Littleton self-storage unit for processing.
Also, get rid of anything you don't use frequently. You can add it to your storage unit in a special corner just for objects you don't use regularly. Let it sit there for a few months before you get rid of it just in case you discover that you really do use it more often than you realize.
Follow through with this process of quickly decluttering a room and then trying to maintain the clean environment over time until you've completed the process for your whole house. Be careful not to rush the process, and also make sure you aren't overwhelming your storage unit at any point in the process.
Process Your Storage Over Time
Having access to reliable self-storage is key to going through the decluttering process efficiently, but you will have to be dedicated to going through your storage over time even after you've finished with a room in your home. Separate the items in your storage into items you plan to keep and those you want to get rid of.
Further, break down the items based on items you want to sell and those you want to give away. Now slowly sell off everything that you can and donate or gift the remaining items over time. Try and choose a storage space that has enough room for you to comfortably sort through a full room worth of items and then stick to that size unit throughout the entire decluttering process.
If you choose the right unit size, you will have no choice but to go through the unit regularly and rid yourself of the extra items in your life once and for all. Becoming a minimalist is one of the most rewarding things you can do in your life, but only if you do it for the right reasons.
Follow along with these steps to make the transformation as comfortable as possible. You'll be amazed by what you can accomplish over time with determination, an effective plan, and access to powerful tools like Stor-Mor self-storage facilities. Get the right storage space and get to work transforming your home!