This post is Part 1 of the Home Organizing Series
Maybe you have noticed a running theme on the organization side of D&S. Minimalism. Yes, D&S is about reducing as much excess as you can in all aspects of your life to improve the overall quality. The quality of your events and the quality of your time spent getting organized and self-improving. Today I’m going to share a few quick tips for incorporating simplicity into your organizing needs to make your steps towards becoming a more organized person effective.
Purge as much as possible.
There are already a few posts on D&S, and I will probably write more as people ask me how to purge items at various times. However, I will remind you that the point of purging items from your life, minimalism, and living simply is not to get rid of things that you will need again. The point is to sit down with yourself and determine the direction you want to move in and what you need to get there and maintain that lifestyle. You have a goal, so essentially, you are making a plan to get there. Please remember to think S.M.A.R.T. You decide what you need, what you may need, what you don’t need, and you move on from there.
Remember your 4 piles!
Keep | Throw away | Donate/Recycle | Revisit
Using the pile method will help you to decide what you need to discard and reduce your need to make unnecessary repurchases.
Find a home for everything without adding clutter.
- Once you decide what you are keeping, make sure you have enough space for it. If you can’t find a home for it or reasonably accommodate it, then maybe you don’t need it. Don’t forget to keep your needs and wants in line.
- If an item will be used often, it’s probably better to keep it. If you can rent the item for a reasonable price as needed and it’s something you will only use periodically, consider selling the object you have now if it’s still in good condition. Weigh the pros and cons.
- When finding a home for an object, I consider if I need supplies to organize it or give it a home, such as shelving or drawers, and how long it will take me to purchase them, put them together, and get the item stored. To do this, I look at my tentative schedule and financial responsibilities, and it gives me an idea of my ability to make use of the item truly.
- Make a note of the fact that if you can not find the item, you probably won’t use it, so it most likely is not a need.
Before buying organizing equipment, ask yourself “Do I really need it?”
- Can you DIY or find an alternative? Are you going to install the equipment ( hire someone to install it), or will it just add to your clutter?
Question yourself before you buy.
Unlike the point above, people often do not take the time to think about their purchases when shopping for items. One of the things I do is shop online first. I don’t purchase the first time; I do an online window shop.
- First, I look around. I check out the sales, then what’s new, and then browse a bit.
- When I spot something I like or want, I bookmark it.
- Then I double-check whatever area of my home that item would go in to be sure I have nothing similar that does not need to be replaced. I don’t need duplicates to add extra cleaning and clutter to our already small home.
- After I determined if need it, I decide how it fits into the general aesthetic and the fact that we have pets, and if it’s something we can get upstairs easily. Similarly, when we go to the store unless I am there for something specific, I don’t allow myself impulse shopping until I have had a conversation with myself over the item’s use. It’s been a budget saver for the last couple of years.
I question every aspect, so I know when I make a purchase, it’s something beneficial or that I want it enough to figure out how to use it effectively.
Learn the difference between need and want.
Needs and wants can seem very similar. Sometimes they are the same. In the end, though, there is a difference. Pure needs are essential to our survival. Those aren’t the needs we are talking about. We are talking about necessary conditions to reach our goals that are about improving our lives. If you have to choose between improving your life versus catering to your want at this moment in time for momentary pleasure, you have to consider if it’s justifiable. Now, this isn’t to say live a boring life where you don’t ever do anything just for the hell of it. This is saying make wise choices the majority of the time so that sometimes you can buy a few extra items with your hard-earned cash, and you’ll be able to enjoy it.
In the end, simplicity is about finding your joy and freedom.
Keep that in mind on your journey. Make that part of your goal. If your goals aren’t surrounded by finding happiness and peace, maybe they should not be your goals.
When it comes to clutter and our homes, cars, and offices, purging and organization should be about getting out of a clouded headspace where we feel lost and unproductive.
Keep checking into D&S for updates. In April, D&S is having a FREE seminar that touches on the topic of this article. If you live in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area, try to make it out. You’ll get a chance to have access to notes and worksheets that aren’t for general release. If you can’t attend, the site will be updated with information regarding the seminar within seven business days. Of course, we recommend you try to make it out and get to see Vive By Design in person and witness the powerful partnerships that MGEP can help foster.