Life is incredibly busy. It’s easy to lose sight of important tasks like keeping your home in good shape. By making some small changes in and around your living space such as reducing food waste and decluttering, you will be able to embrace minimalism and live a happier and more productive lifestyle.
Embracing the simple things
Scale down. Use less, conserve more. Items we use almost daily like cosmetics, paper and cleaning products can be conserved if we pay attention to how much we are using. A key tip to avoid unnecessary expenses and clutter, is to only buy these items once they have run out.
Use what you have. When last did you do a cupboard and fridge inspection? Many items can be used to create quick meals in order to avoid food waste. Be sure to check the expiry dates on other condiments and bin these without hesitation.
Clean your kitchen appliances correctly. Always read the cleaning instructions – you’d be surprised at how many appliances aren’t water-friendly. Cleaning can go a long way in extending the longevity of your appliances.
If you don’t use it, don’t display it. In a minimalist home, flat surfaces are free from unnecessary clutter except for one or two decor pieces. It’s not worth displaying 5 kitchen appliances, if you only use two of them twice a week. As for cutlery and crockery, these are best kept out of sight.
Functional furniture. The fewer pieces of furniture, the better (within reason, of course). A large ottoman can be used as seating or as a table by simply placing a tray on it.
Ever heard of intentional spending? This is only buying something when you truly need it and that will add value to your life. This is especially difficult when birthdays and holidays come up! You can manage any temptations by writing down your current needs and separate them from the things that aren’t a necessity. That way, you’ll think twice before spending.
If you’re someone who buys items only on sale (perhaps simply because it’s affordable) ask yourself if you would buy it if it cost double it’s current price. If the answer is no, it’s probably not that valuable to you and you probably don’t genuinely need it.
Air-dry clothes if you can. Invest in a long, retractable clothes line and position it in the garden where you get the most light. If you have to dry your clothes indoors, position your clothing rack close to a window.
Let there be light – when necessary. Only turn on lights when absolutely required. And turn them off when you leave the room, unless they’re fluorescent bulbs (these use the most energy when turned on and off frequently). Opt for energy efficient bulbs like LED lights. These are usually the most costly, but save more energy and last longer.
Avoid running the tap when you’re brushing your teeth or rinsing dishes.
Take a shorter shower. Every two minutes you save on your shower can conserve around 30 litres of water.
Fix any leaking taps. While it may not seem like it, the drips amount to a large amount of wasted water.
Once you’ve simplified your home as much as possible, take a moment to look around and enjoy it. Having to clean and organize less and not feel pressured to spend as much money are truly great rewards of this lifestyle.
Make sure you schedule in regular declutter sessions.