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5 STEPS TO A SIMPLIFIED HOME - THE INSPIRED ROOM

Many of our decisions to add things we think we need in our home or will enjoy in life are the cause of additional clutter and stress. It’s become almost second nature in our culture to think we are going to enhance our life with something new when inadvertently we have made it more complicated.

We’ve added more debt by buying things we really didn’t need, we’ve created more clutter, we own more clothes, and we bring in more furniture and toys. Then we wonder why we are so disorganized and overwhelmed.

When I started to realize my own tendency to create and invite too much of what I didn’t even want in my daily life, I decided to make some changes by paying more attention to what was in my home so I could quiet the pace and chaos of life. I started being more intentional about my actions and what I invited into my life so I could begin to pare down and simplify.

What do I do everyday that complicates my life? What everyday decisions could I make that would make life more simple or some dreaded tasks unnecessary?

Decluttering our home starts with getting better with our decision-making process!

Here are five steps to start simplifying your life and home:

1. Avoid temptation

When you can, don’t go to places that will cause you to buy more stuff to deal with or tempt you with more decisions to make. Try consolidating shopping lists and trips so you don’t make multiple visits in a week. It’s amazing how much less you buy and how much easier your subsequent decisions are when you spend less time going into stores.

2. Simplify your daily options and choices.

If you are a busy person or struggle with excess clutter, you have too many decisions to make. Why complicate life with unnecessary ones? Instead of keeping thirty outfits in your closet, try to create five you love and use accessories to change them. You’ll save daily stress and lots of laundry! Instead of having four sets of dishes in various colors and patterns, keep one basic set in a neutral color and fancy it up with colorful salad plates or glasses. Embrace one item that has multiple purposes rather than several specialty items.

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3. Commit to making the simplest decision as often as possible.

Don’t rationalize a choice that makes life or storage more complicated. If you rarely use your food processor, give it away and don’t give it a second thought. Don’t even consider what you might do with it someday; just let it go. If you find you really do need a food processor on occasion, find a neighbor or relative who will loan one to you. Some decisions might sting for a week, but if you rarely used those items, you’ll soon forget what you gave away.

4. Make a daily to-do list and set home goals.

Defined vision for your day and home will keep you focused on what matters. When you have a clear task, you are able to bring less decisions and stuff into your life by focusing on and finishing what really matters to you.

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5. When in doubt, throw it out.

When you are in the midst of a major decluttering project that make take weeks or months, you don’t have time to analyze every possible item. If I’m not sure if I want something or not, it has to become a firm, clear no. I don’t even let myself think about who else might want it or how much money I spent on it. If time is of the essence and decluttering is the ultimate goal, off it goes to charity.

***This article is adapted with permission from the new book, Make Room for What You Love (Harvest House Publishers 2016) by New York Times Bestselling Author Melissa Michaels. Make Room for What You Love offers practical strategies and essential tips for how to simplify so you can make room in your life and home for what you really love!

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About the Author

Melissa Michaels

Melissa Michaels is the author and creator of one of the top home decorating blogs on the web, The Inspired Room. She has been featured on such sites and publications as HGTV.com, Apartment Therapy, and Ladies Home Journal.

  • kim domingue

    The number one habit that I have developed and stuck with that has helped tremendously is taking one day a week, and one day only, to do ALL of my errands and shopping. I actually have an ice chest in my trunk (we live in the deep South) so I don’t have to split my shopping up over 2 days because I have perishables in the car that I need to get home ASAP. By the time I’ve completed the necessary errands and shopping, I have little inclination to do any extra shopping. If I don’t go into those stores, I don’t see the stuff that I didn’t know I wanted until I saw it, lol!

    I find I’m deriving more enjoyment from bringing stuff to Goodwill than bringing new stuff home. I also challenge myself to fill a need for a necessary item with something I already have in the house…..I make a game out of it!

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