“It is impossible to make a house thoroughly hygienic
and up-to-date if its cupboards and drawers are allowed
to store articles which have long ago served their purpose.”
– The Home of To-Day (1934)
Maybe Grandma was a minimalist, after all.
I’m not talking about the I only own 100 items type of minimalism. That’s not practical for most of us (except urban bachelors). I’m talking about taking control of your belongings, and choosing to keep only what you need and love.
You might have tried some of the tricks to reduce your stuff – throwing something out when you buy something new, for example. Or perhaps you’re drowning in organizational products … sock organizers, magazine folders, stacking jewelry cases, and specialty flip flop holders. But the major issue is that you have to change your mindset. Rather than passively accumulating, you have to really take ownership of your stuff.
Just ask yourself: Do you need it? Or do you really love it? (I mean, do you really, really love it?) If so, it comes into your life. If not, let it go to someone else.
Making sure your home is filled with things that you need or love, means you’ll have less stuff. Less stuff means fewer organizational products. Less stuff is easier to store and move. And best yet, less stuff is easier to clean around. Less time organizing, sorting and cleaning gives you more time for things you love to do – like bake cookies!
The Home of To-Day emphasizes decluttering. Apparently Grandma had as much of a problem hoarding stuff as we do. In fact, it says “Nothing takes up so much time or is more fatiguing than sorting out ones’s possessions.” I completely agree. The decluttering process is not fun. But the results… ohhhhh so satisfying.