Tips to maintain a minimalist life

6 Ways to Start Living a More Minimalist Life

Posted by on July 13, 2020
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The minimalist lifestyle was made popular recently with professionals like Marie Kondo professing the joy of decluttering our lives. With so many Canadians stuck at home, our space and the items within it have become much more important. For those living in a home full of clutter, or wishing they had more space to do the things they love, a minimalist life might be the answer.

Minimalism is defined as intentionally living with few belongings. As an art form, minimalism began after the Second World War and consisted of clean lines, geometric shapes, and the stripping of nonessential colours or features. In life, minimalism is similar to the art form, in that it reflects clean, open spaces, straight lines, and removing nonessential items from our homes.

At RedBins, we help many of our fellow Canadians embrace the minimalist lifestyle by supplying junk removal in Toronto. For many Torontonians, the biggest obstacle to living a minimalist lifestyle is the amount of accumulated junk in our homes, and not knowing quite where to put it.

If you are thinking about living with less, here are 6 tips to beginning your own minimalist movement at home.

1. Clear the surfaces in your home

When you look around your house, how many surfaces are clear? How many are holding a plethora of items you forgot were even there? The human brain sometimes plays tricks on us. When we leave things in one place for too long, our brains can forget they are there. You can look at something and logically recognize that a pile of magazines does not belong on the dining room table, but if they have been there longer than a week, you begin to tune them out.

To start your decluttering and junk removal process, begin with the surfaces. Check tables, counters, desks, and dressers and see what needs to be there vs. what is there. If there are items that should be in other spaces, relocate them. If there are items you do not need, now is a great time to toss them out or sell them.

2. Check hidden areas for unwanted items

Like the trick of ignoring things in front of our eyes after they have taken up space in our homes for too long, we tend to forget about things we do not see. Items hidden away in closets, cupboards, attics, basements, and garages can stay with us for a lifetime not because we need them, but because we forget we have them.

Take some time to go through one storage area a week. Write down the items you see that you do want to keep and get rid of the ones you do not. Once you have finished, go through your list and determine where everything you want to keep should live. Some things might stay in storage, but the chances are that your storage areas will empty pretty quickly once you get going.

3. Tackle your wardrobe

For many Canadians, the closet is where much of our clutter lives, not just in unwanted storage, but in our wardrobes. Over the years, many of us have collected clothing for style, special occasions, weight gain or weight loss, and then much of this goes unworn once that time has passed. Holding onto unneeded clothing is not unusual, but it does take up a lot of space we need for other things, like the clothing you do wear every day.

Start with your closet and move onto your drawers, accessories, jewelry box, shoe rack, and hat stand. Look at your outerwear last, and determine which coats, scarves, mittens, and gloves are no longer needed.

4. Kids, pets, and extras

Having children means adding a whole extra room of belongings per individual. For pet owners, our animals may not have their own bedrooms, but it certainly feels like they have enough toys and treats to fill one. To help remove some of the clutter in these areas, it helps to make a list of the essentials. For pets, it’s especially important knowing you have one leash, one travel crate, one bed, one or two favourite toys, one bowl for food, and one for water. When this list is checked off, you can dispose of anything left over that’s unnecessary.

For children, things are a bit more complex. There are things we want to keep forever, like that first tooth, or a painting your child made in preschool. Important mementos like this can be stored in a keep-safe box. However, like you, your kids have toys, books, games, and clothing they may not need from infancy to adolescence. If your child is old enough, having them sort through their own belongings is a great way to instill a sense of self and independence. It also helps you determine what they see as important or disposable.

5. Sell, sell, sell

It’s tough to part with things sometimes, especially the things we have spent hard-earned money on. So, why not make some of that money back with a yard sale or online sale? In these unprecedented times, keeping contact minimal is essential. However, some shops are taking in second-hand items, and there are many people still using digital resources to shop.

A digital yard sale can help you reduce clutter and make money doing it. Just be sure you do not use that money to buy more items that might clutter your home. Rather, invest it in upgrading paint or remodelling to increase floor space and value in your home.

6. Consider bin rentals for junk removal

As you organize and declutter, you are bound to find a plethora of unwanted and unneeded items. You may even find some broken or unusable items that cannot be rehomed or sold. If you have junk that you need gone, RedBins can help. As a leading service for junk removal in Toronto, we are familiar with the laws and regulations governing junk removal and trash disposal. We can help ensure that your belongings are disposed of properly and within the government’s guidelines.

At RedBins, we offer a selection of sizes and bin types to accommodate any form of junk removal. Affordable, convenient, and hassle-free, these services help you clean up and minimize clutter efficiently and effectively.

For more information on RedBins and our selection of junk removal services, we invite you to contact us at 1-416-733-2467.

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