Hans Hofmann

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”

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Simplifying vs. and tidying up

Just because a room is tidy doesn’t necessarily mean it’s uncluttered or serves its purpose. Well-organized clutter is still clutter. Never organize what you don’t even use and can easily donate to someone who will.

Clean out your entertainment center

Take out old electronic components, cords you don’t need, and discs and games nobody uses. Get rid of them by recycling responsibly, arrange the devices you do use in an eye-pleasing display, and hide their cords as much as possible.

Reject the convenience fallacy

There are certain places in our homes we tend to leave items out for convenience. By leaving these things out, we think we’re saving time and simplifying our lives. That’s the convenience fallacy. 

W might save a couple of seconds, but the other 99.9 percent of the time, those items just sit there creating a visual distraction. 

Tackle the junk drawer

It’s the default resting place for small items that have no better place to be. Or for things we think might have some use but we can no longer remember what it is. 

Chances are good you can toss out most of what’s in there and never miss it.

Pare down your supplies
  • Empty out the cabinets and drawers.
  • Separate beauty tools (hairdryer, styling iron, savers, etc.) from beauty supplies (make-up, lotion, aftershave, etc.).
  • Eliminate duplicates, throw out anything that’s broken or old, and get rid of items you no longer use. 
  • Wash your storage containers and organize what you’re going to keep.
Clear space in the garage

A garage is not serving you well if it’s not serving its purpose, which is to house your car.

That’s not to say that there’s anything wrong with using a garage for storage, but it’s possible to go too far with it—and a lot of us do.

Remove decorations

... that no longer inspire you. Just because something made you happy in the past doesn’t mean you have to keep it forever.

Your life has moved on—maybe it’s time for the decoration to do the same. Keeping just the items that mean the most to you will help them to shine.

Leave space for yourself

Clear a little extra space between your personal tasks and obligations.

Take a break to stretch, take a short walk outside, drink a glass of water, perhaps do some simple deep breathing exercises. Enjoy the (emotional and physical) space you’ve created for yourself in your home, and breathe.

Declutter duplicates

One of the easiest things you can do to make quick progress. 

Good candidates for eliminating duplicates include extra pillows, sheets, and towels, cleaning supplies, gardening tools, fashion accessories, home office supplies, toys, books, and kitchen items. Keep your favorite in each category—the ones you actually use—and get rid of the rest.

Free up closet space

If you’ve been thinking that you need bigger closets, maybe all you need to do is right-size your wardrobe—and your closet will feel bigger overnight.

Plus, donating unused clothing to a local charity is a simple but meaningful way to help others.

Clear your dining room table

If your dining room table a depository for mail, backpacks, keys, and other things that are in the process of going from one place to another, using it for a meal may seem like more work than it’s worth. Put the items away where they belong. Make your tabletop a clean, open and inviting space.

Count the “clutter cost"

It can be hard to get rid of things you spent a lot of money on

But keeping things you no longer wear, use or love also has a cost—every object carries a burden as well as a benefit. The burden or “clutter cost” is the money, time, energy, and space an object demands of you. 

Calm a space for being at peace

You calm a space when you minimize distractions. 

Choose a favorite chair and declutter everything around it. Remove anything from the floor that isn’t furniture. Clear the surface of side tables or a coffee table by removing or storing remotes, pet toys, kid toys, hobby items, old newspapers/magazines, mail, books, etc.

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The KonMari process

Summed up, it goes like this: you go through every possession you own, hold it in your hands, and keep it only if it evokes some kind of “joy”.

The theory is that any possession that gives you bad or mixed feelings is too costly to have in your life, if it’s possible to get rid of it.

Every Thing You Own is a Relationship You're In

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Ways To Cope With Other People's Clutter
  • Focus on your own clutter - it's never your responsibility to take care of other people's clutter. It's important to keep in mind that we have our own responsibilities.
  • Have a conversation - It's important to raise awareness of an issue that is concerning to you. Let the other person know that you'd prefer if their clutter were organized.
  • Set boundaries - Focus on your own but if theirs crosses a line, it's crucial to set limitations as to how much of their mess you can handle
  • Do it yourself- Sometimes putting a little bit of elbow grease never hurts and hopefully, your habits will rub off on the other person.
  • Make a game out of it - Cleaning and organizing is fun when there's a challenge mixed into it. Put some house music on and challenge them to a decluttering competition and prepare prizes if possible.
  • Be happy - Remember that it's about handling your belongings in a way that your home's energy is vibrant and flowing.

Other People's Clutter

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Time

Clutter drains you of your time. If you live in a cluttered place, you will spend extra time looking for lost items: keys, money, shoes, tools, etc. 

And even when you’re looking right at the lost item, it becomes difficult to see when surrounded by clutter.

How Clutter Affects Your Time, Money, and Stress

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