Minimalist Cleaning: The Ultimate Guide
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Trivia About 7 Day Minimalist No trivia or quizzes yet. Clear your kitchen floors of clutter. Keep these areas clean for a few days. Expand to other rooms -- table tops, then floors, then shelves, then closets. One surface at a time. But keep the sink clean, and any areas you've already decluttered and cleaned, keep them clean. You don't need to tackle all of this overnight. You can do it a little at a time -- minutes a day, or more if you like. If you want, you can schedule a weekend of decluttering, but it's not necessary. Gradually, you'll get there. Start with one flat surface at a time.
This can be a countertop, a tabletop, a section of the floor in a room, a shelf, the floor of a closet, a cabinet. Just focus on one shelf in a closet at a time, for example, not the whole closet. Take everything off the surface or out of the drawer or cabinet. Put it all into one big pile.
You don't literally have to pile things -- just put them all together, maybe on a table or on the floor, but not on the table or floor you're decluttering. This will be your temporary workspace. Take one thing off the pile, and make a quick decision with it: do you love and use this regularly?
Have you used it in the last 6 months? If so, put it in a separate "keep" pile. If not, put it in a "donate" box, or trash or recycle bag if it's actually trash. You can have a third option of a "maybe" box for items you can't decide on -- see the previous section of this chapter for more on that. Repeat this process with every item in the pile, one at a time, making quick decisions with each item, until you're done. If you make quick decisions, it doesn't have to take long. You should now have two piles -- a "keep" pile, and a donate box, plus a trash bag. Perhaps also the "maybe" box if you go that route.
Now clean the surface, shelf, cabinet. Then put back the "keep" pile, neatly and sorted. Put spaces in between stuff. Find other homes for things that don't really belong here. Put the donate box into your car to be dropped off tomorrow. Throw out the trash. Put the maybe box, if you used it, into storage. Clear out your sink wash any dishes , clean it well, and get it nice and shiny. We now have legions of professional organizers, whole companies that sell organizing products such as closet organizers, magazines and blogs on how to get yourself organized, and of course, the hand-held notebooks we call organizers — and their digital equivalent, PDAs and mobile devices.
Consider making them as minimalist as possible, and the organizing will fade away. In buying or collecting new stuff, we are demanding that more resources and harm be done to the environment. Reconsider your need. This is the best start point. Is it really really necessary? Or is it a want? Is there anything you can change or do so that you don't need it? Borrow books from friends or the library. Borrow a dress for a special occasion. Borrow a tool for a short-term project. Ask family and friends.
People might have the item you need but not need it anymore. Instead of loaning it out to you, they might be glad to give it to you. Just ask. These are networks where people who want to give something away, or who need something, post to the list and very often exchanges are made - for free. Buy used. Think thrift stores, charity stores, yard or garage sales, Craigslist or eBay.
Going for used stuff is ideal since you're not taking new resources from the environment but instead are extending the life of resources that already exist. Make your own. You can make something that's just as good as buying with inexpensive materials or materials you already have. Go without. If the above points don't work and you still need the item, but perhaps you don't need it right now. Consider going without it til you find a better option. Sometimes you have to buy the item new, even after exhausting all these options.
But you can run through this list first. You'll realize that you didn't need it new. Clutter is a form of visual distraction, and everything in our vision pulls at our attention at least a little. The less clutter, the less visual stress we have. A minimalist home is calming.
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Think about photos of homes that are cluttered, and photos of 30 minimalist homes. The ones with almost nothing in them except some beautiful furniture, some nice artwork, and a very few pretty decorations, are the ones that appeal to most of us. You can make your home more appealing by making it more minimalist. The more stuff you have, the more you have to keep clean, and the more complicated it is to clean around the stuff. Think about how easy it is to clean an empty room compared to one with 50 objects in it.
This would vary, of course, depending on your taste and how extreme of a minimalist you want to be. I am a minimalist, but not to any extreme. But here are some characteristics of a minimalist home:. A minimalist room would only contain a few essential pieces of furniture. A bedroom, for example, might have a simple bed or even just a mattress , a dresser, and perhaps a night stand or book shelf.
All flat surfaces are clear, except for one or two decorations see next item. There are not a whole bunch of knick knacks, and definitely not stacks of books or papers or other items. A home completely clear of things would be a bit boring, actually. So instead of having a coffee table completely free of any objects, you could have a simple vase with a few flowers, for example. Or a clear desk might just have a family photo.
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Instead of having a lot of stuff in your home, a minimalist would choose just a few really good things he loves and uses often. A really nice table, for example, is better than 5 pieces of pressboard furniture. The real key is to change your philosophy and shoot for the ideals in the previous section above. But here are some tips that I would offer to anyone trying to shoot for minimalism:. Focus on one room, and let that be your center of calm.
Use it to inspire you to simplify the next room, and the next. Then do the same outside! The biggest things in any room are the furniture, so you should always begin simplifying a room by looking at the furniture. The fewer pieces of furniture, the better within reason, of course. Think of which furniture can be eliminated without sacrificing comfort and livability. Go for a few pieces of plain, simple furniture example of a minimalist coffee table with solid, subdued colors. Whether looking at your furniture or anything else in the room, ask yourself if the item is truly essential.
If you can live without it, get it out. Try to strip the room down to its essentials — you can always add a few choice items beyond the essentials later. Except for the furniture, your floors should be completely clear. Nothing should clutter the floor, nothing should be stacked, nothing should be stored on the floor. This has been mentioned in the above tips, but you should store everything you need out of sight, in drawers and cabinets.
To keep a room from being boring, you can put a simple painting, drawing or photo, framed with a subdued, solid color, on each wall if you want. Leave some walls bare if possible. One or two simple decorations can serve as accents for a minimalist room. A vase of flowers or a small potted plant are two classic examples. If the rest of your room has subdued colors, your accents could use a bright color such as red, or yellow to draw the eye and give a plain room a splash of energy.
Solid colors are best for floor coverings if you have any , furniture, etc. Complex patterns, such as flowers or checkers, are visual clutter. Give it a couple of days, then look at everything with a fresh eye. What can be eliminated? Stored out of sight? Where does you blender go? Give it a spot, and stick with it. Aim for logical spots that are close to where the thing is used, to make things more efficient, but the key is to designate a spot. This is the reward for your hard work. So nice! You want to find everything you need quickly. You want to make it easy to put files away so you stay organized.
You want to feel calm and in control when you look at your desktop, not overwhelmed and scattered. By simplifying your desktop you'll enjoy both short term and long term benefits such as increased productivity and less stress, more peace and convenience. Start deleting and uninstalling all unnecessary applications and files. The less stuff you have the easier it will be to stay organized. Otherwise, put all your icons from your desktop into a folder.
You could set up a simple folder system where you set up four folders in your documents folder:. It helps to use the search function in your computer to loca te any files. Many people opt for a search program that indexes all their files including the contents of the files. There's also Picasa to store documents online and the great part is that you can answer them from anywhere.
For writing, consider the programs WriteRoom Mac or DarkRoom PC , they're minimalist applicaitons that block all distractions as your write. Go for a computer background wallpaper that is simple. Think solid color or better yet a minimal picture or even a self-improvement quote. The definition of a minimalist workspace will be different for each person. The most extreme minimalist workspace, I think, would be to have no desk or papers or computer or anything of the kind — just yourself.
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If possible, streamline and simplify that workflow and those requirements. Eliminate everything unnecessary. Now, you might not have that luxury, and you might not want to go that extreme. I did it in steps, eliminating different needs for paper one at a time. I work from home these days, and I do everything online. On my computer, I mostly just use the browser, as I do nearly everything online. I also use text programs for writing and a couple other utilities for uploading files and photo editing.
All my organizing needs are taken care of on the computer: Gmail, text files for to-do lists and errands and ideas and projects. Not all tips will work for you, so pick and choose which ones will work best for your workflow. If paper is a part of your life, keep an inbox tray on top of your desk and make sure ALL papers, including phone messages and sticky notes, go into this tray. Nothing should go back in there after you process them. To clear your inbox, process top down, one item at a time. Make quick decisions on each item, and take action: file immediately, trash, forward to someone else, take immediate action, or put it on your to-do list and in your action folder to later action.
Aside from your computer, your inbox tray, your phone, and maybe a nice photo of a loved one, there should be nothing on top of your desk. Clear as much of it off as humanly possible. If you want to include a couple other essentials, you should, but be sure they absolutely must be there. Keep it as clear as possible, as a clear desk is a relaxing workspace. Many people have all kinds of stuff posted on their walls. It creates visual clutter. Get them off your walls.
We'll cover how to keep your computer as minimalist as possible in the next chapter. While you might think the way you do things now is necessary, it's possible you can do things digitally instead of through paper. Give this some serious thinking, and if possible, eliminate paper to the extent you can.
It'll give you a more minimalist workspace. Think about each tool you have in your desk, in your work area, and even in your office. Do you need a stapler and hole puncher? Do you need all those pens? Do you really need a fax machine? Or a scanner? Having stuff digitally makes them searchable, which is much better than filing. Just archive, and search when necessary. Once every few months, weed out unnecessary files.
Have a designated spot for each item and make sure to put those items back in that spot immediately, every time. There should be nothing on your floor but your desk and chair. No files, no boxes. Keep it clear!
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The minimalist tries to travel as light as possible - a light bag, a light itinerary, and a light attitude. Many of us have had the nightmare experience of lugging around too much luggage, waiting in the baggage claims area, trying to cram too many activities into each day, and generally being so stressed that we need a vacation when we get home. I travel with just a carry-on bag, and don't check luggage, to make things as hassle-free as possible.
My carry-on is just a small backpack. There's no need to take a huge amount of clothing. Obviously, if you're going to a business conference or something like that, your needs will be different, but for vacation, this will usually suffice. There are lots of different opinions on how to pack light and what items are essential or useful. What follows are a variety of tips, but be aware that there may be contradictory tips here — choose the ones that will work best for you.
If you are moving between places, backpacks leave your hands free to hold their hands. Black is a good idea if you need to be able to dress up and be casual. A sarong works as a towel, a skirt, a makeshift bag, a scarf, a sheet. Sitting in the plane is a lot more comfortable as well. Write down the emergency phone number for each credit card beside its photocopy. Leave this with a neighbour or family member along with your itinerary.
Should you have your wallet and bags stolen and be only allowed to make one phone call, call this contact person who would be able to cancel your credit cards etc. Alternatively, instead of photocopying your important documents consider scanning them and mailing them to yourself. That way you can always access these documents. Another reader suggested that you should encrypt documents if you email them to yourself. Cotton will stay soggy for days. Tilley makes underwear you can wash in the evening, and it will be dry by morning.
You only need two pair, or even one if you are sure of finding somewhere to wash it! Aside from what to pack, some ideas about what to do when you get to your destination, along with some tips en route to the destination:. Keep your travel itinerary fluid, so that you can soak up the atmosphere in each place. Arrive earlier than you think is necessary — for domestic travel, try to arrive at least 2 hours before flight time; on international, make it three. This reduces the stress of waiting in a long security line as the time of your departure inches ever closer, and those desperate rushes to your boarding area.
Plan some must-dos and leave the rest to chance. Wander around at night and stay open to the crazier elements of the culture. Get up early. In hot climates, this will help you avoid the heat of the day; in any climate, it will help you avoid the crowds and get more out of your day at a more leisurely pace. Equally, do the thing you really want to do first, as often plans go awry as the day goes on. By embracing minimalism to how you cook and eat can expect greater health, less stress, more time.
Eat less. Most of our health problems stem from over-consumption. Over-consumption of calories, fats, salt, sugar. If we ate less we would avoid many health problems.
Eat until you're almost full. Eat smaller, lighter meals. Consume a diet rich of fiber and calorie dilute low-calorie density foods. Avoid animal products. Avoid oil. Avoid processed foods. Avoid eating at restaurants that serve huge amounts. Consider water fasting.
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Use fewer ingredients. Opt for as few ingredients in your meal as you can. Try three or five ingredient recipes. Check out the 7 ingredients or less minimalist vegan recipes archives from the Minimalist Baker. Cook and prepare at home.
You'll want to do little work with few ingredients. Keep preparation simple and cook with minimal heating. Use simple recipes. Meal prep your food - wash, cut, store, and prepare food including left-overs. Eat mindfully. Pay attention to each bite, savoring the food in the present moment through all 5 senses. Avoid distractions while you eat like television or internet. Go vegan. Plants are all that we need for food. We can lead happy and healthy in most cases healthier lives without involving the exploitation and death of nonhuman animals.
By eating a balanced, vegan diet you'll avoid causing animals unnecessary suffering and death, you'll use less environmental resources as plants require less resources than do animal products and you'll avoid and reverse our most deadliest diseases - heart disease, cancer, diabetes, etc. Consume a diet of fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, nuts and seeds. Finances are one of the most complicated things in many people's lives With a little effort, you can simplify your financial life and end the money headaches most people face.
Here's how to simplify your financial life:. End consumerism. This is the first and most important step. Too often we get into the mindset of buying, of attaining more, of shopping for pleasure or stress relief or finding self-worth, of impulse buys. This is a mindset that comes from years of exposure to advertising, and it's hard to stop.
Start by becoming more conscious of it, and by telling yourself that you will no longer find pleasure in buying and having material things. When you find yourself with an urge to buy, stop, and breathe. Put the item on a day list and don't buy it until 30 days after you put it on the list -- usually the impulse will dissipate. Give thought to every purchase and ask yourself, "Is this really, really necessary? Can I live without it? Save up an emergency fund. Before you can find financial peace of mind, you need an emergency fund, otherwise you're always going to be living on the edge, from paycheck to paycheck.
Every unexpected expense that comes up will derail everything I recommend below, if you have no emergency fund. This point has been driven home many times on this site, so I won't belabor it. But start here. Look closely at your spending, including regular payments you might have forgotten about, and see what can be cut.
There's always something: magazine subscriptions, monthly payments for services you don't really need including online services , buying books when you could use the library, cable TV, a bigger car than you really need, gourmet coffee when you can make your own at home, a bigger home than you need, storage space when you could just sell your stuff, clothes and shoes when you already have plenty, gadgets and computer purchases you don't really need, going out to lots of restaurants or bars or clubs or other expensive entertainment when you could stay home or do fun things without spending much.
Get out of debt. This is important -- otherwise, minimalist finances will be difficult to achieve. Debt payments are not essential -- you shouldn't have them in the first place. But until you pay them off, they'll be headaches. Maybe put a little each paycheck towards your emergency fund.
This step will take the longest, but it's well worth it. And you can do the other stuff on this list immediately, without having to complete this step first. Use cash, not credit. I'm a big fan of cash, and a big credit card hater. Credit card bills are a blight on most people's finances -- they make it too easy to spend money you don't have, and then you end up paying tons in interest and fees. Sure, it's possible to use them responsibly, but in most cases, it's not necessary and it's an unnecessary temptation.
Ditch the credit cards and use cash and sometimes Visa or Mastercard debit cards --these are better as they only allow you to spend money you already have and not get into debt. Cash is great because you can withdraw a pre-determined amount each month, and you always know how much you have left. With credit cards, it's easy to spend more than you have budgeted because to stay within a budget you'll have to constantly track your expenses. No need to track expenses with cash -- you can see you only have a little left. Try the envelope system for cash -- put designated amounts of cash into separate envelopes for groceries, gas and other spending.
Automate finances. Have all your income automatically deposited in your checking account, and set up automatic payment for all bills. Some are done by automatic deduction, when possible, and others are done by using the online bill-paying system, set to recurring monthly payments. Other bills people pay in big chunks, 6 months to a year at a time -- their rent, for example -- when they receive large payments such as tax returns or bonuses.
Many people make savings transfers automatic, and when I was in debt, those payments were automatic as well. It helps to have a sizable emergency fund so you can make payments like this and not worry about whether there's enough in your account for all of your automatic bill payments. Split your emergency fund into two: place most in an online savings account, and the rest is in your checking, so you always have a comfortable cushion in your checking account. It takes a little while to get automated finances just right, but you can start today by setting up automatic deposits and deductions and bill payments.
It's nice, because your finances also become paperless. I recommend putting a reminder in your calendar to check on your bank accounts once a week, just for peace of mind. Otherwise, you can now forget about finances. Don't buy unless you need it and have the money. This is such an old and commonsense piece of advice that it's embarrassing to put it here, but it's important, because once you've done all of the above, you're debt-free with a good emergency fund and automatic finances Should I buy a bike if I want to commute by bike?
Should I buy new furniture? The answer is two-fold: 1 don't buy it unless you really need it; and 2 don't buy it unless you have the money already. Not "if you have the money next month or next week", but only if you have the money in hand. It's as simple as that. Create multiple sources of passive income instead of living off of one. Passive sources of income are sources of income that are not contingent upon your physical presence or time. It's where you create an income such as your own book and earn money for it over and over again every time someone buys your product or service. You can diversify your income and have all sorts of incomes being deposited into your bank account.
The key is to create multiple sources of passive income so that you can free your time to do things that matter most to your rather than slaving away at a 9 - 5 job. Don't buy it unless you need it, and only if you have the money. If you follow these two rules, you'll never have to worry about finances again. Lack of time and money are some of the most commonly heard excuses for not working out.
But minimalism remedies by allowing you to workout at your level of intensity, for less time and less or no equipment. By increasing the intensity level of your workout, you can achieve greater results in less time with little to no equipment. Just with your body weight you can do a huge number of challenging exercises in little time. A sample bodyweight workout: a circuit of pullups, pushups, jump squats, bicycle crunches, jumping lunges, burpees, hanging knee raises, diamond pushups, planks, chinups.
Developing a minimalist wardrobe and grooming routine not to mention grooming products is a major challenge for most people. Many people have huge closets and dressers overflowing with clothes -- so many that they can't possibly wear them all, and can't even remember what they have. It's overwhelming and a bit wasteful. And grooming routines can take an hour for many people, even if they're rushing.
They have cabinets and showers and drawers full of grooming products, from hair stuff to makeup to lotions to tweezers and scissors and razors to nail kits to facial products to teeth-care products to soap and shampoo and conditioners and bodywash and facial wash and more. Now, you might not be as bad as all that, but if you're having trouble getting to minimal, you may want to rethink your needs. Consider people who live in Third World countries -- many use no grooming products at all, except soap if they're lucky, and have barely any clothing. Now, I'm not suggesting you live like someone in the Third World, but I am saying that what you have is definitely more than you need.
It's a matter of finding a balance, so you can live comfortably but not in excess. To have a functioning wardrobe without needing too many clothes, it's best to have options that can all go together.