Let’s deal with the root of the issue, because I want to give you lasting change in your home.
If we figure out where you’re stuck, we can figure out your next step along The Cozy Minimalist Way.
But the next step is just the start of it. I can guide you the whole way. I have created the plan.
Let’s get your home working for you, friend.
I believe in dealing with issues, not going room by room when becoming a cozy minimalist.
I can meet you where you are and we can move towards your goal of a clutter-free, calming and “oh so you” home.
Below are the most common questions I see, but if you want something more specific just message me!
Not knowing the source of your overwhelm, I’m going to have to give general advice… clear off your nightstand in your bedroom. Remove anything that doesn’t belong there and leave your lamp and charger or alarm clock.
It’s the first thing you see when you wake up and the last thing you see before bed. Clearing it off fully will help you in your journey to curating a cozy minimalist home.
A 2-week or 1-month no-spending challenge. Commit to buying only the essentials during that time frame.
If you struggle with buying too many new things, you’re dealing with an inflow problem. Imagine trying to bail water out of a boat while you’re in the middle of the lake. You will never make any headway with getting the water out if you don’t plug that hole. The same is true when you are actively minimizing your possessions, you will struggle to make headway if you are still bringing more items in than you are letting go of.
Your family needs a Spatial Reset™. Clear off the surfaces in your kitchen or dining room.
It doesn’t have to stay this way, but this is a way you can help yourself and your family get accustomed to fewer things on a surface.
Surfaces are important workspaces in our home and they are usually the most cluttered. To change a main living area this drastically will help reset your family’s threshold for clutter. With this one simple clear out, I have seen packrat hubbies take initiative and clear out their workshop, I’ve seen teenagers start helping out around the house more, and I’ve seen younger kids get excited to help get the rest of the house into shape.
I would sit down with you and figure out where you could commit to 10 minutes a day and then quickly seek out items in every area of your home.
If you struggle with finding time, know that we don’t require hours of heavy decluttering sessions. In fact, I discourage that because it leads to burn out. 10 less minutes doing something else (maybe scrolling social media) and giving that time to do something like make your life better at home will be worth it.
Focus on uncovering your own level enough by removing clutter in layers and adding cozy in layers.
I believe that everyone has their own ideal level of “enough”. I help align you and your family on your level, especially if you are stressed with all of the stuff. By removing clutter in layers, you end up regretting less and it doesn’t feel as cold as just doing a full-on “minimal purge”.
If it does, do what I call a “simmer” where you just let the room be at a new level of clutter-free before adding new things.
Choose a category that you use often in an area you use regularly… I like to suggest something in the bathroom. Pull everything out and start sorting what you want to keep. Put the “keep” items back into the drawer or cabinet. Put the other items in a box. This box will then be given a timeline for proving it’s usefulness. If you don’t seek out items there, you never really needed them during that extended timeframe.
This solution is two-fold. The first part is you are making a decision on what to keep.
This is a powerful shift.
The second is to put those items in a box so they are out of sight and out of mind. If you specifically need anything, just simply grab it out of the box. If you haven’t used it by your D-Day, then out it goes.