Minimalist living: Decluttering your home and mind
The term ‘minimalism’ has for some decades been associated with various styles of art, design and architecture. It values simplicity over complexity, clean simple lines over elaborate decoration. It’s a movement often expressed in the saying, ‘less is more’. But more recently you may have heard ordinary people refer to the desire to become minimalist, or to live a minimalist lifestyle. So what is this all about?
With computers and other modern machinery and gadgets doing so much more for us in recent years, isn’t it great how all those predictions about shorter working weeks, less stressful working lives, and more leisure time are finally a reality? Sorry… what’s that you say? Not your reality? Not mine either! In fact, somehow, life seems to have filled up with more, not less—more appointments to make, more forms to fill out (online now as well as paper), more free newsletters to subscribe to, more ‘friends’ to keep up with via Facebook, more TV shows to watch, more apps to download, more things to win, more things to buy. Even our times of celebration (birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine’s day, Christmas) are marked with opportunities to receive more things. Luckily our storage spaces are getting bigger too! The average size of the Australian house has increased by 40 per cent in the past 20 years, and with that comes the desire to fill our bigger homes with more things. More things to use, more things to organise and manage, more things to fix or replace, more things to clean around. Phew. I’m feeling exhausted just writing about it.
As you’ve no doubt guessed by now, the trend towards a minimalist lifestyle is all about cutting out so much of the unnecessary clutter and noise from our homes and our lives. Many people are realising that all these things that fill our lives and demand our time and attention are actually taking away from what is really most precious in life—those things we truly enjoy and value.
If you think you might be a minimalist in the making, one of the best places to start is in your home. If you’ve ever felt like the state of your house (or perhaps your garage, home office, or other workspace) is a reflection of the state of your mind, you’re not alone. It’s been said by many that a cluttered house reflects a cluttered mind. Whether or not that’s true for you, it can certainly feel that way as the prospect of all that tidying, organising and cleaning adds a weight of stress and anxiety to your mind.
Even after you make the decision to reduce the amount of belongings, the very idea of throwing things away can be incredibly stressful for many of us. We didn’t get to this place without creating some very ingrained habits—habits which incline us towards acquiring more things than we get rid of. Thankfully, this is where help is available.
We are here to help with the removal of rubbish and unwanted items. We come to your home, and remove only what you want us to remove, quickly and without fuss. Heavy items? No problem. Items to be recycled? No problem. We sort through each load, recycling what we can. It’s one less thing you need to worry about.
Additionally, you may find inspiration from the experience of other aspiring minimalists. Some of the following blogs may take this concept much further than you want to go, but hopefully you will find some inspiration and ideas to motivate you towards your own goals:
If you’ve been inspired to simplify and declutter your life, we’d love to hear from you! Let us take your rubbish, and hopefully so much of the stress that goes with it.