The 80/20 Approach to Minimalism and Decluttering

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Key Points

Minimalism is the concept of living with less stuff in order to enjoy more, and living more intentionally with the people who matter most. It's a way to counteract the overwhelm people feel with consumerism and digital overload. Minimalism was inspired by Tim Ferriss' book, The 4 Hour Work Week and became popular as a principle to live by, within the context of everyday life as a tool to keep sane and declutter what does not matter (mostly 80%) and make room for the things that do matter and make you happy (mostly 20%). But minimalism is not a mandate to specify that one needs only 100 things to make you happy, there are different variations of simplicity which Lori explains to in her book 50 Shades of Simple.

Sometimes it's hard to get of rid of something because of the circumstances of how you acquired it. Maybe a special person gave it to you, or you had to save up for it.

Trends among millenials show more of traveling and dining expenses as experiences, and less of things and home ownership.

 

What You Can Do


A few ways to combat clutter:

  • Start small and pick a space that you can easily start and finish within 3-60 minutes. For example, one junk drawer.  Completing a smaller task will encourage you to continue the decluttering process because finishing one small task is still progress. Taking before and after pictures will also help to motivate you.
  • Make a few piles and tackle one at a time, deciding whether to trash it, use it, or give it away. Have an obective friend help you with sorting things into these categories.
  • For some of your sentimental items or children's projects, take a picture of it, then let it go.
  • Be more intentional about your purchases. To prevent acquiring things mindlessly, you must shift your perspective. Before you bring something into your car or your home, ask yourself if you value it, need it, or can use it. If not–don't take it home!

 

 

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Lori Rochino, Declutter Coach, Author, Host of the Simply Designed Life Podcast Series
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Lori is offering listeners a complimentary 20 minute consult (no pitch) to discuss one need or one fix for the home or schedule. Schedule your consultation.

 

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