The first and most important thing I need to do with this post is to acknowledge that it is not my own idea. This is the basis of the book, “The Joy of Less” by Francine Jay.
I have mentioned the book previously in a couple of posts here and here. “The Joy of Less” is a book that I keep going back to and it continues to inspire me. That is no small feat as it seems that everyone is writing a book on organisation, minimalism and/or decluttering. Many of them do not offer anything new but “The Joy of Less” really hit a chord with me. In particular, I liked the philosophy in the early chapters. This helps you to understand what clutter is, how it affects us and our relationships with it.
However, today I am going to focus more on the actual process of creating a minimalist home which works for you.
S – Start over
T – Trash, treasure or transfer
R -Reason for each item
E – Everything in its place
A – All surfaces clear
M – Modules
I – If one comes in, one goes out
N Narrow it down
E – Everyday maintenance
This is the step-by-step process that Francine uses and to do justice to the information, I plan to discuss each point in depth in separate blog posts. There will be one every day or so, depending on my workload so keep watching to get the full story. Some are reasonably clear but other concepts need more explanation.
The important thing to remember about minimalism and decluttering is that it can fit any situation and be as much or as little as you want it to be. However, if you are reading about decluttering, there is a very good chance that you are feeling the need to unburden yourself for some of your stuff. Don’t hijack your goals by thinking that you will declutter your house on the weekend. You can certainly make a start but don’t ever imagine that it is a one-off weekend job!
Tomorrow we will “Start Over”. I look forward to hearing about your goals and achievements with respect to decluttering and minimalism.
I look forward to your series of post as I haven’t read Francine’s book. Right now my home feels disorganized due to trying to do too much, something has to give.
This year I’ve been trying to get rid of 365 thing out of my house. I also want to do some decluttering as we have far too much stuff so I’m looking forward to your series of posts. The book you mention sounds interesting.
Hi Fairy! I never get sick of reading about minimalism and decluttering.
I own and have read The Joy of Less, and I really loved it as well. I even bought a fake flower and tiny vase, similar to the one on the bookcover.
It sits on the dining table as a reminder about the themes in the book!
I look forward to reading your series of blogs about this topic.
Good luck with the streamlining 🙂
Thanks for your comment. I think your idea of the vase and flower as an inspiration is really neat.