Dr. Jordan Dutton N.D. Integrative Naturopathic Medical Centre Naturopath YVR
3 min|Dr. Jordan Dutton

Simplifying Your Space and Your Mind

Wellness, Beauty, Mind Health

The Minimalist Movement

We're living in a time where accumulation has become the norm. Our homes often echo the excess: overstuffed cupboards, too many books waiting to be read, and more hobby supplies than we can ever use. However, amidst this accumulation trend, there’s a refreshing wind of change: the minimalist movement.

The Essence of Minimalism

Minimalism isn’t about deprivation or empty spaces; it’s about mindfulness. It's about having enough without being overwhelmed. Even as someone who enjoys hobbies and careers, I've found the need to declutter year after year.

You can be a minimalist and still revel in your hobbies. It's about balancing joy with control, so that our possessions don’t possess us.

Why Less Can Be More

A cluttered space often equates to a cluttered mind. It can drain our energy, heighten our stress, and eat up our time. While we might dream of pristine, magazine-worthy homes, the journey to decluttering doesn’t have to be intimidating.
Wondering where to begin? Focus on the space that feels the most chaotic. Visualize how you want it to appear, and take systematic steps to reach that vision. And once you declutter, let go of items immediately, be it through donations, recycling, or repurposing.

Organizing Your Oasis

Organizing is the natural next step after decluttering:

1. Containers are Key: Stores offer a variety of storage solutions. Remember, the smaller the space, the more creativity required.
2. Seek Help When Needed: The process can be enjoyable, especially when shared with friends or family.

Steps to Streamlined Spaces

Embrace the decluttering process by:

1. Embody Positivity: View it as a transformative experience.
2. Detachment is Healthy: Evaluate each item's role in your life.
3. The Six-Month Rule: If untouched for six months, reconsider its place in your home.

Strategies for Continuous Organization

1. Look Up: Use vertical spaces for an elongated visual feel.
2. Efficient Hangers: Velvet hangers save space and prevent slips.
3. Master the Art of Folding: Check YouTube for tutorials on efficient clothes folding.
4. Hidden Shoe Storage: Consider vertical arrangements or under-bed options.
5. Smart Furniture Choices: Multi-use furniture, like storage coffee tables, are ideal.
6. Use Dividers: Segment shelves and drawers to maintain neatness.
7. Optimize Kitchen Spaces: Use removable shelves for doubling space.
8. Digital Ideas: A quick online search can give a plethora of innovative storage solutions.

Mindful Disposal and Repurposing

Once you’ve decluttered, consider these avenues for unwanted items:

1. Sell Online: Platforms like Craigslist or the Offerup/Let Go app can turn trash to treasure.
2. Donate Thoughtfully: Consider local shelters (ie. Downtown Eastside Women's Centre) or the Salvation Army. Ensure you’re donating usable items.
3. Eco-Friendly Disposal: For electronics, platforms like Free Geek Vancouver or Return-It can help.

By adopting a minimalist approach, we can create serene, functional spaces that reflect our genuine needs and joys.
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