Simplify Your Home

5 Questions to ask yourself before making a purchase

Do you make impulsive purchases?

Do you make impulsive purchases?

As part of our minimalist journey, my husband and I have decided to ask ourselves important and reflection questions before making a purchase.

As I’ve mentioned before, I love to declutter, but the clutter always seems to build up because we purchase items that we don’t need but have been lured to purchase. Minimalism is a great way to create boundaries around your purchases. It forces you to really think about the item you’re buying so that you have more money to do more enjoyable things.

Below are the 7 questions to ask yourself before making any purchase.

Shop like a minimalist

Shop like a minimalist

  1. Do I already have it or something like it? When one’s house has a lot of clutter and may be disorganized, it is really easy to go and buy something that you already have because you can’t find it. Once you’ve decluttered and organized your home, do an inventory of what you have before making any further purchases.

  2. Do I really need it? If you don’t have the item that you want to purchase, then ask yourself if you really need. In other words, does the item you want to purchase serve a bigger purpose or is it just immediate satisfaction?

  3. Will I use it often? This is a great question to ask yourself. As I decluttered I realized that I had purchased items that I only used once. Although I thought I would use it more than once, the item ended up just sitting in a cabinet. If you can find an alternative to the item you want to purchase, then that is the better than purchasing something you’ll only use once.

  4. Where will I store it? Sometimes there is no room for the items we want. If that is the case, then go back to question number two and ask yourself if you really need it.

  5. Does it serve a purpose? Items need to serve a specific purpose otherwise it’s just clutter and money wasted. For examples, when purchasing toys for your children, ask yourself if this toy will teach your child a skill. Not all toys need to teach skills but they do need to be the majority of the toys.

I hope these questions help you keep the clutter at a minimum. Remember the less you have, the more you enjoy life. You spend less time cleaning and picking up after others.

Let me know how these questions helped you look at future purchases.

Watch the video below where I talk more on the subject.

5 Steps to Simplify Your Kitchen

Do you want to simplify your kitchen?

Do you want to simplify your kitchen?

The kitchen is typically one of the busiest places in our homes. It’s a place for food and conversation. It’s requires room to make a mess and then clean it up. The kitchen is place that may collect a lot of unnecessary trinkets like magnets, toy cars, plants, and so much more.

When you think about your kitchen, what is the clutter that comes up to mind? Is it all of the shiny gadgets? Or is it all of the duplicates of kitchen supplies you have? Has your cookbook collection grown even though you only use maybe one or two of them?

Before you declutter you kitchen, set some goals. Ask yourself, what is the purpose of the kitchen? Do you want to make health, simple meals? Do want it to be simple to clean? Do you want it to be a place of camaraderie between your family and friends?

Follow the next steps to help you simplify your kitchen:

  1. Relocate Items: Do you have items in your kitchen that don’t belong? Like books, toys, notebooks, etc. These items are taking up room when they either belong in the trash or in another part of the house.

  2. Remove Duplicates: Many of us have duplicates due to people giving us multiple items, or us buying an item we thought was lost. When you are decluterring duplicates, be sure and ask your self, do I need it? if you hardly every use to a tool or never use it, it’s probably not necessary to keep.

  3. Clear Counters: If you can’t see your counters, it may be because you have too many items on it. If you have smaller counter space, it may be even harder to keep them clear. I know, I live in an apartment with a very tiny kitchen. Remove appliances like the toaster, cutting board, coffee maker and such. Although, it may be easier to leave such items on the counters, the purpose of clearing out the counters is deeper than cleanliness, it’s about removing the stress.

  4. Remove Appliances: Do you have appliances that you’re not using? We really don’t need all of the latest gadgets. We don’t need an electric can opener, we can use a manual one. A manual one takes up less room too. Go through your appliances and see if there is simpler way to get what you want. You may also want to invest in a blender that can be used for multiple reasons like making soups, smoothies, dips and more!

  5. Give every item a proper home: All items should have a place. Designate a drawer for your utensils and placemats. Use the cupboards for plates, pots, pans and containers.

Once you have a simple, organized kitchen, you’ll see how much easier it is to go and cook delicious meals for yourself and your family.

Watch the video below where I talk more on the subject.

Three Reasons Why Simple is Better

Three Reasons Why Simple is Better

Three Reasons Why Simple is Better

Have you ever been to a spa and felt relaxed and alive. There is something about going to a well put together spa with the right colors, furniture, smell and aura. It makes you feel like you’re walking in the clouds.

The reason why these spas have such an inviting aura is because they are simple. Their colors are light and airy. They don’t have a lot of furniture but just enough. Their furniture is of high quality but it’s not overpowering.

Having a home that has that aura may be challenging but doable. I personally try and keep that fresh aura in my home by not having too many things. It is challenging when you have kids, but I’m working on teaching my girls that their playroom is where their toys go. It is messy…but there is something sweet about it too, in my opinion.

Last week I talked about simplifying your kitchen. If you haven't read that article, you can find that article here. I mentioned all the places you can find clutter and what stuff you can get rid of. Even now after I did my decluttering, I still find things that I could have gotten rid of. 

This week I want to talk about the benefits of decluttering your home. The fact is that simple is better. Although I love museums and go to one every chance I get...but I honestly don't want my house to look like a museum but a resort. 

Here are the benefits of having a clutter free kitchen: 

1. It's safer

I have a toddler and having too many sharp utensil can be dangerous. Fortunately I don't have a climber but nevertheless I need to make sure everything is in it's place. When one has too many sharp objects, it can be very easy to forget about them and accidents can happen. It's always best to have what is necessary to avoid any kind of dangerous accidents. 

2. It's beautiful

We all love those magazines with the beautiful kitchens. If you notice, the one common theme in all of the kitchens is that they don't have a lot of things. Those kitchens have what is necessary. The kitchen looks spotless and inviting. Just having a kitchen with less things is also stress free. There is something about more space that brings peace to the mind.

3. It's easier to clean

I know many of us love clean rooms, homes and things...but we dread the cleaning process. However, when you have less stuff, it's a lot easier to clean your space. Too many things makes the cleaning process that much worse. 

If you haven't decluttered your kitchen yet, make sure to schedule some time and remove all the items you don't use. You'll see how much more you'll love your kitchen and home.

Mirley xo