Ever considered spring cleaning like a minimalist? With the arrival of the new season, it’s time to dust out the cobwebs and give our spaces a fresh new feeling.
Decluttering and cleaning is a topic that is fresh on our minds because Marie Kondo and Mrs. Hinch have taken the world by storm.
I’ve called myself a minimalist for the past four years, and I love it. That doesn’t mean I only have one cup or one dress; it means I try to bring things into my life that serve a purpose.
Today I am sharing easy ways to embrace a minimalist approach with cleaning. It’s just on time too; I have the spring cleaning bug, and I’m sure you’re itching to straighten up.
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Minimalist Spring Cleaning – the curated minimalist closet
I first got into minimalism when I realized I had an entire closet filled with clothes that I had never worn while still complaining about having nothing to wear. That was my first step into the world of minimalism.
That was almost four years ago.
Now it’s easy for me to clean my closet and curate looks for myself. Let me know in the comments if you want me to talk more about curating your style.
Here’s how I clean my closet the minimalist way.
Minimalist spring cleaning – determine your current style
Before I start tossing things left and right, I think about the type of clothes I need for my current lifestyle. Although I am an island girl at heart, I live in London where the weather is 95% gray, nippy and rainy. It doesn’t make sense to dress like I’m going to the beach anymore.
Having a closet with a purpose helps me as I declutter.
Minimalist spring cleaning – say goodbye to the obvious
Anything torn, stained, broken, etc. gets tossed. No question. I either use these for rags or donate these items.
If I haven’t worn something in three months, I ask myself if there’s a reason. Clothes that do not fit my new London lifestyle get donated. There are a few unique pieces that I keep around because I know they’re things I will wear for a specific occasion.
Minimalist spring cleaning – create the lewks
If I’m in the mood to play stylist, I’ll go the extra step and further curate my looks. My clothes are purchased to create multiple looks. That means my basic midi dress can be layered with a crop top and an oversized button-down shirt. All in black of course.
Minimalist Spring Cleaning – Cleaning my home office
I’m not a neat freak but I hate when my home office is cluttered.
This space of my room is so valuable because as my business grows, it’s critical that I can find things easily. That’s why I try to deep clean my office space once every two months.
Minimalist spring cleaning – get rid of office clutter
Going for a minimal office space? The easiest thing to do is get rid of the clutter. Since I am a fan of the analog method of doing things (writing things down), I always have a ton of scrap paper floating around. For me, decluttering means throwing away paper after I’m done with it.
Minimalist spring cleaning – reduce your office decor
If I had more office space, I would have a lot of decoration, but since my home office is a corner in my room, I have to consider what I bring into my space.
This is an excellent example of everything having a purpose.
I try to make my functional office supplies act as decoration. So my jar holding all my pens and bits and bobs (£1 from the local pound shop!) also looks pretty. My desk lamp (Ikea – only £8) and even my watercolor set adds a pop of color while helping me get art done.
Minimalist spring cleaning – get organized
My next step in my quest for a minimalist home office is to get more organizational supplies.
I am eying some desk drawer organizers because a cluttered desk drives me nuts. Right now everything is slipping and sliding without a section, and I can’t deal.
There’s prime real estate underneath my desk, so I’m looking for some sort of shelving or something similar where I can house files. Speaking of files, at the moment I use affordable plastic folders (4 for .99 at the local .99p shop), but I do want to upgrade to some pretty and sturdier files.
Ideally, I’d like everything to match my desk and chair, both of which I got from Ikea.
Minimalist Spring cleaning – general cleaning tips
My office and my closet are my two most significant spring cleaning areas that I will tackle, but I want to share some of my general minimalism cleaning tips. These aren’t groundbreaking, but when I employ these from a minimalistic place, my space sings!
- Everything should serve a purpose – if I haven’t used something in the last three months or know that I will be using it, I toss it. I have a maybe draw where I stash questionable items but after some time if I haven’t used it, it’s gone. Let me know if you’d like me to do a post that talks about purpose on a deeper level!
- Commit to putting things in their place – I’ve only recently learned the importance of putting things away in the correct place and boy, it’s a game changer. Not only is it easier to find items, but my room looks cleaner (even on a messy day).
- Deep clean regularly – Spring cleaning is a form of deep cleaning, but you don’t have to wait until “spring” to deep clean. I make it a habit to do a deep clean every two months. As I’ve embraced minimalism I realized clutter stresses me out, so deep cleaning regularly helps me remove all the itty bitty junk that accumulates.
- Do a quick clean – in between my in-depth clean sessions; I also do quick cleans. This involves tidying up over five to ten minutes. You’d be surprised at how much you can spring clean in five minutes! I try to do this daily, especially before I start work for the day. If you can’t quick clean my number one tip is always make your bed. Your room instantly looks cleaner.
- Take it pro – did you know you can spring your blog or biz? I shared ten ways to spring clean your blog or business over on The Coco Creativ. Spring cleaning isn’t only about getting your bathroom sparkling; check out those tips and get your blog or biz into shape!
Ready to become a minimalist with this spring cleaning help?
Don’t worry; minimalism isn’t for everyone; there are lots of people who think my approach to life is weird. However, combining minimalism with cleaning has been helpful for me.
I appreciate the idea of everything having purpose and meaning and being able to clean my way to that lifestyle helps me develop as a human being.
Are you interested in minimalism? Are you going to spring clean this year? Do you think you could combine the two? Let me know in the comments below!