5 Mindful Habits that Lead to a Minimalist Home

updated Nov 1, 2020
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Creating a beautiful, minimalist home can be done in one fell swoop with the help of some major de-cluttering—but maintaining a minimalist home is a whole different story.

Clutter is an inevitable part of life, and it tends to accumulate rather quickly. So if you’re after a minimalist space, it’s essential that you implement a few mindful habits into your daily home routine to preserve your streamlined look, functionality, and flow.

Whether you’re a seasoned minimalist or just want to dip your toes into the minimalism movement, these five easy habits will keep your home looking its best.

Mindful Habit #1: Wash Your Dishes as Soon as You’re Done Using Them

The Minimalist Result: It’s safe to say, no one particularly likes washing a sink full of dishes. By hand-washing your dishes immediately after using them not only does it become easier to maintain a clean, clutter-free kitchen, it also means you’ll need fewer dishes to begin with.

Mindful Habit #2: Sort Through Mail as Soon as You Receive It

The Minimalist Result: Mail is another one of those things that tends to pile up fast to clutter your clean aesthetic. Instead of sorting through a massive pile of bills and junk mail at the end of the month, it’s way easier to do it on a day to day basis. It literally takes just a couple of minutes. Immediately trash or recycle any papers you don’t need and scan and save digitally any important documents that you might need to reference later.

Mindful Habit #3: Clear Off Counter Tops Every Night

The Minimalist Result: No matter how neatly lined-up your appliances are on your kitchen counter are or how organized all of your beauty products are on your bathroom sink, if there are too many things on your countertops your home will look very visually cluttered. Make it a point to store things away into cabinets and drawers when you’re not using them.

Mindful Habit #4: Be Very Strict About What You Bring Into Your Home

The Minimalist Result: Maintaining a minimalist home isn’t just about keeping organized the things that are already have in your home, it’s also about keeping out things that you don’t really need. Be more mindful about what you say yes to. Your space is precious. Only take in the things that you absolutely love and know you will use. Don’t accept donations or gifts you won’t actually use, and give yourself at least 24 hours to think before you hit confirm order on that online purchase. You can further minimize unwanted clutter by sharing wish lists with loved ones for birthdays and other special occasions or by asking for experiences instead of material things.

Mindful Habit #5: De-clutter Little Spaces on a Regular Basis

The Minimalist Result: Although doing a major cleanse of your home in one fell swoop is ideal, finding time to do so is tough, so don’t let that deter you from minimalism. By de-cluttering one little space of your home at a time you can still achieve minimalism bliss. Make Sundays (or any other day of the week) your de-clutter day and tackle just one junk drawer, kitchen cabinet, or closet shelf. It doesn’t have to take long at all. You’ll be amazed at what you can get done in a short 15 to 20 minute time frame.

(Image credit: Lauren Kolyn)