For those of you who read (and watched) yesterday’s blog about what a minimalist might have in their bedroom and closet, I wanted to share an added benefit I had never considered. Cleaning now takes half the time it used to!
Yes, just think back to my bedroom and closet. To clean the bedroom, I dust two night stands, vacuum, wash the sheets and I’m done. There’s nothing else in that room to tend to! Based on what I have on the night stands, the whole room takes 5-10 minutes to clean top to bottom (excluding laundry cycle time). Another trick…it’s so easy, I am more likely to do that cleaning!
Now, on to the closet. I’ve done three rounds of Project 333 which you can follow here, here and here. This is a project where you select 33 items to wear for 3 months. Clothes, jewelry, accessories, coats and shoes count. Underwear, gym wear and jewelry you never take off, don’t count. The last Project 333 round finished with me doing another major de-clutter, this time using the Marie Kondo method. At that point I didn’t count, but I suspect all of my clothing and shoes totaled 50-75 items. I continue to put seasonal items in my guest closet, to allow my present closet to be items I am actively wearing. The unexpected benefit of this is, so much more ease when getting dressed. Now I only have items that I love and that fit. This gives me way more focus and way less indecision when it’s time to go from shower to ready for my day.
With less cleaning, more focus, having items I love and use, I experience more peace of mind. That is a quality that is not easy to quantify, but it’s value is known and felt every day.
Here’s to peace of mind. It matters even if we can’t measure it! How might you create more peace in your world?
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