Simplify and De-Clutter Your Home

by Brenda Wilson 05/05/2019

It is one thing to organize your space, it's something completely different when you are also trying to create a minimalist lifestyle. Becoming a minimalist is not about finding all the right storage containers, matching bins, and lidded tubs. Instead, it is about removing the need for all those containers, drawers, and tubs in the first place. Making a de-cluttered, minimalist home become a lifestyle choice requires that you set some boundaries and develop some informal, but non-negotiable, rules.

Here is how to start

Make “no” a positive word. 

It is easy to bring something into your home with the idea that you will see if you use it, and if not, you will pass it on. Instead, make your first options pass on it. The challenge with bringing it in is that you have accepted it. Now, if you decide you cannot or will not use it, you are stuck with the feelings of guilt for having taken it in the first place. So, turn down those gift bags, nix the value-added freebies, leave behind the party favors and mementos.

Cull with consistency. 

Going through the items you do allow into your home regularly to weed out some of the stuff that crept in, or that you no longer use keeps your new lifestyle in check. Create a location in your home (box, basket, bag, cabinet) where you place items you need to consider for culling. If you do not love them, do not use them, or are not sure, but them in the consideration container. Every month or so, look at what is there. If you know you will not use it, drop it off at a charity donation center.

Pause before a purchase.

Just because there is a sale, you do not have to buy something. Moreover, if a salesperson is pushing, just walk away for a breather. The truth is, if you did not need it before you went to the store, you do not need it now. So, the real question is, do you genuinely want it, or are you responding to the sales tactics and marketing ploys meant to part you from your money. Of course, if you do decide you either want or need it, you should still pause long enough to learn if there is a better deal someplace else. 

Learn to become detached.

Homes filled with sentimental items that came from Grandpa or Aunt Suzy or your first-grade teacher or your children’s school projects can quickly overwhelm you. Although it is difficult, learning to retain the sentiment rather than the item can help you steer your minimalist life on track. Instead of keeping the thing, consider taking a photo of it and storing it in a digital memory book. Then, feel the freedom of giving the item to a family member that has always wanted it, or pass it on to a charity.

Once you have embraced the minimalist lifestyle, use these boundaries to help you keep it there. If you are paring down to facilitate a move, your real estate agent can help you find the perfect minimalist home for you.

About the Author
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Brenda Wilson

THE SARASOTA PARADISE GROUP - 2018 Craig & Brenda have successfully listed HOMES & CONDOS located in LAKEWOOD RANCH COMMUNITIES, and WATERFRONT, BEACHFRONT, GOLF COURSEs including many unique properties requiring their customized expertise. Many of their clients have relocated from around the globe including year-round and part-year owners. Craig is a Broker Associate and earned the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist and the Certified Distressed Property Expert designation, and is also a New Home Specialist. Brenda is a licensed Realtor and earned her Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist along with numerous other designations. The Wilsons have a proven success record with tremendous staff & systems. As top listing agents, their marketing plan is professional, proven and includes an aggressive multi-pronged internet marketing campaign. Married for 34 years, Brenda & Craig were both raised in upstate New York near Binghamton, where Craig graduated college with an accounting degree. After remodeling several homes of their own, they moved to Virginia Beach in 1986 to partner a start-up financial service business ALMOST A BANC, offering check cashing, money orders, Western Union and packaging services. Building to 19 locations with over 120 employees and gross revenues in excess of $3 million per year, they sold the company in February 1992 to a Bear Stearns subsidiary. Craig held his Virginia Real Estate license and negotiated dozens of commercial leases for check cashing & tax centers. In 1991, Brenda & Craig started Quick-File Tax Network (similar to H & R Block tax preparation centers). Quick-File Tax Network quickly expanded to 29 offices in Virginia & Maryland – offering Tax preparation services & refund loans. With 100+ employees each season, they processed 4,000 – 7,700 tax returns per season, and then sold the business in 1995. Their custom designed FEEBASE database, training & form kits were licensed by Mellon Bank for use by thousands of other tax offices around the country for several years. In 1994, Craig went to work as a Sales representative for McCarthy Enterprise that included relocating to Rockport, Texas and lots of travel, selling time management systems & journals to manufacturers of leather & vinyl planner covers. During this same timeframe, Brenda started her career in Real Estate, working for Coldwell Banker, and then moved to a small luxury brokerage Key Allegro Real Estate in Rockport. Brenda was a Rookie of the Year in 1995 proving herself a valuable asset receiving various awards for top production. In July 1999, the Wilsons made their move to Tulsa, Oklahoma to pursue Bible College for Craig and start their real estate career together. Craig graduated Bible School and worked part time as a Children’s Pastor for 3 years. During this same time, Brenda & Craig quickly evolved into a top real estate team averaging over 60 sales per year in 2000-2004. During their last year in Tulsa, the Wilson Hometeam was the number one Keller Williams Real Estate team in the Tulsa Market with 80 sales. Systems were fine tuned, followed by many happy buyers and sellers. In July 2004, the call of the sunny Gulf Coast climate and sales opportunities led Brenda & Craig to relocate to Paradise on Florida’s gulf coast in the Sarasota-Bradenton area. They transferred to Keller Williams Realty Select and have consistently earned many top production awards annually for the past 13 years. Craig and Brenda's team continues to evolve as their daughter, Jessica Coay, became team administrator in 2016 – working at the office 3 days a week. In 2017 she activated her real estate license and has now joined the team working with buyers and sellers. In 2017, they joined with Fine Properties and have also hired Judi Wilson as a full-time team administrator. The Sarasota Paradise Group gives you the advantage of having multiple agents to hold open houses, show property, and watch the market continuously to assist our clients navigate their real estate needs! If you’re considering selling or buying a property, let Brenda & Craig show you the benefits of working with an experienced team with a proven plan for maximizing your return. Call Craig & Brenda at (941) 321-8686.