Cosy minimalism is a balancing act between living life as a clutter magnet or that of a minimmalist.
It’s different for all of us, but essentially it’s about creating and maintaining a home with function and flow. You know you’ve got the balance right when you’re surrounded by things you love and use, and you can find what you need when you need it.
It’s not about counting items in your home, creating an inventory and ruthlessly purging your possessions. It’s about you deciding that you want to live differently and working to find and then maintain the balance.
How to Find Balance
The reason why cosy minimalism is a balancing act is because it focuses on evaluating what you have, what you need (or no longer need), what you love and want to keep. It’s about creating a home that reflects you and what matters to you by using the fewest number of items to their maximum effect.
Decluttering is the first, and most challenging step in the process of finding your balance. Having a purpose or goal that is bigger than ‘tidying-up’, or being able to see the floor in your junk room is fundamental to you success.
The S.A.N.E method of decluttering
I developed the S.A.N.E method of decluttering after many years of working with people to declutter their homes and lives. It stands for ‘Sometimes, Always, Never, Exit!’ and is an effective method to work your way through all your stuff to clear the clutter from your home. Details of the DIY option can be accessed via this link.
How to Maintain Balance
Cosy minimalism is a balancing act because once you’ve achieved your balance you need to maintain it. We live in a consumer society. Those we love, and who love us are constantly subjected to messages to buy, give and receive, as are we!
The challenge is to learn how to say ‘thank you, but no thank you’ to unwanted gifts. Resisting the temptation to buy things we don’t need or want is the other major behaviour change that the Cosy Minimalist needs to embrace.
How I Help
I provide a DIY guide mentioned above, and run community-based free Clutter Busting Workshops .
I also use my skills as a clutter whisperer to work with people in their own homes.
To find out more about me, how I do what I do and my results explore this website. It’s packed (but not cluttered), with information, advice, tips and stories of hope and inspiration.