Organizing, Decluttering, Minimizing – What’s the difference?

At first the terms “organizing,” “decluttering,” and “minimizing” all seem interchangeable, however, there are very different mindsets to each. (If you prefer video, scroll to the bottom of this post.)

Organizing is taking items already owned and placing them into categories with like-things together so they are more easily found and put away. Organizing can also bring in several items to the home in the way of various storage containers. Organizing does not involve changing lifestyle habits.

Decluttering has a focus on removing items from the home that tend to collect in certain “problem” areas. These areas tend to become cluttered again and need attention over and over for upkeep. Decluttering may or may not involve lifestyle change, as it’s not the end goal of decluttering.

Minimizing involves a mindset and lifestyle change. Organizing and decluttering always result from minimizing. Minimalism focuses on larger areas of a home – whole cupboards and rooms and often extends to the entire house, eventually. Minimalism is a re-evaluation of one’s belongings. It’s about reducing belongings to only those that are:

  1. loved and/or
  2. serve a purpose.

It’s about reducing items that take up physical and mental space, and valuable time. A minimalist develops habits to stay on top of problem areas. It’s not about bringing containers in to organize, it’s about reducing what you have in order to reduce the need for containers. Minimalism takes the focus off of “stuff” – owning, buying, needing – and replaces it with a focus on “less is more.” Less stuff, less stress, less upkeep equals more money, more energy, more time.

Living with intention involves minimalism. Working with me means you’re ready for a serious change in your life – for the good! You’re ready to:

  • let go.
  • reduce stress and overwhelm.
  • reclaim control of your time.
  • gain control over your space.
  • learn about permanent changes and develop systems so you’re not back in the same scenario a few months from now (or next week.)

Minimalists have a positive impact on the environment by reducing what we own, reducing what we buy, reducing packaging, reducing carbon footprint and so much more. The ripple effect extends a long way. The more people who adopt minimialist habits the better, for the health of our homes, communities, countries, and world.

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